With only 20 gallery chairs set out, and council refusing to go downstairs where they usually move for packed meetings, we filed into council chambers, surrounding the council tables. 79 people fit in the room, with at least another 20 more waiting in the foyer.
The council did not care that they were clearly breaking the fire code.
The video cameras resumed, and the mayor ordered them shut down. The answer was NO. He was going to play king again and call the police on his own, but coun. Kurtis Smith asked for a vote on this call: those in favour of the OPP call: Mayor Bolton, Deputy Mayor DeBruyn and Coun. MacKinnon. Against the call: Coun. Smitn and Coun. Stokman.
The police arrived but would not enter such a packed room with so many cameras. It was hot and people were getting upset. When the mayor realized that the police were not going to act as they did last time, he adjourned the meeting. We didn’t leave the property until all the council cars had left. The meeting will be rescheduled in a couple days to resume, where the undemocratic changes to the procedural bylaw are to be voted on – a big thanks to all who came! We aren’t done, but we did move forward.