Records reveal 'secret' in-camera meetings increase by 175% in Vancouver

Post by Daniel Fontaine in


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For everyone living in Metro Vancouver, they will vividly recall how holding 'secret' in-camera meetings became the hot-button issue for the last civic election. Mayor Robertson and his colleagues railed against what they referred to as a 'secretive' and 'backroom' NPA government.

So we at thought it was time to check in to see how many 'secret' in-camera meetings the new Vision Council was having compared to the previous NPA administration. We reviewed the minutes of the first three months of Sullivan's government (Dec 2005 - Feb 2006) compared to that of Robertson (Dec 2008 - Feb 2009).

We have confirmed with the City Clerk's Office that Robertson held (or is planning to hold) an astounding 11 in-camera meetings, compared to only 4 sessions for Sullivan's administration. That's works out to a 175% increase in the number of 'secret' in-camera meetings compared to the last administration. At this rate, we estimate Robertson will have held approximately 180 in-camera meetings before his term is out. As we say, so much for openness and transparency.

Normally the number of in-camera meetings held at Vancouver Council is not an issue. Nor would we make it one. However, the fact Robertson made so much of a stink about it last November, leaves him wide open to criticism regarding the amount of meetings he's holding behind closed doors.

Here is a complete list of 'secret' in-camera meetings held by Vision since they formed government last last year.

  1. December 8, 2008
  2. December 12, 2008
  3. December 16, 2008
  4. December 18, 2008
  5. January 12, 2009
  6. January 20, 2009
  7. January 22, 2009
  8. February 3, 2009
  9. February 5, 2009
  10. February 11, 2009
  11. February 17, 2009 (scheduled)

Now compare this to the previous NPA administration:

  1. December 13, 2005
  2. January 17, 2005
  3. January 31, 2006
  4. February 14, 2006

If you have a few hours, you can find a record of all the dates of in-camera meetings held in Vancouver by checking out the award-winning City of Vancouver website.


Wow, nearly 3X more evil, in-camera secret meetings than the NPA already?!

I think we'll see over the next 3 years just how hypocritical Gregor, Vision and COPE were during the recent election. In fact, it would be great if CityCaucus could keep a running tally of the many promises that Gregor and Vision/COPE have broken. They are already starting to pile up.

Huh..?? 11 meetings translates to a 175% increase...depends how you want it to sound...numbers can lie and liars can figure....big deal about the incamera many were about issues that affect hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayers money...those are the meetings that need to be "discussed"..apparently you dont get the point....if this was a hot button issue it would be front page news...(like the npa meeting re the olympic village)...hopefully this makes some sense...and the npa....what npa...arent they adrift somewhere with no motor or sails???

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