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City administration set to release transparency report

Last Updated Dec 4, 2018 at 8:22 am MDT

Calgary Councillor Jeromy Farkas speaks to reporters in Calgary on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland
Summary

City administration will be bringing back a report and recommendations dealing with transparency at council Tuesday.

The councillor who has spearheaded the move for more transparency, Jeromy Farkas said this is a great first step.

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – City administration will be bringing back a report and recommendations dealing with transparency at council Tuesday.

The report said one in five agenda items have a confidential component to it and they are recommending changes including how long things are kept confidential and tidying up the amount of time in behind closed doors.

The councillor who has spearheaded the move for more transparency, Jeromy Farkas, said this is a great first step.

“It’s a good reminder that at City Hall we work for Calgarians and we need to be able to do that not only transparently but in a way that builds and restores trust,” said Farkas.

“Knowing full well that this is just the first step in a number of reforms, I feel really happy that we are starting to take this issue just as seriously as Calgarians are telling us it is.”

He adds he would like to have an open meetings law where everything is held in the public with the exception of legal matters.