You may not have experienced a public hearing for yourself, but this video is a small glimpse into the world of public hearings as they exist today. Our work is to discover how we can rethink the public hearing process to move toward a less traumatic and more inclusive process, where people have fewer barriers and equitable access to this public process at the heart of local government urban and rural planning procedures that has been touted as a "cornerstone of democracy". We hope these changes will instill newfound faith in the democratic process and give communities a better way to make land use decisions together.
In June, Renovate the Public Hearing Director Amina Yasin was interviewed by Dan Fumano for the Vancouver Sun to talk about the public hearing process and why it needs to change. Read the article here.