In a post on Ward 4 Councillor Cam Guthrie's blog today, the councillor writes that mp3 files of city council committee meetings will be posted online for download, unedited, beginning November 1.
It won't always make for the most enthralling listening experience, but this is a relatively easy way to boost transparency and enable people interested in a particular issue to hear the entirety of its disucssion without actually attending.
City Clerk Blair Labelle points out in an email that council meetings are "already telecast and streamed by Rogers," and a link to the streamed footage appears on the City of Guelph's website.
Guthrie writes in his post Labelle told him committee proceedings have been recorded for some time, but the audio is used mainly for writing up minutes, and verifying statements that may be subject to access to information requests.
All I know is my dinky Olympus recorder somehow manages to capture what goes on in the somewhat large council chamber intelligbly (I also furiously scribble notes), but I will probably download these recordings when they're made available.