Council Live Streaming Still Being Reviewed

Wallaceburg Councillor Carmen McGregor, October 26, 2015 (Photo by Jake Kislinsky)

Chatham-Kent council is going to take a closer look at live streaming its public meetings online.

Council has voted unanimously 18-0 in favour of sending the issue back to administration for further review.

Councillor Carmen McGregor, who has been championing the idea of live streaming meetings, put forward the proposal Monday night in order for staff to take a second look at possibly partnering with a local TV provider.

“I referred it back to administration for more information and for them to approach [TV] Cogeco to get the actual live streaming, as opposed to the recommendation on that list, which was for audio and podium visual,” says McGregor.

She says council’s partnership with [TV] Cogeco is important to maintain.

“We’ve worked with TV Cogeco for a long time and I would really like to see them be a part of whatever the solution is that we find, so I don’t want to pull somebody in here competing against them. I’d like to keep and build that relationship that we’ve had with them,” says the councillor.

McGregor says the new addition of live streamed council meetings would make them more accessible to Chatham-Kent residents who maybe can’t leave the house or don’t have cable.

“I think our citizens have the right to be able to see what’s going on and to see what’s happening, and how maybe their councillors are performing,” she says. “It might even help them understand some scenarios, why things are happening the way they are.”