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The announcement of new security measures
for City Council meetings have generated a great deal of
discussion in the media. I will certainly have to examine the
exact nature of the protocol in order to ensure that these
measures are nothing more than standard provisions that are
being implemented across the Province. There must be no
impression that City Councillors are trying to restrict access
to the public meetings nor should anybody in the media be denied
the right to report on Council meetings.
The issue I have is with the need to
accredit media members. It will depend on what we define as
accreditted media moving forward. The internet has allowed each
of us to become publishers, therefore, should a person with a
blog be treated any different from a reporter from a daily
newspaper? My answer is no. Therefore, in reality, every citizen
of the City of Greater Sudbury is a member of the media,
especially social media.
I think this has been overblown, but I
assure you that my position is that we must ensure transparency
and accessibility for all members of the general public.
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