CORNER BROOK If you’ve visited The Western Star or the City of Corner Brook websites lately you’ll have seen a new feature. The Western Star has a webcam that’s providing live views looking down Main Street from city hall.
The camera went live last Thursday. A red “Live Webcam” link on the top of The Western Star’s home page will take you to the current view of the camera. That view is refreshed every 30 seconds. The city’s website also has a link to the webcam.
Gina MacArthur, communications officer for the city, said the webcam is a six-month pilot project that The Western Star offered the city the opportunity to partner on. The webcam is maintained by The Western Star and the city has first rights to the advertising space on the camera’s webpage.
“We saw it as a really good opportunity to extend our reach online,” said MacArthur. “We’re hoping that by using the space around the camera shot for city focused advertising that we can help drive traffic to places on our website where there’s information that is really important for our residents to see.”
She said there is already some city advertising on the webcam page and the plan is to use a section under the photo as a community notice board where the city can post information that it needs to get out on short notice. Things like water outages.
“It’s a really good opportunity for us to do a little bit of extra outreach to get some messages out there,” said MacArthur.
The camera is mounted on the Main Street side of city hall in what MacArthur calls a good vantage point.
“It’s a really good shot that points down Main Street toward Mill Road. It’s a fairly busy intersection,”she said.
MacArthur thinks the camera will be a good addition to the city in that it will show people what downtown Corner Brook is like and bring about a little more awareness of the city.
“I think it’s a really pretty picture of Corner Brook.”
Not only that but it can also provide an up to the minute look at the weather in the city.
MacArthur said the camera will also offer people living away a glimpse of home and while not designed as a tourism draw it will give people all over the world the opportunity to get a look at the city.
The camera is not high definition and MacArthur said that’s something the city asked for to avoid any privacy issues. She said the image quality is good when it comes to the overall view, but you can’t make out people’s faces or licence plate numbers.
As for the future of the project, MacArthur said it’s possible that more cameras could be installed in other areas of the city and that the city may be able to make use of them in other ways.
She said the cameras can be switched to live streaming and this could be done for the Santa Claus parade or even when the city sets off fireworks over Crow Hill for Canada Day.