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Fernie launches webcasts of council meetings

Fernie City Hall.  - T. Hynd
Fernie City Hall.
— image credit: T. Hynd

Fernie has launched on-demand webcasts of City Council meetings and public hearings. This new service is available through Fernie’s website (www.fernie.ca), giving residents the opportunity to watch meeting webcasts from the comfort of their home.

“I am pleased to introduce webcasting,” said Mayor Mary Giuliano. “This initiative will help to ensure that our decision making process remains open, informed and understood.” The new webcasting service complements Mayor and Council’s goal of building a more accessible, transparent, and accountable local government. Last year, Fernie redeveloped its website and launched its Twitter site.

“Citizens will be able to access meeting videos at their convenience, along with the supporting materials such as staff reports and meeting agendas,” said Jim Hendricks, Chief Administrative Officer. “Successful communities foster engaged citizens.”

The City has contracted with Granicus, an award-winning cloud applications provider for government transparency, efficiency and citizen participation. Its solutions are designed specifically to help public agencies establish meaningful connections with their community online, over social networks, and mobile devices while reducing operational costs.

Video streaming coverage will commence at 7 pm Monday, February 11 with the City of Fernie regular Council meeting. To view this meeting and a list of archived meetings, please visit www.fernie.ca and click on ‘City Hall’ and ‘Meetings & Minutes’. Regular Council meetings will be broadcast on Shaw TV Channel 10 at 3:30 pm on Tuesdays and 11 am on Thursdays.

 

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