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.
The first city council meeting day of 2018 was a busy one indeed. They had the Committee Of The Whole in the morning, a Budget Overview public meeting in the afternoon, in-camera meetings, and the regular meeting in the evening.
The gallery was overflowing into the hall for the Committee Of The Whole at 9AM. The major draw was, of course, the discussion surrounding a motion, by Councilor Ross, to extend the exit deadline imposed on Whispers Of Hope.
The non-perfunctory topics of this meeting were: (links take you to YouTube)
This meeting also saw a return to Live Streaming. This first day back live wasn’t without troubles. The audio was initially slightly garbled but improved quite a bit. Until it got bad again and then worse and then I checked and found that the batteries powering the device (zoom H2) I was using to pick up the sound had run out of power. This was fixed with a quick AC/DC converter purchase. But then when the equipment was reconnected before the evening meeting the software couldn’t see the camera it had been using all morning and afternoon. By the time a replacement was attached and device drivers updated it was 7 or 8 minutes into the meeting.
Even with these problems the topic drew viewers. Hundreds of views happened and at one time there were 50 simultaneous watchers. With this being an election year we hope to live cast every meeting in addition to making them view-able here on the web and on Shaw Cable TV. (the live webcasts of these meetings ended up on my personal youtube channel instead of the gftvca channel – to those who subscribed during the stream thinking you might see more of the same in the future I invite you to subscribe to the correct channel, the one the links above on this page point at)
Evening (Regular) Meeting
The actual decision on what to do with Whispers Of Hope wasn’t made until the evening meeting. By the time they got around to discussing it their fatigue was showing.
For those not into the pie chart, these were the non perfunctory topics of the meeting:
There was a public meeting at Perley School Dec 14, 2017 at 6PM. As the poster shows it was titled “Building a Safe and Secure Grand Forks”.
Essentially the meeting was about the homeless and the problems that both they and the residents of the city face. Within the ranks of the homeless are people affected by mental health issues, substance abuse addictions, and poverty. And a small group of criminals engaged in property crime: trespass and theft.
The topic has fueled much rancorous discussion in both council chambers, the coffee shops of the town and online social networking.
The meeting was facilitated by 3 city councilors: Butler, Ross and Tripp (though most of council was present). A panel of speakers from various agencies involved in this spoke and answered questions. Representatives from Mental Health, the RCMP, Block Watch, and Citizens On Patrol faced a crowd of over 100 residents in a session that lasted 2 hours. People associated with Whispers of Hope and Boundary Emergency Temporary Housing and Shelter were also present in the audience.
City Council held one regular meeting on Sept 18, 2017
It was a short meeting and nothing controversial or intense happened.
A short note on the pie chart: there are more items in the agenda than slice that appear in the pie. This is because anything that takes less than 90 seconds doesn’t become a slice in the pie. The ‘missing things’ are in the meeting – they’re just between the things that took long enough to become pie slices. IF you choose to view the meeting on YouTube you will find a list of links, to every item in the meeting, in the read more description of the video.