As many have likely seen is this week’s Standard, North Durham councils, most recently Uxbridge, have decided to look into on-line live streaming of council meetings.
This is a move that is overdue in these rural communities.
Live streaming is already a success in larger municipalities such as Oshawa and Whitby. Being in the age of technology., the devices to broadcast are more readily available.
This also will be a great move for transparency, first of all to media such as The Standard. Up to now, there has been no way to prove what was actually said at a council meeting, at times leading to claims from council members that their words have been mis-interpreted or they have been misquoted. This service will allow for a digital record of everything that was said or done at a meeting or session. Accuracy is always been a priotirty for The Standard and this will be another tool to help with that.
This should also speed up many meetings as councillors won’t have to spend too much time trying to figure out what was said or council’s actions at a previous meeting. They would also likely be even more careful in making sure their words could not be interpreted another way as they will be on the record.
For those people who cannot make it to a council meeting for whatever reason, live streaming would allow them to continue to keep track of the goings on of their local municipality without leaving the house. This could also get more people involved as well in local politics as the information will be at their fingertips.
Scugog and Uxbridge have often been behind the rest of the Region in technology efforts, which is why Scugog has recently invested themselves in efforts such as providing a better internet connection for residents. This is one way of catching up to the trend of emerging technology.
Luckily North Durham politicians have started to bring their municipalities into the 21st Century. Better late than never
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