Editor's note: This article contains links to a video containing partial nudity.
Urban planner, former Vancouver City Councillor Gordon Price appeared on Global News Wednesday morning to get to the bottom of the city’s proposed Climate Emergency Action Plan.
What the award-winning analyst didn’t expect was his interview to get a little cheeky – with the backside of his husband peeking through his green screen effect in Zoom.
"I have one of those digital backgrounds that I thought prevented the background from appearing. I guess it’s only true if nothing moves," Price remarked to Vancouver Is Awesome.
Price said he worries the mishap drew viewers away from what was said during the interview.
"Transportation pricing ain’t gonna happen anytime soon – it's too expensive politically – but it’s also inevitable," summarized Price, the former director of SFU's City Program.
The City of Vancouver "won’t lead but we will follow," he said, with its new proposed strategies to encourage more trips to be made on foot, by bike, or on transit.
Technical difficulties a new reality
It's not the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic that social distancing via virtual meetings on Skype or Zoom has left viewers questioning their eyesight – or their hearing.
Back in April, questions arose as to which Vancouver City councillor flushed their toilet during a virtual meeting.
It happened during roll call, just before councillors were asked to mute their phones. Laughter was audible on the feed.
So was a remark from Coun. Jean Swanson, who concluded that “someone was doing council business on the toilet.”
– with files from Mike Howell