That probably won’t happen, however, because at a December council meeting, in a closed-door secret part of the meeting, after the TV cameras were turned off and the reporters kicked out of the room, council appointed two new members to the Design Review Committee. One of the two was Noel Fowler, an architect hired by Ramia to design the Nova Centre. After council made the appointment, it voted to make to make the appointment known publicly, but besides changing the committee membership list on its website, no effort was made to actually notify anyone about the appointment: no press release was issued, and Fowler’s name isn’t in the meeting minutes.
When the Design Review Committee considers Nova Centre---probably in a couple of months---Fowler will be required to abstain from the discussion. But he’ll be sitting at the table for every meeting before and after, working closely with people who will ultimately decide the fate of his own project. Fowler hasn’t returned a call from The Coast, but a city spokesperson insists social relations won’t influence the committee's work. We’ll see.