Ever wonder how much it costs the New Democrats' provincial council to meet in-person? Well, according to an email from the party's acting organizing director Leslie Kerr, the price tag was approximately $35,000 for the council's last gathering - which took place in March. As a result, the New Democrats conducted Saturday's meeting via Webcast - saving around $29,000. The following is a complete copy of that email, which was sent to constituency association presidents.
From: Leslie Kerr
Date: Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 4:55 PM
Subject: Provincial Council Meeting webcast September 25
To: Leslie Kerr
To: NDP Constituency Presidents:
You're invited to observe the Provincial Council Meeting webcast on Saturday, September 25 with registration beginning at 8:30am. You can sign in at www.bcndp.ca/council/register
Here's the scoop:
On Saturday, provincial council delegates from across the province will once again meet. However, like our June meeting, this meeting will take place in a webcast format, hosted on the BC NDP website. Below you'll find all the information you need to fully participate. Please read this email in its entirety. If you have questions about the meeting, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Why a Webcast
The webcast format is quite different from our usual in-person meetings. Several table officers will be at BC NDP headquarters on Kingsway in Burnaby, and will have a video image broadcast from there. Delegates will be able to participate via a combination of web chat and web voting.
We are again using a webcast because it will save us a significant amount of money. Our last in-person Provincial Council meeting in March cost approximately $35,000 for hotel rooms, meeting rooms, and travel expenses. The entirety of that cost is charged back to constituency associations. For this webcast meeting, the cost is approximately $6,000 - a savings of $29,000 for constituencies.
We learned a great deal from our experience with the June council meeting. Feedback was invaluable to improving the format, and we have taken steps to make improvements and solve problems that we encountered. Once again, we ask for your indulgence and cooperation as we use this new meeting format. The next council meeting - scheduled to take place on November 20 and 21 - will be an in-person meeting in Victoria.
In order to participate, you will need:
• a high-speed internet connection (cable, DSL, or satellite)
• a computer purchased within the last 3 years
• one of the following: internal speakers, external speakers, or audio headphones (available for under $5) for your computer
If you're not certain about whether your computer will work (most will), please participate in our test on Thursday (see below).
Once you have registered, to observe the webcast, go to http://www.bcndp.ca/council
If you are experiencing technical problems that you cannot resolve by restarting your web browser or your computer, please call provincial office at 604-430-8600 or 1-888-VOTE-NDP for assistance.
On Thursday, September 23 from 3pm to 8pm, we will have a test broadcast running at www.bcndp.ca/council
Members Wishing to Participate
Any individual members wishing to participate can register in advance by visiting www.bcndp.ca/council/register