Comment 19147

By markwhittle (registered) - website | Posted February 22, 2008 at 11:48:50

After reading Councillor Mitchell and the “leaks” emanating from city hall, I’m left with a profound sense of sadness at council’s collective secrecy during meetings by using a communications device to send messages to each other instead of speaking their minds.

These devices are designed for secrecy in their ability to send information using PIN numbers that are not an extension of the e-mail servers owned by the public that each Councillor is elected to use.

Therefore, getting those PIN records, if they haven't already been destroyed, is virtually impossible given the PIN server is privately owned enterprise.

Seems to me the fairest way to stop the “leaks” to the media would be to ban communications devices from all official meetings attended by Councillors and staff.

That way conversation between councillors regarding the matters before council will be in the public’s domain which allows the spotlight of accountability to once again shine brightly upon council.

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