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The City of Fernie invites citizens to complete their online survey regarding surveillance cameras in the Fernie downtown area. The survey will close on January 6 at 9 am.  - Tamara Hynd
The City of Fernie invites citizens to complete their online survey regarding surveillance cameras in the Fernie downtown area. The survey will close on January 6 at 9 am.
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The City of Fernie is inviting your opinion regarding their potential use of video surveillance cameras in the Fernie downtown area. The six question survey touches on privacy issues; whether or not you believe video cameras should be used in public areas like streets, parks, and private property for law enforcement purposes, as long as the cameras would not be used for general surveillance purposes.

If you feel this is an invasion of privacy, this is your chance to be heard.  The survey is open until 9 am on January 6 so don’t wait too long to visit the site if you have an opinion on the matter.

On Nov. 25 Council directed staff that the installation of video surveillance cameras in the downtown core to assist in crime control was to be made a top priority.

“The survey is part of the public process to see if residents are in favour of cameras or not,” said Jim Hendricks City of Fernie CAO. “Staff has done a bunch of the leg work already; we have talked to a local supplier. Once the rest of the background information is in place we can pull the trigger.”

The City of Fernie is inviting citizens to submit their comments to Council on the use of surveillance cameras by completing an online survey at www.fernie.ca or go directly to http://fernie.crayon.ca/web/Fernie/Fernie/Templates/news-detail.aspx?id= 10039&preview=true

 

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