Video Meetings

Did You Know... With an eye towards fostering greater transparency, Town Council is looking into the feasibility of having council meetings recorded on video to be posted on the Town website.

 


Feasibility of Council meetings on video being considered

 

With an eye towards fostering greater transparency, Athabasca Town Council is looking into the feasibility of having council meetings recorded on video to be posted on the Town website.

 

Councillor George Hawryluk introduced the idea to Council, and Town administration is now investigating the costs and other factors.

 

“We seem to be preaching transparency,” George explains. “Having meetings recorded and posted on the Town website could be the most transparent thing we could do as a council.”

 

The move would make council meetings available to anybody with computer and Internet access, he says, and would help to reduce misinterpretation and speculation that sometimes occurs due to second-hand information.

 

“Not everybody can attend the meetings. Video would give people access to what’s happening in Council and they could see the meetings without being edited. There would be no question as to what was actually said.”

 

George notes, too, that the preamble and discussion for some issues may be of greater interest and value to some people than even the decision itself, and not all comments and discussion are recorded in the official meeting minutes. Video would address that aspect of the issue. The technology and the expertise to do this is readily at hand, he says, so why not look into it?

 

“We have the means and we have the expertise in our community. Let’s make the best use of the technology we have available to us,” says George. “I’m all for it.”

 

Once the costs and requirements to implement the video recording of council meetings are known, Council will consider the viability of the initiative and will make a decision on how to proceed.

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