I attended the all-candidates meeting at SDSS Wednesday evening partly because three of the mayoral candidates are unknown to me. What a surprise to me to have one of them, Moneca Kolvyn, impress me more than any of the better known candidates.
Kolvyn was very well informed on all topics raised and didn’t do the typical "political/corporate spin-speak" that is so ubiquitous these days. It was very refreshing.
The two other newer candidates made some good points as well. In particular, Vytas Vaitkus mentioned that instead of a casino why not a post-secondary facility dedicated to marine biology considering where we live. I would like to add to that great idea, why not an ornithology/wildlife biology focus as well?
We have Reifel Bird Sanctuary and the Alaksen federal research station on Westham Island already, why not make this a centre for young people pursuing these areas? That would be a truly positive amenity to add to our community.
We live in a very precious ecological area, yet we keep paving it all over with ever more industrialization/malls/greenhouses/casinos. We need to wake up. We need intelligent leadership that will stand firm and say no to developers despite how much they donate to local charities and the hospital.
George Harvie thinks putting a tourism office in the casino is a great idea. Why don’t you just move city hall there too.
The citizens at the public hearing were overwhelmingly against the casino project, yet it was voted through. That’s one of the many reasons I’m looking for some new and fresh ideas. I’m sick of the status quo.