Live webcasting and archiving of council meetings has become commonplace. Many municipalities on Vancouver Island have implemented webcasting so residents are able to remotely follow council business.
North Saanich, Central Saanich, Victoria, Esquimalt, Colwood, Sooke, North Cowichan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Courtenay, Comox and Campbell River provide this valuable service for their residents.
Saanich, the most populous municipality on Vancouver Island, discussed webcasting at a council meeting on Nov. 5, 2012, referring the matter to staff. Yet over two years later, it still hasn’t been implemented.
Whatever the initial expenditure to initiate webcasting, it is more than worthwhile. Saanich has 10 times the population and 10 times the budget of Sooke, therefore cost can’t be a factor.
Hopefully with a new leader, Saanich council will move forward and implement webcasting early in 2015.