A pair of councillors are making a push to keep transparency a focus at city hall.
In a letter that will go to the Corporate Services Committee next week, Councillors Mo Salih and Phil Squire are asking that closed session meetings be audio recorded.
The letter says that some municipalities already employ the practice that the Ontario Ombudsman recommends they do.
“Let’s say there’s an issue about what happened in-camera between councillors. We’ll have access to that,” said Squire. “We’ll also have access, if there was ever an allegation that we were improperly in-camera. We’ll have an accurate record of what was discussed to make sure that it was all properly in-camera.”
Squire added that he hopes having the meetings recorded will keep participants focused, after a lengthy in-camera session Tuesday night.
“This isn’t rocket science. It’s not new, it’s being done elsewhere, and it’s just one of those things I think we really need to clean up.”
The Corporate Services Committee meets next Tuesday at noon.