Community and Politics

Observations and commentary on Politics, Planning and the People involved therein by David Biltek

A NEW Poll plus Updates, News and Comments

Posting Again to ensure as many people as possible take the poll and have the information about forums, dates to vote etc.

Community and Politics

There are some very interesting things happening in the election:

For one the Candidates “LIKE” each other, every day on Facebook they are “liking” each other and liking each others’ comments! It is distressing, where is the name calling?, the calling into question of ethics?, or challenging the abilities or competencies?…Well, except Logan saying there is a financial mess at City Hall, and Blackmore saying the problems at the Crystal Centre belong to TheAdministration, and MacDougall and Logan raising questions about Aquatera and its services…well that is about it, but as the saying goes a Week is a Long Time in politics and we still have a little better than one week left so expect some fireworks

Great commentary by Daryl  on GPVOTES. CA. In his latest post he analyses a 2005 vote on Council about increasing taxes. In a previous post he…

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A NEW Poll plus Updates, News and Comments

There are some very interesting things happening in the election:

For one the Candidates “LIKE” each other, every day on Facebook they are “liking” each other and liking each others’ comments! It is distressing, where is the name calling?, the calling into question of ethics?, or challenging the abilities or competencies?…Well, except Logan saying there is a financial mess at City Hall, and Blackmore saying the problems at the Crystal Centre belong to The Administration, and MacDougall and Logan raising questions about Aquatera and its services…well that is about it, but as the saying goes a Week is a Long Time in politics and we still have a little better than one week left so expect some fireworks

Great commentary by Daryl  on GPVOTES. CA. In his latest post he analyses a 2005 vote on Council about increasing taxes. In a previous post he goes through why there are such differences in tax rates among several Alberta Cities and in some way explains the GP Tax rate. This is well researched analysis. well worth the read. Click here for the article Watch his website, he is working on some more articles.

Bill Given answers the question: “What have you done for me lately?” on his Facebook page. It is his record of the last three years as Mayor.

and Rory Tarant demonstrates my comment about “Liking” other candidates in his post about two Councillors: True Leaders

and a new Blog by Eric Burton where he offers his thoughts about election strategies and tactics, click here for the blog: Mr GrandePrairie

and David Hewing took great exception to Dwight Logan’s remarks about the Financial mess at the City (for Dwight’s remarks in my post:  Has the Election Gone to the Dogs plus a Fixer of Financial Messes). Hewing’s remarks are the first response to this post, scroll to the end to read what he has to say.

and CandiDATE has launched a Youth Voting Campaign, see what they have to say at: CandiDATE

Important Dates: 

Friday, October 11 Kevin Mclean is throwing a Party: an Election Party  at DUKES starring Jimmy Flynn,  click here for all THE DETAILS AND AN INVITATION, and if you do not know who Jimmy Flynn is, click here for to learn more about this funny guy

October 16, Grande Prairie Municipal Election YOUTH Forum: 630 to 8:30PM, GPRC Cafeteria Details Here

October 17th The Chamber of Commerce All Candidates ForumClick here for the details

Advance Voting starts Friday 11th  from 11AM to 7PM at City Hall and again on Saturday Oct 12, and Friday 18, and Saturday 18, same times

and the BIG DAY Monday October 21 Election Day. For all information on when and where to vote: Voting Information

But NOW there is a NEW POLL: WHO ARE YOU VOTING FOR?

For Mayor…vote for one

For Council, Vote for up to 8, or a lower number

And What are the Top Issues Influencing Your Decision

The following appear the issues most often mentioned, or raised in discussions.

Vote for as many as you want

the listings are randomized, that is order rearranges automatically. Vote ONLY Once.

Results will be revealed Tuesday October 15.

A Taxing Issue and Show and Tell Time By Candidates

Taxes: Everyone is talking about them , but as the saying goes nobody is doing anything about them.

But what’s to do?

Some background

Many people , not only candidates in this election complain that their City Taxes are too high. Really, this is news?, Have there ever been taxes that were too low?

We all pay taxes, GST, Income, fuel, alcohol (and maybe some pay more here), tobacco, Provincial taxes, school taxes, corporate taxes, and on and on….oh yes we also pay property taxes…but those taxes, the ones everyone complains are TOO high, well they represent all of 8 – 9% of ALL TAXES we pay. CITY TAXES are only EIGHT to NINE PERCENT of ALL TAXES we pay

Let’s look for a moment at these taxes: a House assessed at $329,800 in 2013. Taxes were $4335.12 of which $813.48 was School Taxes, all of which goes straight to the Provincial Government for schools, leaving $3261.75 for Municipal Taxes or $8.93/day

For a couple of large double doubles and a cruller you get police and fire services and street lighting, even if that is all, I think it is a good bargain and when I add Muskoseepi Park, plus the trails, and Eastlink Centre it just gets better. And I don’t use the Eastlink centre much, but I do the parks and the Art Gallery, which gets a small amount of city support. If I then add the support for the arenas (again which I don’t use but am happy they are there), and grants to festivals, plus even some removal, well I think it is a very good bargain.

By the way the taxes on that house in 2012 were $3249.53…an increase of  $12.30, or one buck a month.  Maybe its the house or ts location, but I do not see big increases here.

But that is me….what do you think?  

and here from (what has been sent to me) is what Some CANDIDATES THINK:

RORY TARANT explains the main plank of his platform: LIVABILITY:  http://www.rorytarant.com/Livability.html

ERIN STEIDEL sets forth her ideas on Downtown Development:  http://erinsteidel.com/policy

CHRIS THIESSEN shares his ideas, his “THOUGHTFUL IDEAS” on 3 CORE IDEAS: Affordable Housing, Managing Growth and Urban Food Creation Click here for details: http://www.electchristhiessen.com/ideas.htm

SHOW AND TELL TIME 

Advance Voting starts Friday  from 11AM to 7PM at City Hall and again on Saturday Oct 12, and Friday 18, and Saturday 189, same times

Meeting the CANDIDATES:

Thursday 10 AM to 11AM, Bill Given is at Laurels on 100 Avenue join him for coffee and a chat: https://www.facebook.com/votegiven

Thursday 630Pm to  to 830pm. ALL CANDIDATES at the Francophone school in Westpoint.

Friday October 11 Kevin Mclean is throwing a Party: an Election Party  at DUKES starring Jimmy Flynn,  click here for all THE DETAILS AND AN INVITATION, and if you do not know who Jimmy Flynn is, click here for to learn more about this funny guy

October 17th The Chamber of Commerce All Candidates ForumClick here for the details

A  Website: GPVOTES .CA all about the Municipal Election in Grande Prairie: click here for a link to GPVOTES.CA

Plus a Facebook page about Everything you needed to know about the election and APATHY IS BORING:  https://www.facebook.com/events/516090931815269/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

And for the Political geeks among us, This fellow always has some great insights into politics in Alberta: http://daveberta.ca/2013/10/edmonton-election-iveson-diotte-leibovici/

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The Answer to Everything…

Community and Politics

Density…yes density is the answer to just about everything.

Transit, roads, sidewalks, taxes, carbon emissions….yup just about everything.  If we just had more people living in a smaller space.

That is essentially density.

Think about it. If you could walk to work, walk to recreation facilities, or if the transit could come by more frequently, if the city could use the existing sewer and water systems more efficiently, if there were fewer roads to clean….everything would be affected…affected in a postive sense.

Right now the City, spends more on services to suburban residential areas, than they take in taxes. That’s right the City loses money on your house.

This does NOT mean that City administration is incompetent. It is the situation in almost every city in Canada. Seriously.

Just recently Edmonton completed a study about this and it concluded:

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The Answer to Everything…

Density…yes density is the answer to just about everything.

Transit, roads, sidewalks, taxes, carbon emissions….yup just about everything.  If we just had more people living in a smaller space.

That is essentially density.

Think about it. If you could walk to work, walk to recreation facilities, or if the transit could come by more frequently, if the city could use the existing sewer and water systems more efficiently, if there were fewer roads to clean….everything would be affected…affected in a postive sense.

Right now the City, spends more on services to suburban residential areas, than they take in taxes. That’s right the City loses money on your house.

This does NOT mean that City administration is incompetent. It is the situation in almost every city in Canada. Seriously.

Just recently Edmonton completed a study about this and it concluded:

                        “The report compared costs of building, maintaining and replacing infrastructure like fire halls, police stations, libraries —                                         developers pay for sewers and road in new neighbourhoods before the city takes over the maintenance after two years —                                   with the revenues from property taxes and user fees in 17 neighbourhoods.

                         The result was that on average, the city spent $1.36 for each dollar earned in revenue. Over 30 years, that cost added up to                                  about $34 million per neighbourhood.

                          The latest area approved for southwest Edmonton will accommodate 50,000 people over the next 50 years is estimated to                                 cost $250 million more than it will make.”

And this is Edmonton, with a larger industrial and commercial tax base. There has not been a similar study done here, but the situation is similar, and it is like this in just about every city in Canada.

A similar situation is true in Calgary as well, and Mayor Nenshi is focusing his 2013 re election campaign on this issue:

For details: http://www.nenshi.ca/endthesubsidy

A large part of this could be solved by higher densities, higher density overall, and pockets of very high density. We would need to build fewer fire stations, fewer roads to maintain, all costing less.

So density is THE KEY to just about everything  and instead  candidates are yattering on about  taxes, efficiencies, P3s…and such nonsense as holding the line, while at the same time approving more new neighbourhoods, and annexing more land…they need to focus on sprawl and how to deal with its deleterious affects on the city.

So what could Council do?

1. start talking about the issue,

2. focus on the centre: develop policies and incentives to increase residential development on the centre. For example: allow 25 foot wide lots (no this is a slum waiting to happen, in Calgary there is a 100 year old neighbourhood based on 25 foot lots where the houses are highly sought after and are valued at $450,000 to $600,000, As well allow greater lot coverage, decrease front, side and backyard requirements. Reduce development fees, There are a host of other incentives the City can create

3. find out how much it is costing the City for new residential development

4. develop a new “deal” or “contract” with developers so that the entire costs are considered.

5. from time to time take threats from developers that they will move to the Count seriously, and take them at their word, after all if the City is losing money on the development, why bother?

And what do you think?

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****************** MORE ELECTION NEWS….

There is a New Website: GPVOTES .CA all about the Municipal Election in Grande Prairie: click here for a link to GPVOTES.CA

and the Chamber All Candidates ForumClick here for the details October 17th

and  I am told there are possibly other ones in the works:

There is a candidate meet and greet October 10th 630pm to 830pm. Francophone school in Westpoint.

and The GPRC Students Association has been planning a forum for the 16th as well and  Safety City may well have one, more about these next week.

More forums would expose the candidates and citizens to each other and allow citizens to see how prospective Councillors think, behave and handle themselves

And a NEW Party…. and it is NOT a political party….sorry all you political nerds…Kevin McLean is throwing an Election Party on Friday Oct 11 starring Jimmy Flynn, at DUKES click here for all THE DETAILS AND AN INVITATION, and if you do not know who Jimmy Flynn is, click here for to learn more about this funny guy

and to the Candidates and their teams,  I have offered space to you in this blog…you know how to reach me.

Has the Election Gone to the Dogs? plus a Defence and a Fixer of Financial Messes

Has the election gone to the dogs?

First there was the poll, and we all know what Diefenbaker said about dogs and polls, and then there was that meeting at City Council.

…at the final  meeting of their term, Council discussed as  Justin Munroe reports: “Allocating capital funds for the development of 4 new off leash dog parks. The one proposed in the South Bear Creek Trail area is not going to be fenced
• New animal control bylaw. Huge update on this with lots of emphasis on responsible pet ownership, and a portion of licensing will be directed towards the Grande Prairie and District SPCA. Many other changes in this bylaw. with off leash areas for dogs  in the city. “

There was significant chatter about the off leash park, with runner, cyclists and dog owners are espousing their needs and some even claiming that GP dog owners were different than ALL others and were in fact neanderthals.   If it isn’t dogs it is hookers!

Anyway, I am a dog person and am now  “babysitting”, my oldest daughter’s dog who is here for a “falliday;  and we would very much like an off leash area where we could walk with the dog, as opposed to the faeces infected square of fenced land that now exists. Our experience in Victoria, where along Dallas Road there is a 2 km long off leash walk, is very good. The dogs all seem to get on, as do the walkers, and joggers. The path is restricted to dogs and walkers, cyclists and skateboarders are not welcome.

The solution in Grande Prairie may be to zone some of the many kilometers of trails. Some areas would be for everyone with dogs leashed, while other areas would be off leash, with no bicycles or skateboards, and other areas might give cyclists priority.  That along with some goodwill,  manners and respect for each other, might solve the challenges.

In ELECTION NEWS:

Kevin McLean defends his record: Click here to see what he has to say

Dwight Logan in a letter to his supporters (and approved for insertion here) sets forth his position as a “fixer” of financial messes: 

I see this as a crucial Election. Maybe not as crucial as the last one, but we know what happened to our City’s determent there! I need your help again! Your vote and your kind words.

I worked as a volunteer in Africa and travelled the world; but I always knew I would come home. When I did, I launched into community life, volunteering, and political life.

I started by running for City Council in 1983, and I was proud to be elected. I went on to serve two more terms as Alderman, and three terms as Mayor.

My specialty: fixing the City’s finances, and then ensuring that those finances are properly managed. Twice I cleaned up messes that had been created by other Mayors and Councils.

Now we have a financial mess at City Hall for a third time.

We have a badly deteriorating infrastructure. We have amongst the highest property taxes of any city in our Province. We have another mess!

I ask for your support. I ask for your vote. I ask for your supportive words amongst your friends and colleagues.

It’s time to get back to basics! Vote Logan for City Council!

Dwight Logan

****************** MORE ELECTION NEWS….

There is a New Website: GPVOTES .CA all about the Municipal Election in Grande Prairie: click here for a link to GPVOTES.CA

and the Chamber All Candidates Forum: Click here for the details October 17th

and  I am told there are possibly other ones in the works:

There is a candidate meet and greet October 10th 630pm to 830pm. Francophone school in Westpoint.

and The GPRC Students Association has been planning a forum for the 16th as well and  Safety City may well have one, more about these next week.

More forums would expose the candidates and citizens to each other and allow citizens to see how prospective Councillors think, behave and handle themselves

And a NEW Party…. and it is NOT a political party….sorry all you political nerds…Kevin McLean is throwing an Election Party on Friday Oct 11 starring Jimmy Flynn, at DUKES click here for all THE DETAILS AND AN INVITATION, and if you do not know who Jimmy Flynn is, click here for to learn more about this funny guy

and to the Candidates and their teams,  I have offered space to you in this blog…you know how to reach me.

And What do YOU think?, About Dogs? Defence of Records?, or Fixers of Financial messes

Candidates’ Two Cents on Taxes, Crystal Centre and Aquatera

Some people were unhappy with the poll results but many more were simply interested, which was the point, that and to perhaps to motivate a candidate or three, and that also seems to have happened.

Despite an election that seems boring, there is considerable coffee chat, commenting online and it appears that things are heating up a little.

Over the last few days more and more people have been asking where they can find information about the election and  the candidates. Again I am hoping this might help.

From time to time over the next few weeks I will post links to candidate’s websites, Facebook pages, or blogs wherein they might say something interesting, like maybe a policy statement…Some will be submitted by candidates and some i will scrape from a site.

The first ones follow:

Rory Tarant on the City Budget , in this post Rory offers his “Two Cents” on the City budgeting process; outlines the questions he would ask….gives you some sense of how this man thinks.

Regarding  the Crystal Centre  Gladys Blackmore makes comments about a possible $44 million expenditure, and suggests what the problem is with the centre in this video: The Future of The Crystal Centre 

And  Bill Given answers a question: How he is going to reduce taxes

“The PROBLEM..” with Aquatera, Kim MacDougall asserts in her blog  “…is that there is little to no transparency with this company and a severe lack of initiative when it comes to cutting costs.” click here to read Kim MacDougall on Aquatera

Kim does also point out that Aquatera did respond in sorts on their website: click here to see Aquatera’s response

and What Do You Think?

They’re off and Running?…and where are they. Poll Results

…and where are they in the race?    The poll results are at the end of this post.

The following is my assessment of where the candidates stand after the first week since nomination day, It is based on these beliefs:

incumbents tend to get re-elected . In the last several elections few candidates have lost, although it is possible and in this election we may see it.

most elections have a ballot question, one issue dominates. This one does not ( see the poll results regarding issues)

low turnout favours the incumbents. It is up to the challengers to motivate people to vote for change. With no “ballot question” yet it  will likely be a low turnout, maybe lower than last time (24%)

campaigns can and do make a difference, they expose people and issues.

and there is the secret “sauce:  Rotary membership. Members of Rotary tend to get elected, and seldom lose when they run. Last                    election: Wong, Radbourne, Munroe, Gustafson were all successful and all were Rotarians.

and in a very small way the poll results, but more about them later

I think there are three groups:

Leading and should have no problems being elected:

Incumbents: Radbourne, Munroe, Rice, O’Toole, and newcomer: Clayton (a former and now proposed Rotary member), likely in that order.

Also- rans:   Despite some effort, it is likely too little too late for the following people to make much headway:

Bibangco, Campbell, Gossen and Steidel. Erin Steidel ran in the last election and garnered 2294 votes. Gossen and Steidel show well in the poll but it has limited validity.

The Bubble: and here is where there is a real race. The following candidates are all close, so close that it is difficult to make a clear assessment. Last election the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th place people were only separated by 314 votes. I suggest at present these seven people are even closer:   Mahnic, McLean, Croken, Logan, Thiessen, MacDougall and Tarant.

from this group McLean, Croken and Logan will have an edge because they are incumbents (although Logan is not actually an incumbent he might as well be considered one).  Mahnic (another Rotary member) is well organized and well funded and may make a late charge. Thiessen placed 9th last election and lost by only 190 votes so he does have a base of support and may be able to build on it. MacDougall and Tarant are both working hard and making an impact, will it be enough

So what do the ones in the “Bubble ” need to do to “burst out”? Do, or say something that differentiates you. Especially in an election with no major issues. Perhaps make a policy announcement and drive it home, make it yours, or develop a campaign tactic that will make you stand out.  There are many things one can do, the question is will any of them do so?…

The race for Mayor?…based on what I hear, and see I think Given is leading, but not by as much as the poll suggests.

and what about you, what do you think?

Following are the results of the poll in the Friday , September27 Blog Post: Let me stress that these results are NOT statistically valid. The poll was NOT conducted in a manner which would lead to any valid results. It was taken as a way to encourage interest in the election. I have added the percentages from last year, again as a matter of interest. These are the results as of Tuesday at 10PM. There were over 130 people who responded to the question on the Mayor, and over 680 responses for the Council candidates. This reflects previous research which suggests that most people cast votes for 5-6 Councillor Candidates. There were over 550 responses to the “What are the Issues” question.  And one last thing, it was John Diefenbaker who said: “… dogs know best what to do with polls.” and having said that, here are the results:

The Issues:

Taxes 10%
Annexation 10%
Downtown Development 10%
Crime 7%
Crystal Centre expand or not 11%
The future of the Leisure Centre 7%
Roads and sidewalks 10%
Economic Development 11%
Train whistle 3%
Development rules 8%
Environmental Initiatives 4%
Art/Cultural Facilities 5%
Other: 3%
Other Answer Votes
Affordable housing 2
Snow removal 1
Future of Local Government / Regionalization 1
Lobbying for equal funding policies provincially between city and county 1
Leadership 1
Lack of provincial support 1
Transit 1
vehicle emissions. 1
While important, I doubt any of these will affect selection or results. 1
creating a long term plan for development of the City as a whlole 1
Poor choices on what you spend our taxes on!!! 1
Water 1
Snow ploughing in winter is terrible. 1
affordable housing, social supports 1
Government by Request for proposals 1
Fluoride in the water system. Chem trails. GMOs. 1
emergency fire/flood planning 1

Who are You Voting for Council:

The first column is the poll results, and second is the actual % from 2010

Lorne Radbourne 13%   12%
Justin Munroe 11%  8%
Kevin O’Toole 9%  6.5%
Jackie Clayton 9%  NEW
Helen Rice 8%  11%
Rory Tarant 7%  NEW
Chris Thiessen 7%  6%
Miriam Mahnic 6%  NEW
Kim MacDougall 6%  NEW
John Croken 5%  6.5%
Dwight Logan 5%
Jared Gossen 4%  NEW
Erin Steidel 4%  4.6%
Kevin McLean 4%  6.6%
Jun Bibangco 1%  NEW
Jeff Campbell 1%  NEW

and For Mayor:

Bill Given 83%
Gladys Blackmore 17%

What are the Issues in this Election and Who are you voting for?

An early poll to assess who has early support. a later poll will be done in last week of election This may help candidates see how they are doing and re direct efforts in following weeks.

Please SHARE with friends so we can have as many people vote as possible.

By the way the order of names is “randomized”  so as to take away the perceived advantage of being listed first, or the tyranny of the alphabet. As well you should know that I will not know how you vote.

And a second poll…What are the Issues?, What issues are most important to you?, What issues should candidates address?

feel free to add other options, and make comments

And again SHARE with friends. Having many people complete this will send a message to the candidates about what interests the Citizens of the City

Thanks. I will share results in a few days.

Nominations, Some Advice plus two more…

Nominations Closed to near record slate

No surprises for Mayor: putting their names forward for Mayor are

Gladys Blackmore http://www.gladysblackmore.com

and incumbent Bill Given www.votegiven.comwww.facebook.com/votegiven

and only one surprise name in the race for Council:  Jun Bibangco 

Seeking Councillor seats are (* represents incumbent):

Jun Bibangco
• Jeff Campbell
• Jackie Clayton   www.JackieClayton.com
• John Croken*  https://www.facebook.com/jacroken?fref=ts
• Jared Gossen   www.jaredgossen.com,   https://www.facebook.com/votejaredgossen

• Dwight Logan  https://www.facebook.com/dwight.logan.12
• Kim MacDougall kimmacdougall.blogspot.ca,  https://www.facebook.com/kim.macdougall.564
• Miriam Mahnic  Www.mahnic.cahttps://www.facebook.com/miriam.mahnic
• Kevin McLean* https://www.facebook.com/pages/Re-Elect-McLean-for-Council-Grande-Prairie/494761317274562
• Justin Munroe*  http://gomunroe.com/https://www.facebook.com/justin.munroe.921
• Kevin P. O’Toole* https://www.facebook.com/kevin.otoole.1884
• Lorne Radbourne*   www.lradbourne.comwww.facebook.com/lorneradbourne
• Helen Rice* https://www.facebook.com/HelenARice123?fref=ts
• Erin Michelle Steidel  http://erinsteidel.com/https://www.facebook.com/Renny13
• Rory Tarant   http://www.rorytarant.comfacebook.com/tarantforcouncil
• Chris Thiessen  http://www.electchristhiessen.comhttps://www.facebook.com/chris.thiessen.52

I was not able to obain all contact information for every candidate, posted what was provided to me or what I could find. If you have more information please provide it to me.

Councillors Dan Wong and Alex Gustafson are not seeking re-election.

The slate of candidates for council positions matches the second most ever. There were also 16 in 2007 and 1986. Seventeen was the most ever in 1983.

And they are off…in a cloud of lawn signs , and a hearty heigh ho….yawn…!

Now don’t get me wrong, the candidates are busy erecting signs, knocking on doors, designing brochures, re erecting signs, posting on facebook, and having a jolly good time, but for us the citizens, or observers not much is happening. no major issues, no direct attacks, no controversies, no policy announcements, no missteps…at least no yet. And all of this is NOT good for the challengers. A boring election campaign with NO DEFINING ISSUES may result is a low turnout, maybe even lower than usual.  Challengers NEED a high turnout, they need NEW voters to come out and vote for them, otherwise the same old, same old, will vote for the same old, same old.   Or maybe a candidate will actually propose something unique, something different, something controversial…maybe. and maybe that will happen at one of the two new  additional Forums. being rumoured. This election could use them.

Any Speaking of Boring…

The community Living Community Committee is recommending to City Council that the Council participate in the Pilot Youth/Young Adult Engagement Audit project being proposed by Apathy is Boring.

“The purpose of the audit/study will be to allow the City to fully realize available opportunities to increase youth participation in the electoral  process, and to identify any challenges or current impediments to civic participation of young adults living in Grande Prairie.”

Frankly I do not thin it will add much to the knowledge that already exists about youth voting , and why they do not vote, but it is only $25,000 and it will employ some political science students or graduates and that is always a good thing.

Some Advice for the Candidates …

” The first thing you need to know when you enter politics is why you’re doing it. You’d be surprised at how many people go into politics without being able to offer anyone a convincing reason why.”

                                                                                                                        Michael Ignatieff, from his new book: Fire and Ashes

A follow up to:  The Time has Come to Talk of many things, of Seals, and trees and Redford and Bardot

They just can’t help themselves…today Alison Redford announced that she is sending two of her Ministers to Europe in an effort to prevent the European Union from passing a resolution that would severely impact oil sands and the reputation of the oil sands, Alberta, and Canada. Despite their statements about science based decisions, and wanting to have a lower carbon footprint, until they take specific and direct actions, they will continue to face these actions and ruin our reputation.  For the full story:  Ministers Euro Bound

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And some good news for the Downtown:

The Acropolis will re open under OLD MANAGEMENT….yes Stelios will once again be his usual warm host at the Acropolis. Reopens Thursday September 26. And Dukes will close October 12th and will reopen as a SAWMILL after substantial renovations in late spring 2014. This is great news for the Downtown and for both establishments.