Beginning March 24, Calgarians will be able to watch Standing Policy Committees at The City of Calgary live on calgary.ca.
“The webcast is a new viewing medium for Standing Policy Committees,” says Roy Kuhnlein, manager of IT Security and webwave. “Previously, anyone interested in the proceedings of a Standing Policy Committee would have to attend the meeting in person. Now they can view the proceedings online.”
This can be done by clicking on the “Council & Committee Meeting Webcasts” button on the website’s home page. This service will compliment the streaming video of City Council meetings since October 2008.
This project is part of Council’s commitment to improving citizen access to government decision-making. It also allows another viewing medium for City employees who may need to monitor what is happening in a committee meeting, but may not be able to attend in person.
“Although anyone with an internet connection can view the proceedings online, they will have to do this while the meeting is in session, as the meeting webcasts will not be archived,” adds Roy Kuhnlein.
The first committee meeting available via video streaming will be the Standing Policy Committee on Utilities & Environment at 9:30 a.m. on March 24, 2010.
For more information on what a committee is and its function in government please visit here.