Monthly Archives: October 2018

Candidates Cafe 2018

There was a third all candidates thingy on Oct 13, 2018.

The previous forums took place at the auditorium in the high school, this one was in the upstairs of the curling rink.

Previous forums had a single speaker / audience dynamic. Well, except for the Mayoral Candidates one which had no questions from the audience.

This ‘café-style’ event had a small audience for each candidate, basically 4 or 5 chairs around a small café table. The public were free to ask questions and the candidate answer. On regular intervals a bell was rung and participants urged to switch to another table with another candidate,

The final part of the event was a debate between the candidates for Mayor. Some prepared questions but also questions from the floor.

We had hoped to live-stream the event but technical issues prevented that from working out. We were reduced to streaming from a cellphone, through another cellphone and that eventually died when the batteries ran out.

In a small number of conversations with some of the candidates it appeared that the format worked so maybe we’ll try it again sometime. Like in 4 years or so.

We’d hoped to stream some of the individual candidate Q&A’s and some bits were recorded . . . but in the reviewing there was a marked difference in the quality of the audio that had to do with which part of the room the candidate was located.

The audio from recordings in the larger space at the west end were much easier to listen to than those from the longer and narrower space extending east. Whether that was down to the distance to the neighbouring candidate’s conversations or the distance to the walls is still a matter of conjecture at this time.

But the feeling was that it wouldn’t be fair to show the recordings and have viewers’ opinions possibly shaped by an implicit bias formed because of the quality (or lack there-of) of the audio. Difficult to listen to audio might reflect badly on a candidate irrespective of what was said.

So we won\t be showing those recordings. Another reason to come out to the real live event – you don’t miss as much.

If and when we try this again we’ll be better prepared with better microphones – that might help isolate the speaker’s voice from the background. As long as they wait for the mic to point at them first that is . . .

All in all it was a big learning experience. People learned a few things they wanted to know from the candidates themselves instead of relying on the rumour mill. The candidates learned things about what’s important to the voters. And we learned a few lessons about how to do events like this.

It takes a team.

Thank you Shawna Reichelt for being a moderator and the MC, Ted Invictus and Christopher Stevenson for being moderators, Thomas Reichelt for technical and camera work (and cleaning the tables) and ‘roadie’ Lorraine Van Boeyen.

And for instigating a forum where the public could ask all the candidates, even those running for Mayor, questions . . . thank you Gary Smith and all the candidates who attended and helped make it happen. Thank you for taking a different dance with the democratic process.

 

City Council Oct 9, 2018

Oct 9, 2018 was a long day for council.
It began with a Committee Of The Whole meeting starting at 9AM. That meeting didn’t look very involved in the agenda but ended up taking a lot longer when it actually took place, 2 hours and 49 minutes.
They had an in-camera meeting after that.
In the evening they had one of the shortest meetings on record for this council – less than 11 minutes!
And this will be the last meeting of this council before the voting for the next council happens. (not the very last meeting of this council though)

Where was all the discussion in the Committee Of The Whole meeting?

Regional Topics with Area D, the CAO & Recovery Manager report,

 

The Regular Meeting. Less than 11 minutes. ’nuff said. (normally an item has to get at least 90 seconds of discussion to get a slice in the pie. That left only two slices so I shortened it to 30 seconds)


The meetings from beginning to end.

 

REGIONAL TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION - WITH AREA D Monthly Highlight Reports CAO and Recovery Manager Bylaw 2054 ??? Smoke And Vape Free Places Bylaw revitalization_tax_exemption QUESTION PERIOD FROM THE PUBLIC COUNCIL REPORTS RDKB REPORT Capital Project Funding from Reserves Temporary Use Permit Application 7255 Riverside Drive for a Church Bylaw 2051 - 2019 Revenue Anticipation Borrowing QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA

All Candidates Forums Oct 2 and Oct 4, 2018

It’s Election season and that means there is active campaigning going on.

If you know the candidates by sight you can approach them in public situations and ask them questions. But when you do that only you, the candidate and anyone within earshot hears your dialogue. The public forum idea is that all the candidates show up in the same place, at the same time along with anyone from the public who wants to know more about them – or ask them questions.

In previous years I’ve recorded them for later viewing purposes. This year I did that as well but also Live Streamed them to Facebook.

Not everyone is on Facebook. OR the web. So they will also be broadcast on Shaw Cable TV. (I’m not sure how I’d go about getting them onto Telus and if I did I’m not sure which channel they would appear on)

Below you will see the two forums for candidates wanting to be on council. First is the forum for Council candidates and next is the forum for Mayoral candidates.

If you tried watching the live stream of the Mayoral forum you would have heard the audio problems in the first 10 minutes – I apologize for that – we were trying to tap directly into the PA system to get the microphone feed directly to give you ‘better’ sound. That ended up not working out at all. The version you will find below has good sound.

The Candidates for Council.

The Mayoral Candidates Forum

NOTE: The Mayoral Forum did NOT have provision for questions from the floor. This prompted one member of the audience to get very vocal in his objection.