Recommendation # 35: Free and open Wi-fi should be immediately installed at City Hall and all Civic Centres.
Coffee shops have known for many years that providing Wi-Fi is a great way to attract customers. And universities, libraries and City Halls across North America have been installing Wi-Fi to increase accessibility and participation – since 1994. Here’s a timeline, illustrating how far behind we are:
Having wi-fi at city hall would:
➊ Make it easier for citizens to attend meetings during work hours.
➋ Encourage citizens to interact with the proceedings by downloading reports, viewing agendas, tracking votes and submitting written deputations directly to the Clerk.
➌ Allow more citizens to use Facebook and Twitter at City Hall, raising public awareness about Council issues and procedures.
The irony of all this, is that the City has won awards for their amazing user-friendly City Council web portal … but most of us can’t access it at City Hall!
Here are some photos I’ve taken recently to help inspire the City: