Upgrades enhance technology capacity and showcase Penticton's creative community

Live-streaming of Council meetings is now available for all digital devices with the City of Penticton Council Chambers upgrades complete.

As part of the 2012 budget, the City undertook an upgrade to the Council Chambers with the aim of facilitating citizen engagement and improved customer service. The City of Penticton has been recording video for Council proceedings for at least 10 years, which also enabled live-streaming online. The former system only functioned on PC platforms and was incompatible with mobile devices or Apple products.

The new streaming system launching tonight is platform agnostic, allowing citizens to view the video stream on all technologies and devices and easily take part in the democratic process. Citizens can link to access the stream.

The overall quality of the streaming should also improve with the installation of the Taiden Digital Conference System - a digital microphone system that is more sensitive to sound, allowing those watching Council proceedings to hear discussion better whether in person or online. Penticton is among the early adopters of the Taiden system, which was recently selected by the United Nations for its proceedings.

Council Chambers are also serving a dual purpose, as the City of Penticton is partnering with the Shatford Centre Okanagan School of the Arts and the Penticton Art Gallery to showcase the creative community by displaying artwork by emerging local artists and students on the west wall.

"We were pleased to have been offered this opportunity to display the first exhibit in the Council Chambers. We also appreciate that Margot Stolz has been able to create this exhibit in such a short timeframe," said Jane Shaak, Executive Director of the Shatford Centre Okanagan School of the Arts. "We look forward to rotating exhibits with the Penticton Art Gallery in the future, providing Mayor and Council with a creative backdrop for their deliberations."

Margot Stolz is the first artist to have her work displayed in this inaugural exhibit arranged by the Shatford Centre Okanagan School of the Arts. Margot's work consists of original encaustic designs on birch wood panels and includes images of the historic Shatford Centre and other heritage buildings in Penticton. The title of this exhibit is "Encaustic Nostalgia."

Artwork will be rotated on an ongoing basis throughout the year. The work is available for purchase, but the space will also serve as a promotional tool for the Shatford Centre Okanagan School of the Arts and Penticton Art Gallery with pamphlets available.