Damaged translation equipment puts Iqaluit council on hold

A power surge ‘may have damaged our translation and recording equipment,’ said councillor Romeyne Stevenson, after a city council meeting was cancelled last night, and rescheduled for 4 p.m. today.

City councillors in Iqaluit had to put their concerns with the dump fire and other pressing municipal issues on hold yesterday, as their regular biweekly meeting was cancelled. 

City council usually meets every two weeks, on Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

Last night, councillors went home early because of faulty translation equipment that may be linked to a power outage earlier in the day.

Romeyn Stevenson says he's seen a lot in his five years as a city councillor, but this is a first.

“The surge may have fried our translation and recording equipment, so we couldn't have the council meeting.”

Council meetings are held in both Inuktitut and English and, as a matter of public record, they need to be recorded.

The delay is causing headaches for some councillors, including Kenny Bell, who says he's eager to tackle some major ongoing issues, such as a fire at the dump that’s been burning for three weeks.

“It's really important because we're so far behind on everything in the city, and everything that comes forward, we have to deal with as fast as possible.”

Stevenson, too, is keen to get back to work.

“Every meeting has very important business. This meeting has very important business. I'd like to get it talked about and sorted out and motions made.”

The meeting is now scheduled for today at 4 p.m., depending on if the translation and recording equipment can be fixed or replaced before that time.