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Time is Near!

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Well this will be the last post before the big day tomorrow, so lets do a bit of housekeeping. First just a reminder that you can vote from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at any of the locations listed below:

  • Blackburn Community Center
  • DP Todd Secondary School
  • Edgewood Elementary School
  • John McInnis Center
  • Kelly Road Secondary School
  • Malaspina Elementary School
  • Ron Brent Elementary School
  • Vanway Elementary School

So get out there and let your council know you care.

Second I would like to thank Albert Koelher for participating in the pgelxn blog. I would also like to thank school board trustee candidates Katie Cooke, Don Sabo, Denise MacdonaldDori Alger, Tony Cable, Trish Bella, and Valentine Crawford all for participating as well. I have chatted with candidates and it looks like this election was a lot more work than ones past so I hope that means that more people are getting out to vote. Maybe positive changes are coming for our city.

Thirdly I was sent an email the other day that gave me a huge boost. This blog takes a lot of time during election time and I do it because I want to help make Prince George a great city. So when I get emails like the one below

“Thanks for hosting all of this information centrally.  This made me feel a lot more informed regarding the candidates and perceived issues for Prince George.  I think this is the push I need to get out and vote this year. A great big thank you!  Laura”

it makes it all worthwhile. My goals has always been to get more people out to vote and with the number of views I have been getting this last week (3026 on Thursday and 2768 as of 10:08pm on Friday) I know people are finding value in this blog.

The fourth and last thing I would like to talk about is something that happened to one of the council candidates. Unfortunately Trent Derrick answers to his Prince George Citizen questions got switched with someone else and he is getting dragged through the mud for these other answers. I don’t know what happened at the Prince George Citizen, but Trent has proved me a link to his correct answers on the updated Citizen article on their website. Follow the link below

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2 More Councilors + 18 School Board Trustees

VoteWell we only have 5 more day until we vote for our new Mayor and Council. I would like to thank Ron Gallo and Roy Spooner for participating in the pgelxn blog. Have you decided who your voting for yet?

I have been getting a ton of e-mails from people asking for information about the School Board Trustees. I have caved to the pressure and add a school trustee page for each candidate running for those positions. I know it is a bit late in the game, but time is hard to come by right now. So I hope this will help those that have been asking and I hope that the candidates get their information in.

Today has being a crazy day on the pgelxn blog. Besides adding pages for all of the School Board Trustees, and getting at least 20 emails from all you great people, the visits to the blog have been through the roof. Today alone (as of 2:45pm) we are sitting at 1086 visits. That is amazing and I can not thank the citizens of Prince George for supporting this blog.

I got an email yesterday from Chelsea asking about when and were people can vote and what time. She had an interesting idea about how to get people out to vote. Now her idea is not rocket science, but a great idea none the less and one that I did not think about and wonder if the city has thought about it. Chelsea idea revolved around sending out a simple reminder card stating where, when, and what time you can vote. A lot of people may not know that information and a simple card in the mail could fix that. A great idea and a simple one. For those of you that do not know the When and where’s of this coming election here you go:

November 5th, 2014 (Advanced Voting) 8:00am to 8:00pm

  • City Hall

November 12th, 2014 (Advanced Voting) 8:00am to 8:00pm

  • City Hall

November 13th, 2014 (Advanced Voting) 8:00am to 8:00pm

  • UNBC: Doug Little Lounge

November 15th, 2014 (General Voting) 8:00am to 8:00pm

  • Blackburn Community Center
  • DP Todd Secondary School
  • Edgewood Elementary School
  • John McInnis Center
  • Kelly Road Secondary School
  • Malaspina Elementary School
  • Ron Brent Elementary School
  • Vanway Elementary School

All of this information can be found on the City of Prince George website as well.

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First Mayoral Response

Don ZurowskiWe have just gotten our first response from one of the two gentlemen running for mayor of Prince George. Thank You Don Zurowski for participating in the PGELXN Blog and Good luck on your candidacy. The last 3 days have been very busy on the blog with 407 people visiting on Tuesday, 655 visits on Wednesday, and 781 visits on Thursday. Keep spreading the word and let your neighbours know that the information is out there to help them vote.

The Mayoral forum was well attended last night at UNBC in the Canfor theater. The theater holds about 250 people and there were people standing along the top as every seat was full. The forum was very well done as the moderator held each candidate accountable to answering the questions asked as well as letting them have some fun with each other. I thought the last question was really good as the moderator asked Lyn Hall to sum up Don Zurowski’s platform and what he learned about don that night. She them asked Don to do the same for Lyn. It looked like both were caught a bit of guard by this and it allowed for some unscripted commentary for both mayoral hopefuls. Were you at the forum last night? How did you think each candidate did? Leave your comments and let others know that could not make it last night to the forum.

 

I have included the link to the CKPG News site on their story about the Forum last night Mayoral Candidates Square Off at UNBC

 

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Wow

6384459Well yesterday was a busy day for the PGELXN Blog as 407 people visited the page to grab their information for the upcoming election, which by the way is only 10 days away. I have added two more candidates to the blog. Thank You Jason Luke and Ravi Saxena for submitting your platform and information so the citizens of Prince George can make informed decisions on November 15th.

Have you made your decision yet as to who you are voting for? Leave comments here and let us know who you are voting for and why?

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17 more council candidates to go!

Another 4Well we are getting down to the final days of the campaign trail for all the candidates with only 13 day until decision day. Thank you to Debora Munoz, Harry Ulch, Terri McConnachie, and Travis Shaw for participating in the PGELXN blog. We now have 9 candidates participating on the blog. Spread the word so we can get the other 17 council candidates to participate and the 2 mayoral hopefuls.

The volume of traffic has picked up since the lost post and is now receiving 100 visits a day steadily. I suspect that like last time that number will grow significantly as we draw closer to election day.

This year I have not been able to make it out to very many of the forums that go on in the city during election time. Not everyone can get to the forums, so my hope with this post is that people will leave comments highlighting the best parts of the forums that they attended so that people can get an idea of what is being said by the candidates.

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20 Days & Counting

4Well we are now only 20 days away for election day. Thank you Brian Mix, Jillian Merrick, Monica Peacock, and Trent Derrick for your participation in the PGELXN blog. More candidates have contacted me and are going to participate in the PGELXN blog, so keep checking back. My goal is to have 100% participation this election so that the citizens of Prince George can get their information and get out and vote.  Spread the word and let people know that there is a resource out there to help gathering your information to vote easier.

There has been some questions on Twitter about why I do not include the school trustees in the blog. Last election I decided to create this blog a bit late in the election and did not have enough time to gather what I needed to make it fair for the people running. This year with 26 people running for council and two running for mayor I have found it a bit overwhelming to include the 18 school trustee candidates as well. That would bring the total number of candidates on the blog for this year to 46. I hope that there is someone in Prince George willing to take on the school trustees and help them have their voices heard.

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Time to Stand

people silhouettesHave you every been angry at something that has happened in your city or not happened for that matter? Have you ever thought I could do a better job at running this city? Is there a fire inside that compels you to want to make a difference in your city? Well then you should run for City Councillor or Mayor, your time is now, but that time is running out. All nomination packages have to be in by Friday at 4:00 pm.

The nomination package can be picked up at City Hall on the 5th floor during operating hours which are 8:30 to 5:00 Monday to Friday. Or you can just follow THIS LINK to the online documents on the city website.

Stand up and let your voice be heard and help Prince George become the greatest city in Canada!

 

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Any Questions?

wpid-ate7k7qt4.jpegFor the election in 2011 each candidate was allowed to convey their platform in 500 words or less.  I found it was hard to get everything they wanted to share into 500 words.

So this election I am giving the candidates the space to share everything they hope to achieve if they are elected. Now letting candidates ramble on and on with finely groomed paragraphs of why we should vote for them is fine, but not overly fun for us citizens. We have burning questions that we want answered.

So I am putting out a call to the citizens of Prince George! Give me questions that I can put out to the candidates. I will pick the 3 best questions and we can see how they respond. You can leave your questions in the comments section and then everyone can see what questions were put down so we don’t all write the same questions. The one question I would like to ask is “What can the City of Prince George do for our Youth”.  I will pick the 3 best questions on October 11th as I start the process of contacting candidates to get they information. What issues do you need answers for?

My hope is this time we can get all of the candidates to participate this year and help increase voter turn out. Spread the word about PGELXN.com so the the citizens of our great city can arm themselves for November 15th!

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Popularity Contest

PopularToday as I grabbed my copy of the Free Press from my mail box I noticed some flashy colours and a couple of fancy graph thingys on the front. Then I saw the title “Council Gets a Failing Grade” and got excited. I thought that it was going to be a juicy article about Potholes, Crime, Winter Olympics, Taxes, and City Pride, among other things. After reading the article, I was disappointed, to say the least, as it was just a bunch of numbers and no reasons to support why our elected city officials are failing us.

I can see why people are disappointed as it doesn’t take rocket science to figure it out. I have lived in Prince George now for eight years now and I can see what the citizens of Prince George are screaming for. Promises were made during last election by our current elected officials and the only promise that has been fulfilled is the Core Review. The Pot-Holes haven’t gotten any smaller, crime is still a major issue that honours us with a cruel title every year across Canada, snow removal has gotten worse, and Council has raised taxes by 3% or more in both of the budgets they have been involved in.

The Core Review was suppose to be a positive assessment tool for the city, to help us cut some costs, and assess spending but it looks like it is becoming a hindrance and doing the exact opposite. It appears to be slowing down the decision making process and creating more issues for council to debate week after week. Now the blame cannot all rest on the shoulders of our current city council. With a measly 27% voter turn out people elected two-thirds of the previous council. Please citizens of Prince George tell me how do we expect things to change when we keep electing the same people with the same ideas?

It’s time for action. It’s time for council to make some hard choices and live with the consequences. No more playing it safe, time to become very popular or very unpopular. Oh wait it looks like council is well on it way to unpopular.

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Something in the Water

Tall Glass 3On Monday night I got to witness some of the fireworks that can happen at a council meeting. Now lets not blow this too far out of proportion as it was only a couple of council members that have passionate views on one of Prince George’s Core review topics. The topic of  Water Fluoridation has been around for years and has come up more than once in past council meetings. Albert Koehler put the debate back on the table Monday night and had some great points against the fluoridation of Prince George water. Garth Frizzel provided rebuttals that supported water fluoridation and brought up that in 2011 they had this very debate.

With this debate going on with in City council and the possibility of it going to referendum I thought to myself “I guess I should do some research so that when it comes time to vote I’ll be ready”. After doing some reading the Pros and the Cons appear to weight each other out. A few of the Pros include: strengthening tooth enamel, and preventing tooth decay, cavities and tooth loss. It has also been linked to increases in bone density. On the flip side it does not decrease fractures and may actually weaken bones. Fluoride can also cause cosmetic damage to teeth called Fluorosis. Unfortunately while doing my research it became very clear that the propaganda for both sides of the debate have made it very hard to find out any truths. I did however come to a conclusion as to which way I’ll vote on referendum day. After reading pages upon pages of research for both sides I came across a statement that struck a chord with me. It came from an article in a local paper, of all places, from a Dr. James Beck. He stated that  “medicating a population without its consent is unethical”. This statement is true as I did not ask for or consent to my water being tampered with.

We have a right to choose whether we want our water to have fluoride in it or not. We have the choice to use toothpaste with fluoride in it, but it doesn’t stop there. With mouth rinse, other dental products, and semi-annual fluoride treatments, these are all choices we get to make each day. Of all these choice not one requires you to swallow it. We have to drink the water with fluoride in it everyday and I cannot find any definitive research that supports either side. So we are  left with nothing other than our right of choice was taken from us. People are being forced to drink fluorinated water with very few other choices. I can see if people want the fluoride in their water then they can go ahead and choose to put the chemical in, but to not let people choose feels like an invasion of ones rights.

Within the Core review, the recommendation to stop Fluoridation of the Prince George drinking water would save tax payers around $55,000 a year, which is not a huge sum of money, but a savings none the less. This debate is going to go to be a referendum question on the ballot of the 2014 election. Maybe this will settle it once and for all, but I highly doubt the fight will be over once the votes are counted.

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