Municipal watchdog files complaint against Langford, claiming lack of transparency
A municipal watchdog group has filed a complaint with the Office of the B.C. Ombudsperson against Langford for declining to make councillors’ financial disclosure documents available online.
Municipal officials are required to disclose their assets, debts and sources of income to identify what areas of influence and possible financial benefit they might have by virtue of being in office.
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Langford's finally made the decision to make audio of regular council meeting available to the public. But not livestreaming. Budget restraints? I don't think so. There has been so much zoning and building done in this city, it stands to reason they have a huge budget, so why wait? Because they don't want us to know and see what is going on behind closed doors. They ignore everything the public puts forward at the meetings, anyway. The zoning and development get passed. Just give a listen.
Earlier this month, Mayor Stew Young agreed to share audio recordings of meetings and consider council live streaming in the next budget. Langford has refused though to publicly release the staff report on livestreaming or defend its decision to go in-camera to discuss the issue.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 21 January 2021 - 12:46 PM.