What’s going on at Brampton City Hall?

Brampton, February 5 (CINEWS): You would think Brampton’s councillors would be working together to create strategies to attract more companies to set up shops in the city, create a better public transportation plan but they’ve been doing what many residents in the city see as quite the opposite. One they killed the LRT project which might have been a case of something better than nothing and Uber has been put on notice. Uber would on the brampton city hallother hand fill in the vacuum that exists because of spotty mass transit by giving residents a cheaper alternative to getting around.
Putting in place bans seems to be the done thing and so the recent news out of Brampton City Hall is that its councillors have agreed to uphold a ban on texts, tweets and surfing the web during council meetings amid rumbles of protests from some who believe that decision should be theirs’ to make.
Council agreed last year to impose temporary restrictions on the use of electronic devices as a trial run. Corporate Services Committee moved Jan. 20 to impose a lighter ban that allows elected officials to “look at their smartphones” but prohibits them from texting and sending emails during daytime regular council and committee meetings.”
The new policy doesn’t carry any sanctions for rule breakers. A councillor can only be reprimanded if a complaint is filed and the City’s integrity commissioner finds the individual is guilty of violating the rules – a disciplinary process councillors even admitted is a kind of a stretch.
Last October, city councillor Jeff Bowman introduced a 90-day ban on the use of electronics during council and committee meetings arguing many of his council colleagues had trouble “showing restraint” on the use of smartphones and tablets during meetings.
His initial motion lost narrowly at committee by a vote of 6-5 but was ultimately supported at council after regional councillor John Sprovieri had a change of heart and switched position. Sprovieri said he received a lot flack from residents this week on the issue while at the gym, which he took as indication that he made the wrong move.
Council agreed to revisit the ban after three months and take a vote on whether to make the ban permanent.
In the end, the motion was amended to ban texting and emails during daytime meetings. The motion won by a vote of 8-3.
Now don’t be surprised if councillors are tardy with their responses to your emails or concerns, the ban on texting and emailing could well impact their efficiency!

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  1. Ron
    February 5, 2016 at 4:59 pm Reply

    Absolutely wrong. During Council meetings Councillors should be concentrating on what is being said by Council or delegates not on what is on their phone.

    I think at least one councilor is being prompted on how to reply by her direct staff. Shut the phones off!!!!

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