Acting Mayor Kerrie Reay announced at the end of this evening’s Committee of the Whole meeting that they have received a legal opinion stating that the “Public Input” portion of the agenda now refers strictly to public input specifically on agenda items. Reay said that they received that legal opinion this afternoon.
So, item #4, Current Issues: Public input did not happen tonight, even though there were several presenters ready with, um, “Current Issues.”
According to Gabryel Joseph, Director Corporate Services, who quoted a number of sections of various acts, Sooke has been doing it wrong since 2009.
It is unclear how someone will get in front of council with a current issue if they are not accepted to present a delegation in the first place.