"Reason is always a kind of brute force; those who appeal to the head rather than the heart, however pallid and polite, are necessarily men of violence. We speak of 'touching' a man's heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it." --G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

E-Town Hall Meeting on Saturday

Staff at City Hall are in the final stages of preparing for this weekend's E-Town Hall meeting at City Hall, and have just issued a detailed note reminding Coquitlam residents how they can participate. Here's the full text, following. I hope to see you there -- or at least hear from you on Saturday.

E-Town Hall Meeting
Your Views Are Important To Us
The City of Coquitlam is hosting its first ever E-Town Hall Meeting!

Setting priorities in the ever-changing municipal environment presents both opportunities and challenges - making it more important than ever that we hear from members of the community regarding the changes taking place in our city.
With this in mind, Mayor and Council invite interested Coquitlam residents to share their ideas and views and provide input at a Town Hall Meeting to be held on:
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Place: Council Chambers, Coquitlam City Hall, 3000 Guildford Way
How to Participate
In Person
You can attend the meeting in person and pose your questions to Council at a microphone set up in Council Chambers.
Watch the Town Hall meeting online and submit your questions through one of these online methods. The online webcast of the meeting can be accessed on the City’s website at coquitlam.ca/webcasts, but the live webcast will not be accessible until 15 minutes prior to the meeting.
Note: Council will be responding to questions on the live webcast, not in direct response via Twitter, Facebook or Email.
·         Email - submit questions for Council via email (townhall@coquitlam.ca), Council will answer questions via the web broadcast for those submitting questions online.
·         Facebook - Residents can submit questions via Facebook. A Facebook event will be set up, residents can register with the event to participate. 15 minutes before the meeting begins, the wall will open for comments to be submitted. Council will answer these questions via the web broadcast (not directly on the Facebook page).
·         Twitter - Residents can submit questions via Twitter using a hashtag that will be posted one hour before the event. Council will answer these questions via the web broadcast (not directly in response to Twitter postings).
More information on this new Town Hall Meeting format and guidelines regarding creating a respectful conversation may be found online at coquitlam.ca/townhall or by contacting the City Clerks Office at 604-927-3010 or email clerks@coquitlam.ca.

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