PORT HOOD: Inverness Municipal Council has taken its message to cyberspace.
“We had a notice of motion [regarding our communication plan] at our last meeting on March 7, and we finalized it today,” said Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie. “Immediately following that, we went on-live stream.”
The warden was referencing the fact that last Thursday’s regular council meeting was streamed live on-line at the county’s Web site: invernesscounty.ca. The meeting can also be seen on the municipality’s Facebook page.
From now on, anyone interested in municipal politics can visit both Web sites and watch council meetings in real time.
The warden said she and her fellow council members are happy to have county residents tune in to see all that’s going on with the municipal political scene. It’s a step in the right direction, she said.
“We’ve had the experience of being in front of a camera before, and we’re public figures so we have to be ready to speak to the public, no matter how far reaching it goes,” she said.
“There are several other things that were discussed with the communications plan, but the main reason this was developed for live-streaming.”
Councillor Laurie Cranton said he spoke to the municipal communications and community engagement specialist Karolyn Aucoin prior to last Thursday’s meeting, and he was very pleased with having her behind the camera.
“This is a new thing for us, and we may have to tweak it as we go along,” he said. “It might go really well, and we might run into some technical problems, but I think we have some experts here to help it go really smoothly.”