01/26/2013 11:48 EST | Updated 03/28/2013 05:12 EDT

Sept-Îles ends live broadcast of council meetings

Sept-Îles municipal council members have voted to pull the plug on the local cable company's most popular show — the city council meetings.

The city council held an emergency meeting last Wednesday, to vote on a motion to end the live broadcasts of its meeting, in a bid to restore order at council.

Lorraine Johnson, a municipal councillor for the city 650 kilometres northeast of Quebec City, said the move was necessary because some citizens are showing off in front of the cameras, making a mockery of question period.

"Some citizens do not handle themselves properly," Johnson said. "Most of them are not really there to hear the resolutions and where the money is being spent."

"You know, if they're angry at something, there is a way to say it," she added.

She said the city's contract with the Cogeco cable company, which runs until the summer, will be honoured, even if the council meetings are no longer broadcasted.

Patrick Delobel, the director for Cogeco in Sept-Îles, said the meetings are the company's most popular show and account for nearly 40 hours of programming each month.

"The municipal council is taking an important source of information away from citizens," he said.

He said he expects to meet the city manager as soon as possible to resolve the issue.

The next council meeting is set for Monday evening.