How to Watch the Public Hearing on Supportive Housing

Did you attend the Abbotsford Council Public Hearing on February 3rd? The City of Abbotsford reported in a Media Release this morning that 90 speakers presented their views on the proposed Abbotsford Community Services supportive housing project. It was a full house at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, with hundreds in attendance.

If you missed the Public Hearing, you can still watch a recording of the meeting. All council meetings are broadcast live on the web, and then archived. Here’s how to watch the February 3rd Public Hearing:

First go to the City of Abbotsford website.  (You can click here to go directly to the archived meetings page)

Select the Mayor and Council menu, then Agendas and Meeting Schedule, and Archived Streamed Council Meetings.

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You’ll now search for the council meeting you’re interested in. Recent meetings will be displayed in red on the calendar. Click on February 3 for the Public Hearing, then click on Search, and then on the meeting you’re interested in. In this case, it’s the Regular Council meeting.

Video Player for Council Meetings

The Council meeting should now start playing. You may need to wait 10 or 15 seconds before it begins. Once it’s playing you can click on the timeline and skip ahead — but I find that the player doesn’t always respond smoothly. If the playback freezes you may have to close your browser and start over. If you can’t get the video to play at all, try a different browser. I was able to get it to play on my Mac using Google Chrome and Safari, but not Firefox.

The web streaming cut out around midnight. Some people at the meeting reported on Twitter that there were about 15 speakers left at that point.

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If you have any questions about these recorded videos of city council, please contact the City of Abbotsford. I’m interested in the web streaming because of my video production business. I also produced Abbotsford Council television coverage for Rogers Community 4 for a number of years. Back then we would use a mobile production truck and a team of volunteer camera operators, but these days they are using robotic cameras installed in council chambers.


Posted by Keith Dobie / Pathfinder Productions