Opinion

Seeing both sides of: evening council meetings

The case for

This one is obvious.

Council works on behalf of the public. The public wants to witness and play a role in that process. That’s pretty hard to do if the public is busy taking care of personal responsibilities like — God forbid — jobs.

North Cowichan has been conducting government at its own convenience, not ours.

A change is long overdue.

 

The case against

It’s way too easy to fall for the red herring rhetoric in this debate.

The truth is, the public plays very littel role in a typical council meeting.

There are no more spectators present at evening school board or Duncan council meeting than there are at a North Cowichan afternoon meeting.

Spectators come only when they have a concern and if they have a concern they will be there — day or night.

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