My day began with a wonderfully constructive and productive meeting with several members of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods — not to mention a very fine breakfast at Adeline’s on the Drive. The meeting was full of great ideas and companionship and the sharing of news from across the City. Made me feel good.
But when I got home at noon I discovered the City of Vancouver had released the Final Report of the Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force. What could be wrong with that you might well ask. After all, I am always going on about improving community engagement. Well, this Final Report on engaging residents was created without the members of the Task Force or its staff meeting with any of the city’s local Residents’ Associations. That is just nuts!
I have skimmed the Report and am now going through it in detail, and I know I’ll be writing more about it. But how can it be taken seriously when they didn’t even try to communicate with the locals who deal with the problems of civic engagement on a daily basis?