This is a very simple to implement website element but it is of high significance because it relates to Father Time, who as Virgil put it “rules life”. In the two Millenia since, nobody has challenged that – evidently the chap was smart.
The Trust must recognize the Time dimension and practice “Date Stamping” for all its postings. For the same reason Canada Post stamps the mail and the Patent Office the patent applications.
The one now on the Trust’s Website is akin to a parrot with a poor vocabulary, chanting “Refine your search”, as if stonewalling is not its assigned task! Well, on second thought, the Engine may be potent but the Trust starves the webpage of the information people send the Engine to search for. Or they hide the information from the Engine as they do from us. Well, as Diogenes observed: “You cannot get something from one does not havre it!” He too, was a smart bloke.
In the course of updating the List, I sought to test that search engine. I asked it to find something by entering key words and even its official name – the Engine uniformly returning: “refine your search”. “Refinements” I did aplenty, all to no avail. The item I searched for was: “Bylaw No. 473", which is the Trust’s 2013 Censorship Bylaw, enacted to suppress discussion of the ditch-itazation of Booth Canal; thereafter they deployed it extensively to censor numerous submissions on a variety of important issues they wanted to hush up.
There was an instance (relating, if I remember well to the 2013 website reconstruction) of a call for public input posted in the “employment opportunities” Website slot. When the “person in charge of the website reconstruction” (which is how a Trustee protected the privacy of the Trust person in charge of governance transparency), deploys such tactics, any citizen who learns about it is duty bound to cry “foul!” and do whatever it may take to impress upon the Trust that crime does not pay.
That “ignorance of the law is not a defence” has the pre-requisite of making the law known to the populace. The Trust habitually request compliance with bylaws it keeps in hiding. Indeed, does worse yet, as it concocts bylaws on the fly to punish retroactively those who irk them.
Post prominently on the Website all the bylaws in force, under clear titles like “LTC Bylaws” and “Trust Bylaws”. List the Bylaws chronologically c/w keywords recognizable by the Search Engine.
Ditto for the “Resolutions”, the “by general agreement” items and the “Directives” to the staff issued by the LTC.
Embed a portal to a showcase where people could place items for inclusion in that Agenda or future ones.
“Index & link” the Agenda Package contents; Embed into the agenda a form, a kind of Hyde Park soapbox, for citizens to pre-approve or pre-object to, or request clarification of “pregnant” agenda items.
Post draft agenda 7 days in advance of events ; the Draft Agenda should carry the public “ammendement” requests through and past the “Approval of Agenda” session into the “Minutes”.