Oct. 22 2014
To: Councillor Arshinoff,
Regarding your “open forum” last evening in Springbank.
You told me and stated in your emails that:
Each speaker will present for 5 -10 minutes, leaving the 2nd hour for questions and discussion.
Every speaker ran well over 10 minutes and you often added your views between speakers so that when the speakers were done it was after 9 pm. The meeting was slated to run from 7 pm to 9 pm. There was no invitation for discussion… only a brief restricted amount of time for “approved” questions after the scheduled completion time for the meeting. Also, some folks had understandably left by then.
You said and stated in your emails:
I will give everyone the same opportunity to express their views, but I won’t allow anyone to dominate the proceedings.
You did not allow everyone the same opportunity to express their views. You did allow your selected speakers and yourself to dominate the meeting.
Councillor Arshinoff… I took you at your word and encouraged people to come. I told them you said it would be an open forum and that “Councillor Arshinoff has stated there will be an extended time for question and discussion.”
I now owe these people an apology.
In the future if you are hosting events I hope you make it clear that they are intended to advance one perspective to the exclusion of all others rather than calling it an open forum. It would be more honest. I think you like honesty.
In respect of the office you hold,
Eric C. Lowther – Executive Director – Rocky View 2020