Well, we’re watching with increasing dismay the tactics being employed in this election. Make no mistake anyone – this is all about density and money. Nothing else.
Our current Mayor is seemingly using another candidate to do his dirty work and mudslinging. Voices has been under attack by George Pringle for two years, and we now have written confirmation that his accusations have been investigated and have no basis in fact. We have to wonder why he is not concentrating on his own campaign.
George Pringle has more recently gone after Kerry Morris, and a couple of days ago – Ron Polly. Kerry’s latest news release correcting allegations is here:
Why so much effort being put into our election, our 4.7 square miles? The only explanation can be that it all comes down to money – developer money. The Moodyville group has now endorsed the ‘developer slate’ entirely – even the candidate who continues to use foul language publicly, and displays absolutely no qualifications for public office. Another candidate stated they had to accept developer donations because they had little resources. Another candidate will be busy with the provincial election and even more of a no-show at City meetings.
The ‘independent’ slate candidates for the most part do not have a lot of resources, but certainly have the ethics to know that taking money always leads to “what expectations are linked to this donation”. The Mayor has previously stated that he has turned down applications from developers who have supported him – yet recently he couldn’t respond to a question about whether he had ever turned down any application. A lot of articles have been written previously about the ethics of campaign donations from developers, use the search engine on this website if you want a refresher.
So, to summarize – if you’re happy with:
*the current pace of development – 20.8% growth in number of units 2011-2014 (under development or in the pipeline-and verified by staff)
*the unstated plans to overturn the OCP draft
*the backpedaling regarding the sale of school lands (the Mayor’s now not in favor, but has stated previously that he favours low density development)
*the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on consultant fees for the most part resulted in recommendations which have been largely ignored
*in 2004 the Mayor flippantly suggested an ice rink and a ferris wheel on the waterfront, we have paid in excess of $100,000 (so far) to bring this forward
*the unsustainable spending, astronomical salaries of staff, highest Council expenses on the North Shore
*the lack of consultation with neighbouring municipalities – traffic, growth, recreation
*the lack of planning coordination with new development – inconveniencing residents and businesses
*the gifts to developers of floor space bonuses with minimal benefit to residents
*the constant fuzzy statements about the density bonuses, when in fact many of the bonuses were achieved by land sales
*the recent statement by the Mayor that more benefits could be achieved by sharing more services with our neighbours – why has it not happened already? 21 years on Council???? Why is there not a plan?
Support the development slate.
But, if you believe it’s time for a change:
Support the independent candidates and encourage your friends and neighbours to do the same. Incumbent candidates Pam Bookham and Rod Clark have consistently at Council stood for responsible development, with the best interests of the community always at the forefront. Returning Councillor Bill Bell and wife Dorothy have been hard at work re-connecting with the community and listening to concerns of residents. Voices made a decision not to endorse any particular candidates, but others worth your consideration are: Tony Valente, Amanda Nichol, Joe Heilman, Don Bell, Via Fearnley.
If you want details about anything mentioned here, or have questions please let us know. Attached is a ‘voters guide’ developed by Bill and Dorothy Bell that gives a clear view of the candidates positions. .Bell Voters Guide 5