Webcam considered for City Hall

Catching a glimpse of Campbell River’s beautiful waterfront may soon be possible without ever leaving your home

Catching a glimpse of Campbell River’s beautiful waterfront may soon be possible without ever leaving your home.

The city is looking into installing a webcam that would stream live video through the city’s website.

Warren Kalyn, manager of city information services, said the camera would not only enhance the website but promote tourism.

“It will provide exposure,” Kalyn told council Tuesday night. “Webcams provide a first impression for virtual tourists before they actually visit the municipality and are a very effective tool for tourism and cultural promotion.”

The camera, which would have a hardened shell to protect it from rain and snow and have night vision capability, would cost the city a one-time fee of $2,300 for installation and purchase, and an annual fee of $900 to cover the cost of the Internet Service Provider, which would come out of the council contingency fund.

Kalyn recommended the camera, which would provide a 24/7 panoramic view of the waterfront and downtown core, be located on the roof of City Hall but Coun. Andy Adams said he would rather the city look into purchasing a webcam already mounted at the Maritime Heritage Centre not currently being used.

“It may be more economical to use that one for the city,” said Adams. “It’s already set up there. It makes sense to inquire before purchasing another camera for a different location.”

The motion passed with Coun. Roy Grant opposed because of the cost.

Just Posted

Community profiles show social determinants of health

Reports depict life in Campbell River and other Strathcona communities

‘Free Willy’ bill to end whale captivity supported by MP Blaney

Blaney says law would have died without efforts by New Democrat MPs

VIDEO: Pickup truck smashes into Campbell River home

No injuries reported in Friday morning incident

Help needed in locating concrete pump stolen from Campbell River business

The pump is considered a very high value item to the business

As sea levels rise, Campbell River considers raised buildings and roads, extended breakwaters

City planning for one-metre sea level rise by 2100 amid human-caused climate change

VIDEO: First Nations, developer call for return and protection of sacred B.C. burial site

Dozens of First Nations leaders gather on grassy plateau to call on action by provincial government

Teen stabbed after end-of-night limo dispute in downtown Vancouver

A young man, 19, is in serious condition following a dispute between two groups

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

LETTER: British Columbia’s forest industry crisis being made worse

Andrew Wilkinson warns of regulatory overload by John Horgan’s NDP

Convicted B.C. child abductor Randall Hopley back in custody 6 months after release

Correctional Services Canada could not provide further details due to privacy concerns

Bears have killed 17 people in B.C. since 1986

Number of bear complaints and bears killed rose sharply during same period

Three Albertans land ‘monster’ sturgeon in B.C.’s Fraser River

For angler who landed the exceptionally large sturgeon it was an ‘incredible dream come true’

Most Read