Background: In February, a motion was passed at Council regarding a restructure study. The Mayor and Councillor Keating were not happy at the time, Voices posted this at the time:https://nvcityvoices.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/council-conduct-meeting-mar-3rd/
Following the motion, emails were sent by Councillor Keating and the Mayor to the Chamber expressing displeasure with the Chamber representative speaking on favor of the study, details are here:http://www.cnv.org/attach/2014%2003%2031%20item%2028info.pdf
Email to Chamber:
From: Darrell Mussatto (Mayor)
Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:04 AM
To: ‘Louise Ranger’
Cc: Craig Keating (Councillor); Rod Clark (Councillor)
Subject: your delegation last evening
I have read Craig’s email and, while I agree with the points he makes, I’m also a little concerned about the lack of respect that the Chamber has shown me personally in this matter.
Every year I make myself open to the Chamber to support its events and its activities. I lead the charge on Council to ensure that the Chamber receives a tax deferral to make its operations possible. And I have co-operated with the Chamber – at great expense to my personal political capital – in leading the charge on crucial economic issues like the Low Level Road. It is with little hesitation that I say if I had not shown the leadership the expansion project would not have happened. Just ask Robin Silvester at Port Metro Vancouver.
So I’m more than a little shocked and a lot disappointed that you would not even give me the decency of a phone call or a conversation when you come before Council to support a proposal that would have such a profound impact on my community. Amalgamation is not a small thing. And you chose to simply leave me out – despite all the leadership I’ve shown on behalf of the Chamber and its issues.
I will certainly have to re-assess this relationship – if, on the basis of the above, you can say that we actually have one.
Please circulate this email to all of your Board of Directors. I hope you will have the decency to at least
Councillor Heywood subsequently brought forward a motion yesterday, detail here: item 28 on the Council agenda:http://www.cnv.org/~/media/7E6FBFAFFD404C1598DA2A9B8A2B7432.pdf
The video is available here: Item 28 about; 2.42 timehttp://www.cnv.org/Your-Government/Council-Meetings/Council-Videos/2014-Council-Videos/March-31-2014
I urge you to watch the video, and commend Councillors Bell, Bookham and particularly Councillor Heywood for bringing all this forward and having a discussion with dignity and grace.
Councillor Heywood’s motion passed 4-3: Bell/Bookham/Clark/Heywood