CALGARY (660 NEWS) — The Mayor and City Council are hoping the third time will be the charm as they move ahead with what has been infamously dubbed the “kumbaya” meeting. The fifteen of them are meeting behind closed doors to hash out their differences. Mayor Naheed Nenshi called the Working Together workshop a great opportunity to get everyone together in one room to ask people what they need to get the job done.
“We’ve accomplished a lot. We’ve managed through some very thorny very difficult issues over the last year and a half that we have been together,” he said.
It’s not the first mending of fences for council — in 2012 Mayor Nenshi tried to smooth out some of the “dysfunction” with a closed-door psychology session.
While some have criticized the attempt, Ward 11 Coun. Jeromy Farkas went in today with an open mind.
“I’m eager and willing to put my personal feelings aside and say ‘you know what, what is it that I can do to do my job better’?” he said. “I’m keen to hear from fellow councillors who are willing to do the same.”
It’s council’s third shot at holding the meeting where members can hash out their differences — the last two attempts had to be cancelled over lack of participation.
With files from Ian Campbell.