At an Adelaide-Metcalfe council meeting, the mayor David Bolton calls in the OPP, exercising his “Power of Authority” to remove the videographer from a public/open meeting. The township did not have a bylaw that prohibited videotaping. At a previous meeting the council had discussed videotaping the meeting themselves, or asking videographers to write a letter of intent to council before a meeting that they want to tape. But no discussion was made this day. The mayor ambushed with calling the cops – no alternatives.
Some democracy that is… People- don’t let your democratically elected council run your township like a dictatorship (especially if they have a wind turbine conflict of interest)!
The next meeting the mayor of Adelaide-Metcalfe also wants to add this to the procedural bylaw:
13.3 Members of public must, while in attendance, maintain an appropriate level of decorum. The presiding member may, and at the request of any member of the council shall, determine the appropriateness of activities taking place in the public gallery. Activities which may be disruptive to the meeting, as determined by the presiding member, are forbidden. Persons who do not abide by direction from the Chair shall be required to leave the meeting.
For greater certainty, the following activities are not permitted without authorization from the Chair: applause, heckling, shouting, singing and audible speech or conversations: the use of telephones, lighting, recording equipment, cameras, microphones and similar devices, displays of written or printed material, whether worn or affixed to other personal items, consuming food or beverages other than water, except as provided by the municipality.