The population of Sunshine Coast Regional District is dispersed in several small communities. This presents a challenge for the directors in engaging their constituents. Nevertheless, we have many significant and common issues: ferry access, land use planning and potable water among them.
Certainly the first step taken by the SCRD to videotape meetings and upload to YouTube is welcome, as it will provide a delayed view of proceedings and historical record. The next and more important step is to provide direct and immediate access through live stream broadcasts.
In our view, live streaming should be done in two ways. For those with Internet access, computer broadcasting makes sense. For those with cable television, broadcast on the community channel should be arranged. By following both of these paths, the largest number of residents would be served. It would also allow the largest number to engage in the discussion as it is actually happening.
Computer access is relatively simple and inexpensive and requires little hardware or setup. Cable television is required by the CRTC to provide local programming and cable companies have a fund of some $130 million for that purpose. Both are common in many communities throughout Canada.
We ask that the SCRD move quickly to develop these links. This is a particularly crucial time given the land use issues and swelling concerns over the ferries.
Rolef Ohlroggen, Roberts Creek
Paul Johnston, Roberts Creek
Anna Banana, Roberts Creek
Jack Stein, Gibsons
Keetah Bryant, Gibsons
Devon Johnston, Sechelt
Darren Inkster, Sechelt
Caron Cameron, Sechelt
Shawn Hill, Gibsons