The mayoral and city council candidates were asked to reply to four questions that we hope will give voters a better idea on where they stand on some of the most challenging issues of the day.
1. The current city council voted 5-4 to keep Pine Valley. If this matter were to come before council again, how would you vote and why?
1. I believe in keeping Pine Valley alive, vibrant and viable. Public assets need to be nurtured and maintained.
2. City council voted 8-1 in favour of the Northern Recovery Centre for Women in the former Haldi Road elementary school. How would you have voted and why? (Incumbents: how did you vote and why?)
2. I believe in supporting our neighbourhoods wishes and promoting the betterment of the community as a whole. Balancing these desires isn't an easy task. Personally I feel that the whole Haldi Road issue was poorly handled.
3. The current city council gave its bargaining committee a target of a net-zero increase to negotiate a new collective agreement with city workers, leading to the first-ever labour disruption by municipal staff. What will be your recommendation when the current collective agreements for city workers expire in 2016 and why?
3. When the City contract comes up for renewal, I'll be listening to both sides, I'll examine the numbers and come to an informed decision before I comment and vote on the matter.
4. Why should residents vote in the Nov. 15 municipal election?
4. Residents need to cast their ballot on November 15, 2014 because we need all of us working together on the issues to maintain healthy communities. Your vote shows where you stand on these issues. Your vote shows the candidate that you agree with most of their vision and/or opinions. Not voting, allows those that you disagree with, to continue deciding on matters that affect you.