Every week, concerned citizens across Metro Vancouver write letters to their local mayors and councils.
Even though these letters sometimes deal with important areas of public policy, they're rarely seen by the citizens.
The District of West Vancouver has done something to address this.
It has added a page to its Web site called "New Council Correspondence Section".
This gives the public an opportunity to learn more about what concerns residents of their community. You can read a sample of the letters here.
Metro Vancouver, TransLink, and every other municipal government in the region should replicate what West Vancouver is doing.
Some of these jurisdictions already include letters from the public in their council packages. West Vancouver is one of them, but it has taken an extra step to highlight public views in a transparent way on its Web site.
There will be some municipal politicians and bureaucrats who will suggest that this could leave a municipality liable to being sued. If so, they can always take out a black pen and cross out anything that they feel is defamatory or in contempt of court.
It's no reason to withhold everything from public scrunity.
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