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Bowman Restates Push for Transparency at City Hall

October 14, 2014 3:46 PM | News

By Brian Schultz

Brian Bowman

Mayoral candidate Brian Bowman speaks at an infrastructure forum on Monday, September 29, 2014. (FLASHBOUND PHOTOGRAPHY)

Brian Bowman on Tuesday reiterated his intentions for creating a more transparent and accessible city hall.

Bowman again promised to improve accountability, transparency and public engagement if elected.

His plan calls for increased proactive disclosure and creating an office of public engagement. The new office would serve as the central system supporting all city projects and ensure that there is consistency and transparency in sharing information with citizens on all projects.

The privacy lawyer would also make council votes easily accessible, including the ability to archive and subsequently search online for past votes.

He would also publish monthly, online, detailed publication of all discretionary budgets used by councillors including but not limited to standing committee budgets and the speaker’s budget.

Bowman said he would encourage councillors to make FIPPA-compliant publication of schedules and calendars, while also publishing the mayor’s office schedule, calendar and the same for senior staff in the mayor’s office.