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"I feel that conversation is supposed to happen at the committee of the whole," Bishop said.
Brothers said that she, the deputy warden and chief administrative officer have decided to make themselves available to councillors immediately following meetings to discuss any type of concerns in an open door policy.
Bishop said she has since spoken with the warden regarding Bylaw 64. However, Bishop said these conversations are supposed to take place in a public forum where citizens can observe them.
Following the incident, Warden Diana Brothers said she would set up a meeting with Bishop to go over policy and Bylaw 64 to see if the councillor has any questions or concerns.
Unless there has been a organized, public workshop where citizens know councillors are going to be discussing these matters, they should not be happening behind a closed door, she contends.
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The issue came to the forefront recently after Coun. Patricia Bishop excused herself from proceedings to take a seat in the gallery and address council during the public comment period.
Bishop said she's "perfectly happy" to follow the rules of decorum, but she was frustrated by not being permitted by the chairperson to fully express her position as a councillor when her allotted time had yet to expire, leaving her feeling pressured.
know they could come in and talk to the warden or CAO if they have concerns about the meeting and procedure bylaw. A few came to the office and asked questions, she said, but Bishop was not among them.
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Bishop said when she's called to order by the chairperson, she'll come to order. However, she'll also do what she can to ensure that all councillor viewpoints are heard and discussed. Nike Uptempo White Black Grey
"On a go forward basis, that's what we'll be requiring of our councillors during that portion of the meeting," MacEwan said.
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