A group of Maple Ridge residents plans to tweet-out at tonight's council meeting.
An open invitation went out on Facebook to meet at Blenz
at 6 p.m., first for a "tweet-up" and then to cross the street to council chambers at 7 p.m. for a "tweet-out."
Katherine Wagner, a former school trustee and member of the "adhoc group" Maple Ridge Council Watch, posted the idea on Facebook.
"This is a non-partisan effort to keep Maple Ridge council accountable," she wrote in her
post. "We are NOT, as a group, promoting any particular agenda or candidate[s]. The opinions of individuals who participate are their own."
Wagner said people who have joined the loosely knit watchdog group come from a variety of political stripes, but the "broad intersection" is the desire for accountability, communication, and public engagement. About 20 people have said they will attend Tuesday night, and many will be tweeting about the council meeting, giving them an opportunity to react and give an opinion - in 140 characters or less, Wagner said. This is also a way for people who are home to follow the twitter chatter.
But tweeting about council, giving their personal perspective, is just one aspect of the group. Wagner also wants Maple Ridge citizens to become more engaged in the political process.
The group is trying to make issues more accessible to the average citizens so they don't have to slog through pages of reports, she added.
District reports are full of technical terms, jargon, written in a "very legalistic way" are "not accessible to the average person," Wagner said. "Where's the summary written in plain English for the average person?"
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