Earlier this week, the City of Castlegar’s Facebook page was removed without any notice or indication of why.
The City uses its Facebook page to share community information with residents and the page is a critically important communication tool during emergencies, like the Merry Creek Wildfire.
This City has ruled out security concerns and has reported the issue to Facebook but has not received any acknowledgment or response.
“This is very disappointing for us because we have been working for years to grow the City of Castlegar Facebook page as an important tool to get many of our residents information in a way that works best for them, especially during emergencies,” says Chris Barlow, City of Castlegar Chief Administrative Officer. “We are proactively sharing our situation so other levels of government and businesses are aware that Facebook pages can be removed without any notice, at any time, leaving a gap in the ability to reach people wanting or needing information.”
For the time being, the City asks residents to rely on its website (castlegar.ca) and local print, online, radio, and television media for City information.