Council Candidates

Scot Affleck

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John Beebe

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Joanne Dickenson

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Why vote for Joanne Dickenson? I have recently moved to Prince George but my children and grandchildren have lived here for roughly 10 yrs. So Prince George IS where my Heart has been for quite some time. I come with experience, 12 years on council in Houston, understanding Northern issues and finding Northern Solutions. I sat as vice chair on Houston’s health committee, were I was able to be a strong voice for Houston, Houston got 4 complex beds, 2 palliative beds, without a Hospital there and a Doctor when we were short ONE! PG needs more, I can help, and I’ve built a respectful working relationship with Northern Health! I’ve been lead council on 2 Official Community Plans; I understand urban sprall problems and the costs incorporated with them. Road plans were a priority with me and still are here in Prince George, cost effectiveness is very important, also business effectiveness. I sat as director for the BVLD Airshed society, cleanair.com is the website, the woodstove exchange program started there, with great success, and it’s in PG now! I sat as vice president with the Museum Society, Houston now has a dedicated land site for the museum, and artifacts are on display. only 500 words, so throughout my time in Houston on council my portfolio also included Mining, I was a voice for one environmental process, a strong one, the best one, we all live here in BC, but one process for the province and the feds. I have also been a strong advocate for forestry, build with wood policy. I have been a strong voice for Economic development with tax incentive programs for business, commercial and light and heavy industry where they can expand and create JOBS, AND keeping taxes as low as possible for ALL. There is more I can do and have done, Give me the opportunity here in Prince George, Please. Any questions you have my email. Don’t forget to vote, Joanne Dickenson is the name, I will work with you and for you, because I am you.

Frank Everitt

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I have been a resident in Prince George for 30 years and served as director on the College  of new Caledonia Board, employment action, Spruce Credit Union and the Provincial Round Table on Forestry. I am also the President of the United Steelworkers for Northern BC. My roots are firmly planted in Prince George and it’s where I raised my family.My Vision involves increasing growth and attracting new business and families to lessen the tax burden on current residents. Our City has been stagnant for 20 years averaging 70 to 80 thousand people; there is no reason we can’t be the true Northern capital with all we have to offer. We just have to set our priorities and develop a plan with checks and balances that will provide fairness and accountability. We must bring all the organizations working for the betterment of Prince George together for the common goal. Working in isolation of each other and City Hall is a waste of time, money and resources. We need to improve our roads, infrastructure and snow removal to meet your expectations and present an image that’s attractive to new business, investors and families. To accomplish this we have to re-connect the residents of Prince George back to City Hall so you are more involved in the decision-making process  to revitalise all of Prince George . I look forward to this challenge and working for you and ask for your support and vote on November 19th.

Dorothy Friesen

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What is my plan for a bright future? ECONOMIC GROWTH: City hall must be open for business. Now is the time to capitalize on the airport, retail, hospital, education and civic facilities that have been constructed in the past 20 years. Long delays for rezoning or building permits are not acceptable. We must seize opportunity. We must encourage industry which creates wealth and brings new residents, in addition to the downtown retail/office spaces. The “welcome” sign must be out at City Hall. The Mayor must be accessible and able to promote our City to residents and to other potential investors. No more “turning people away at the counter” so they take their money elsewhere. FISCAL PRUDENCE: Our taxes have risen almost 4% per year for the past 10 years.  NOT acceptable.  In my previous career I used the creative ideas of the people doing the job to reduce costs. We switched to a user pay system for many services. I believe it is possible to do the same with some City services. Until our City grows, we cannot afford to continue to increase expenses. Negotiations with our unionized staff must be conducted by outside trained professionals. We need a Performing Arts Centre, but only if we partner with private industry for the construction costs. Can we provide retail, office and housing opportunities within the building to offset some of the costs? Will the private music, dance and theatre companies commit to long-term leases? Our debt is almost equal to our annual operating budget. We cannot continue to go further into debt for recreational and cultural facilities until we pay off more of our debt. CRIME: We must make it unacceptable for the criminal element to set up shop in Prince George. A NIMBY attitude must prevail against illegal activity in all our neighbourhoods. Our quality of life is being threatened by these grow-ops and crack shops.  Let’s work together to get rid of them. THE BASICS: Our roads and other infrastructure must be effectively and efficiently maintained and improved. We are a winter city, and by now someone in the world has invented a road system that does not fall apart after a couple of winters!

TEAMWORK: It is possible for 9 individuals to respectfully work together as a team, even with differences of opinion. I have a proven track record of helping a group come together to work for the common good. If all pertinent information is not available, the vote should be delayed.I WILL WORK FULL TIME TO MAKING PRINCE GEORGE BETTER!  VOTE DOROTHY FRIESEN for a bright future.

Garth Frizzell

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A Councillor or a Mayor should have a clear vision for the future, they should have your trust, and they should have a broad range of abilities. Change happens; we are moving into the future, ready or not.  A cancer treatment centre is almost complete; air quality improvements have quietly made our lives better.  We train doctors and teachers here now.  The University grew up; it’s 20 years old.  We are a North American hub for incredible bio-energy technology. Prince George is going through a major transition. More than half the world lives in metropolitan cities.  We’ve chosen a lifestyle that is different from most of the planet.  Prince George’s population is aging, but not as quickly as the rest of BC.  As demand for schools lessens, demands for health care and personal services increase.  We have houses that are half the cost of the Lower Mainland.  There are very few places left that are like us anymore.  Prince George is a safe, healthy place to raise a family and to work Prince George is going through a major transition, and we have to protect the things we value. I build bridges wherever I go, and I work hard.  I consistently earned trust and greater responsibility through my first three years on Council.  Not every Prince George Councillor sits on a standing committee; I was the only Councillor on both the Finance and Audit Committee, and Policy Advisory Committee, which I chaired.  I also sat on three more committees. I work hard. Council elects four Councillors to sit on the Regional District.  I was one of those elected, and sat on 5 committees there, one as Vice-chair.  I work hard. Mayors and Councillors from across BC elect five members to represent them on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).  Despite being a newcomer, they elected me in 2009, 2010, and 2011. This year, they elected me Chair.  I work hard.Successes include:

  • Won the 2013 FCM convention for Prince George, an event that will generate $450,000 for the city.
  • Arranged for the FCM Women’s committee to hold a workshop for women leaders in Prince George.
  • Gave expert testimony to the Green Municipal Fund which led to better access to the $550 Million dollar fund.

Through FCM, cities like Prince George can push Ottawa and gets result.  Federal gas tax money brings annual revenue to Prince George; $3 Million was allocated in 2011 alone.  The global financial crisis led the federal government to adopt FCM’s suggestion for stimulus funding that brought millions of dollars into Prince George in 2010 and 2011. I am asking for your vote. I will continue to bring thoughtful dialogue and reason into council decisions. Running a city is complex; there is a fine balance between too few services and too high taxes.  In my businesses, I successfully found that balance.  I will continue to offer Prince George the prudence of successful business finance, the promise of appropriate management, and meticulous planning for our future. www.garthworks.ca

Jordan Gadsby

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It is an act of great trust to cast your vote in favor of any candidate in an election. When you elect someone to represent you, in any level of government, you are placing your trust in that person to make decisions on your behalf. You are trusting them to manage your tax dollars with wisdom and integrity. I hope to earn your trust and your vote. We have a great city now, but I want it to be even greater when my children are grown and raising their own families in Prince George. We have a responsibility to make decisions that are not only good for us now, but also for the generations after us. I don’t want to leave my children with debt from money that was borrowed for me. I want them to have freedom to continue to develop our city, building on what we’ve done, but not hampered by it. I don’t want to leave my children with crumbling infrastructure that my generation built but didn’t take responsibility for maintaining. I’ve lived in Prince George for 10 years. During this time I’ve been a Pastor at Gateway Christian Ministries. In this role I’ve worked with many families in our city and I understand the needs of families and individuals. As a small business owner, I also understand the economics of our city and the contributions that the private sector makes to our society. In the coming weeks you will hear from me and other candidates about what we will do concerning the many issues currently facing our city. These things are all very important, but there will also be many issues that arise over the next three years that no one can predict. Voting for someone to represent you is not just about how they will represent you on one specific issue; it is about trusting them to make the right decisions for our city and for your family. For more information go to Jordangadsby.com

Brad Gagnon

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Lyn Hall

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Albert Koehler

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The citizens of Prince George have options of November 19th. Detailed information about me is available on the election website www.elect.albertkoehler.com. I am a professional engineer and have served in Prince George for many years on various committees and with various organizations, while at the same time successfully operating my company Tribotec International Ltd., as well as maintaining a consular office for diplomatic relations with Europe and Germany.  I am well known in our community and have a positive track record.  I am use to get things done and work very well in a team.Prince George can be the most attractive city in the center of BC, if the right decisions on council are being made.  Further, we can increase the economic diversification and have a sustainable development without increasing taxes.Some of the solutions can come from ”within”, utilizing our university and providing cursed and programs that lead to diversification.  For this to happen, more technology programs and an engineering faculty at UNBC are required.  I am very much involved to achieve all of the latter.We have to utilize our airport to a full extent and get direct flights from other countries to Prince George.  Currently I am very much involved in arranging a direct flight from Frankfurt to Prince George.  It would provide for more individuals to travel here and spend time in Prince George, subsequently not just spending money here but also investing, if the right decisions on city council will be made. Without elaborating on details, I am extremely confident, that I can contribute to the work and decision making on council in a very meaningful and constructive way.

Murry Krause

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I was born and raised in Prince George and graduated from Prince George Senior Secondary in 1969.  Since the early 1970’s I have been engaged in community development and social justice work.  That engagement has included both employed and volunteer positions.  I have been the Executive Director of the Prince George United Way and I am currently the Executive Director of the Central Interior Native Health Society; just to name two of the employment positions I have held.  In recognition of my volunteer work in the community I was named the 2000 Prince George Citizen of the Year.I was first elected to City Council in 1996 and served until 1999.  I was re-elected to Council in 2002 and I am now completing my 4th term.  In the last term I Chaired the Finance and Audit Committee and the Beyond Homelessness Committee.  I also served as a member of the Governance Committee which saw a re-write of Council’s Procedures and a Committee restructuring.  I also served as a Director at Large on the Union of BC Municipalities Executive.  In that role I Chaired the First Nations Relations Committee and was a member of the Healthy Communities Committee and championed a discussion with the Province of BC on the issue of ending child poverty in our province.

If re-elected I will continue to strive for a balance of social and economic development.  Future investors and residents acknowledge that every community has its issues, but want to know how the community is going to deal with them in a progressive fashion.  I was one of the Councillors in the last term that convinced our Council colleagues to support Prince George signing on to Unesco’s Canadian Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination Charter.  I am also a Board Member of the fledgling Hutda Lake Women’s Wellness Recovery Centre Society.

Economic development and the creation of jobs that pay a living wage is critical to the well being of any community, but needs to be on balance with the health and well being of it’s citizens.  The environment, adequate housing, food security, heritage preservation, nurturing culture and the arts, access to a full range of education, social justice for all, and a well maintained infrastructure are critical to a communities sense of well being and quality of life; all needing to be accomplished in very challenging economic times.

I personally believe that we can thrive as a community and BC’s Northern Capital if we work effectively with our citizens and the other communities in the north.  Collaboration, a fully engaged citizenry, research and analysis of best practices from elsewhere and experience can help guide us to our full potential.

If re-elected on November 19th, I promise to work wit the same energy, dedication and enthusiasm I have in the past.  I now bring four terms of experience to the work and know how to utilize that experience within the corporation of the City of Prince George, the community and beyond.

Debora Munoz

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Over the past six years I have had the honour and privilege of serving as your elected representative. I have worked hard on your behalf to directly influence positive change in Prince George. I am a regional health care professional with 33 years of work experience. I currently work part-time at UHNBC as a Clinical Neurophysiology Technologist. I previously owned and operated two Spanish Restaurants in downtown Prince George and I have held senior management positions in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. My involvement and contributions to our Community, as aCity Councillor, a director on the Regional District of Fraser Fort George and community leader are many.  Some examples include: participated as a panelist during the Earth Day Symposium at UNBC, Climate Action Workshop Presenter, Fraser Basin Council Presenter on Local Government Perspectives on Sustainability, Participated as a Community Leader in the Minerva Foundation Women’s Leadership Training, Facilitated Health and Wellness workshops for Women in Trades Training and I sit as a city representative on a number of committees. In local government it is important to have effective leadership, integrity and a long-term vision.I have consistently demonstrated these qualities. If re-elected I will continue to work hard on your behalf and strive to find the best and most sustainable solutions to ensure Prince George continues to have a diverse and stable economy, affordable housing, sound infrastructure, quality land, air and water, civic pride, strong neighbourhoods, safer streets and a city-wide reduction in crime, a green city with green practices, a vibrant and livable downtown and govern in a manner that keeps tax rates and spending within our community’s affordability limit. These are all key considerations in determining quality of life in Prince George, and all have a direct influence on Prince George’s ability to attract and retain people, to grow our community’s tax base and develop a sustainable community. I feel it is important to know the community’s affordability limit and to manage and operate within it.To help address this I presented a motion to have the finance and audit committee work with city staff to develop a long-term debt reduction strategy. This along with an asset management and risk management strategy will be developed in the near future and presented to council. I ran for City Council six years ago because I wanted to contribute, in a positive way, to the long-term economic, social, environmental and cultural betterment of our community. I value the many strong working relationships I have developed over the past six years with individuals and groups in government, health, education, industry, business, and community sectors. Together we are all working for the betterment and good of the community and it is with this same clear sense of purpose, passion and leadership that I am seeking your endorsement of a third term on city council.To learn more about me please visit my website at www.deboramunoz.com

Travis Shaw

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See behind the fathers – as the man that is your Icon Queen! I’m born and raised here in prince George bc – im 27 – I’ve been an entertainer (Foxy De-Rossi) for over 11 years now i am a public figure and know and accept the fact I can handle the role as city councilor – I wish to create more involved communities with safer neighborhoods. – working more with the Student unions for better transportation for the students. If you see me out and about – don’t be shy and come say hi! See u Saturday Nov 19th.

Brian Skakun

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Cameron Stolz

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I am Cameron Stolz and I’ve been a business owner in Prince George for twenty one years.  I own Great White Toys – Comics – Games in Pine Centre mall. I grew up in Prince George and have been involved in our soccer community since I was 12 years old.  I still spend time refereeing when I’m not cheering on my own children as they participate in Youth Soccer. I have been an active member in my church, having served on the Sacred Heart Parish Council and as the Vice-Chair of the Finance Council.

Why: Prince George is at a critical juncture, similar to where it was in the early 1960’s.  If we are ready, we can capture many of the opportunities that are before us.  If we do nothing but hold meetings and conduct studies – we will watch it pass us by. I want to ensure that we seize every one of those opportunities and I will act decisively to do so. After all, it’s my children’s future too.

What I can uniquely bring to the city:

  • A focus on how we can bring better value to our city and build a stronger community.
  • An understanding of the changes needed to attract business and new development.
  • Ability to find efficiencies within city hall such as the way city vehicles were purchased which saved taxpayers $750,000 a year.
  • An exceptional work ethic.  In addition, I have never missed a Council meeting or a Finance + Audit meeting
  • A common sense approach that asks the tough questions.

The most pressing issues? For me, the three most pressing issues are Better Roads, Responsible Spending, and Common Sense.

BETTER ROADS

* Increase the city’s annual repaving by another 40%

* Find better ways to patch potholes before and after the paving season

COMMON SENSE

* Continue to develop tools that help the RCMP fight organized crime

* Ensure that the city achieves the maximum benefit from the Wood Innovation campus in our downtown

* Continuing to ask the tough questions

RESPONSIBLE SPENDING

* Review all city operations for efficiencies, opportunities to streamline, modernize and reduce costs

* Review all major projects for cost savings

In my three-year term (should I be elected) I will: As 1 of 9 at the council table, I will work to bring a team approach to accomplishing the following goals:

  • review all city operations
  • reallocate resources so that we are no longer falling further behind on our annual road repaving
  • conduct a full review of our water and sewer utilities to ensure that they are sustainable
  • develop/implement tools that further assist the RCMP in fighting organized crime

Myrt Turner

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I have worked behind the scenes in Prince George to help make the community a better place to live. I now want to step into the public arena and work with a dedicated team of councilors to develop a strategic vision to make Prince George the center of business activity in the north and to make this the place to live no matter where in the north you work. What can I uniquely bring to the city? I have contracted with government for over 25 years and I believe in setting measurable objectives, working within a fiscal framework and finding innovative ways to deal with changes in the labour market without increasing costs. I am used to being accountable and transparent and in doing my homework and looking at all sides of a situation before coming to a decision. What the most pressing issues? As a city we must learn to live within our means, save for priority projects and be more accountable and transparent to the citizens of Prince George. Our population has not grown and the same tax payers are being asked to contribute more each year. Interest rates are currently low but that could change and we cannot continue to borrow money from outside sources or from ourselves. We need to look at what we are doing and find efficiencies where possible. If it is more cost-effective to do things in-house as opposed to contracting out services we need to examine that. Mayor and Council should clearly outline what their objectives are for the three years of their term, what strategies will be used to achieve the objectives, what the measurable outcomes will be, what the costs are and report back to the public at minimum on a semi-annual basis on progress made on each of the objectives. We need to ensure that roads, sewer, water and city owned buildings are maintained. This should be part a key component of the strategic plan. Council needs to set priorities and tell the public what the timeline is and report back to the public on progress made or revisions to the plan. Our community has many great assets but people stay because of a job and they come here for work.  Good paying jobs are key to our growth. We need to be a City that is easy to do business with. The guidelines we establish for development should use language that encourages development rather than language that sets up roadblocks. Prince George is located in the heart of the economic engine of the province but location is not enough. Companies who mine our resources do not have a presence in our community and many people who earn their income from these resources do not live here or spend their pay cheques here they commute from camp to another community. We need to make Prince George a true northern capital by becoming the business centre for the north and we need to let people know that no matter where they work in the north this is the place to live.

Harry Ulch

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I am 62 years old, have three grown children, and three wonderful grandchildren. I am also retired from a long and proud 31 year career at BC Rail. While working there, I took part representing Trainpersons on various committees. My wife, Wendy, and I are also self-employed. We owned and operated a Motel for seven years, then a dump truck for a dozen years, and now, most recently invested in a hi-way tractor. I can make real, blue-collar business decisions. I am for full disclosure of city business to the public. I disapprove of secrets, because the meeting door is closed, unless there are valid reasons for confidentiality, such as negotiations. City purchases, after the fact, should not be kept secret. I ran three years ago stating hold the line on taxes. Since Then, the sewer-water-garbage bill is up more than thirty-three percent. Stop increasing those utilities. I do mean hold the line on taxes, watch dollars, and be more conservative with spending. I believe that City income gains can only come from growth, not from hikes. I support paying fair wages and benefits to our City employees. Our City Manager should make a good top income; there is a perception of many managers at that top scales. I am in favour of our municipal government doing a management review. I would support annually dredging at the mouth of the Nechako River to prevent ice from backing up; also would gain a little gravel. At low water in some years, the river mouth is only inches deep. We lost more than our share of Forestry jobs with a number shut down mills and a plywood plant fire. Senior government was just here with job creation ideas. Here would be an opportunity to draw attention to those Companies. Job incentives here could create good Forest kind of employment back to Prince George and area. We need to keep great construction opportunities, maintains a healthy balance, keep the wheels turning; local businesses are then healthy too. While in local businesses, I have met people shopping here from outside communities. Here is an opportunity for Prince George to capture more dollars from outside our city, by making stays easier. Give a little to those shoppers from encompassing communities, a discounted nice stay, linked to store visits and or dollar spent, keep them in town a little longer, add a pass to local attractions! We lost downtown pride years ago, when residential zoning was eliminated. Bring residence back downtown. It would make the area safer, as all neighbourhoods have watchful eyes. I have been here and around this neck of the woods for years, I met many good people and I hope they all cast their ballot for me. I would be proud to give a little back. I hope to be on council with Brian Skakun, as I trust him and he represent all. We have Councillors from all walks of life. A lawyer, storeowners, a pulpmill worker, you are short a railroader. You should elect, retired Conductor Harry Ulch

Dave Wilbur

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My name is Dave Wilbur and I have contributed leadership, experience, commonsense and a thoughtful independent voice to council. I am seeking your support for re-election. My knowledge and skill sets from over 30 years of being a Prince George lawyer and from decades as a leader with community development organizations have contributed value to council. I have increased my value by taking on extra and important work for council and our region, including:

1) As a member of council’s RCMP building working group

2) As Acting Chair of the Regional District Hospital Board we contributed $4 Million to our Cancer Clinic

3) As chair of the 911 Committee we oversaw contracts that linked up the 911 service throughout the North. We can all travel safer because of that

4) Being elected as a Director at Large to the North Central Local Government Association

5) As a Trustee on the Prince George Library Board and

6) As a Hospice Board director.

During the 2008 campaign I promised to focus on safety in the community. Council’s plan to make the downtown safer and open for business and residential growth was built on Safety first. The introduction of the 5 member Downtown Enforcement Unit was critical to the plan. Also critical was identifying negative influences, like activities occurring around the Cadillac Ranch and the Prince George Hotel. The validity of the DEU and the actions taken concerning negative influences were proven by the recent RCMP report which demonstrated major crime is down 80 %. In 2008 I identified the need to revisit the location, design and cost of the RCMP building. My joining the RCMP working group led to changes that pared off over $8 Million. I have consistently looked for cost reductions and fought against tax increases. If re-elected I will continue to search for cost reductions. I am confident that a shared sense of the need to identify efficiencies, priorities and control escalating costs will lead to sustainable choices. I am committed to continuing to look for cost reductions and continue the fight against tax increases. For me these are the most pressing issues over the next three years. I had community safety in mind when I co-sponsored a Motion that lead to Substances Abuse Production Bylaws which have successfully targeted grow-ops and gang crime. A few of the most important achievements that the city had significant impact on are:

1) the community is safer today but more work needs to be done

2) the goal to reclaim the downtown has begun, and the table has been set to attract new third party investment

3) community pride delivered the 2015 games and the Corporal Darren Fitzpatrick Bravery Park and

4) the dream of a Northern Cancer clinic has become true.

For leadership, experience, commonsense and a thoughtful independent voice Re-Elect Wilbur, the last name on the ballot

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