Qualicum Beach mayor turns to tech

If Qualicum Beach wants to attract more young families to the community, it might be a good idea for the town to join the 21st century in terms of the technology it offers, says the mayor.

With the dramatic advances in technology over the past few years, the concept of people driving to work every day to their Toronto or Vancouver office tower is starting to change and this could prove to be good news for Qualicum Beach, says Mayor Teunis Westbroek, if the town is able to jump on board the technological bandwagon.

“These days, people can work from a computer in their homes,” said Teunis Westbroek.

“What is needed is for somewhere people can do video-conferencing. We can provide that site.”

Having the ability to provide video-conferencing would allow people in many professions to do their work over their home computers and then catch up with their colleagues once a week or so without having to travel to company headquarters.

“We have the feeds to connect them with anywhere else in the world with video-conferencing.” Westbroek said.

“Once a week or so, when they need a meeting with their colleagues, they can see them on the screen. It’s just like being there.”

Westbroek said the municipality could provide a room at the Civic Centre, stock it with high-tech equipment and allow workers to book it when needed.

“People would much prefer to work out of home in Qualicum Beach than go to work in an office tower,” Westbroek said.

“We can provide a board room with the equipment they need.”

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