Tuesday May 22nd, 7:00PM @ Adelaide-Metcalfe Twp office 2340 Egremont Dr. , Adelaide
At the last council meeting the OPP were called to remove the resident who was videotaping the open council meeting. No bylaw existed to support this action.
The excerpt below is the “NEW” clause added to the Adelaide-Metcalfe procedural by-law. Note the use of bold ink for greater emphasis. The Ministry of Housing & Municipal Affairs and the Office of the Ombudsman both encourage local councils to provide video-recording of public meetings. This by-law effectively flouts that very reasonable government policy.
The author(s) of this section can only be described as over-controlling bullies. However, it is not passed, yet. (Y)our last chance to bring some sense to this council lies with the May 22nd meeting. Be there at 7PM sharp and show the council that you will not have the ‘mayor’ (king supreme, or whatever he imagines himself) telling residents what to say, what to possess, what to wear and who to speak with.
13.3 Members of the 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 directions 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.
This is a BIG issue as it strikes at our freedom of speech, expression and access to information.