Andy Best, editor of the Guelph Citizen blog, has started a petition hoping to persuade Rogers to stream the ward and mayoral debates online before voting day.
It was great of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce and Rogers Cable TV to arrange, host and record the debates, which were held at city hall over the past fews weeks.
While Rogers is airing the debates multiple times on TV, for those without a television, there's no other way to watch them. And if you can't see the candidates yourself and judge their performance with your own lens, it can be really hard to decide who to vote for. Websites and tweets don't always paint a reliable picture.
The petition points to the importance and value of the debates to help voters make up their minds.
Here's the message from the Guelph Citizen blog:
Currently, these important debates are only available to Rogers TV customers, meaning a large portion of voters in Guelph cannot access this vital democratic resource.
We respect that Rogers is investing its resources in our community by partnering with the Chamber of Commerce to host these debates and for that we are grateful.
We believe that if Rogers gives all citizens the opportunity to view this debate, it will demonstrate its commitment to being a true partner in Guelph’s local democracy.
Please sign and share if you agree.
Andy and Saro
Editors, Guelph Citizen