Webcasts of public Council meetings in Pointe Claire will be temporarily suspended so that work can be carried out to improve the Council Chamber at City Hall.
“The webcasts enabled us to assess the needs of residents attending the meetings and of those who watch them online,” explains Mayor Trudeau. “We have about 550 viewings per meeting, which confirms the need and justifies the improvements.”
Changes to the Council Chamber include installation of permanent technical equipment that will optimize viewing angles and provide a variety of options. The control point will also be relocated to increase the number of people the Council Chamber can accommodate, and improvements will support any communication and management actions taken in case of emergency.
Changes will also be made to the central aisle to make it easier for people move around, ensure adequate access for people with reduced mobility, and provide a space for the media.
Council meeting webcasts started as a pilot project in October 2014. 2015 provided an opportunity to analyze needs and identify improvements to be made.
“This action is part of the ongoing process of improvement that is part of our strategic plan,” says the mayor. “For us, the fact that people can watch Council meetings from home is just as important as the fact that they can attend them in person.”
Webcasts will resume with the Council’s public meeting in September.