To get good insightful answers, how the question is framed matters. I missed an opportunity on Thursday
City Hall’s “Accountability and Transparency” sub-committee meets Tuesday morning as they being an ambitious plan to complete their 2007 work in 2013.
Lead by Ward 12 Councillor Lloyd Ferguson, the committee has been unable to achieve any progress on a lobbyist registry for the past couple of years. In 2007, they were supposed to complete a lobbyist registry policy to improve transparency at City Hall and replace the mockery that is the present voluntary “lobbyist” registry.
The committee will consider a staff report with a time-line to implement the mandatory lobbyist registry policy this year, it does not state when the policy will be implemented.
Agenda not public
The “Accountability and Transparency” sub-committee does not post its agendas or minutes online. Despite public calls for transparency, the committee continues to operate in partial secrecy. Last year, I only received the agenda was it was leaked to me by a source in City Hall.
If the public wishes to see an agenda for this committee, they must make a formal request to the City Clerk. It is not available online, but can be read here.