Public Meeting At The City Of Saskatoon Where I Grew Up

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Bruno, Saskatchewan, a small town east of Saskatoon where I grew up, is known for its hay farms, and cherry festivals. Similar to other small towns, you will find the town office on the busiest street in town-the main street. On February 22, 2016, I attended a public meeting in Bruno’s town office. The public meeting was a town of Bruno regular monthly council meeting. I planned on staying as long as it took for me to get the information I needed on policy and how the council made decisions. Within this council meeting, the council freely discussed matters, occasionally having some order. In addition, there was no form of talking stick, which caused Interruptions and over talking. When considering the ideologies of each person at the…show more content…
Even though the decision-making process was scattered, shared decision making is what was happening. On one issue they were all clear, quick and on the same page. On the other issues discussed they were scattered. There was no one leader of the decision; there were multiple leaders for a discussion at different times. Therefore, as an observer, this was extremely difficult to follow along. Bruno council did follow shared decision-making and a strategic planning approach. Even though they used the majority of the steps, the discussion could have been more formally approached. However, you can take into consideration this council represents a small population. The support for this approach consists of reform-minded policy-makers and leaders, which is hard to come by in a smaller community. These individuals that were sitting at the table are knowledgeable individuals. However, they do not enable the experiences broader sectors do. Even though, Bruno council lacks the broader spectrum, they do practice one of the most important benefits of policy making, shared learning. The first thing on the agenda was revising the employee code of conduct and conflict of interest policy. The administrator asked if everyone read the code of conduct and the policy, some of the council said no. One councillor then asked what the objection to the policy was. The councillor in charge of the policy clarified. She brought forth words that should be changed. Therefore,
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