In Press Releases on November 17, 2008 at 2:16 am
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Thank you to everyone who ran and did their bit in giving voters choice, no matter what that choice they offered voters was, and thank you to all those who supported my campaign however you did (volunteering, donating, or voting for me).
I believe the challenge for our newly elected Council is to engage the public in such a way that three years from now we have a lot more than 20% of people voting. Had I won and about 20% voted I wouldn’t be any much happier than having lost and about 20% of people voting. My goal was to reach out to that approximately 80% of voters that didn’t vote last time, and that 80% not voting again is my failure, and it’s a failure shared amongst all the candidates. Is it the fault of the candidates? The electoral system? The media? The way campaigns are run? Was it too nasty and it turned people off, or was it the reverse and people weren’t concerned enough to get out to the polls? This is the question I am asking myself, and this is the question we must all wrestle with I believe. Our democracy will not be healthy if every local government election is fought over trying to win a majority of 20% of voters.
In Press Releases on November 15, 2008 at 8:23 am
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In Press Releases on November 11, 2008 at 7:35 am
Remembrance Day for me is about remembering the horrors of war, suffered by both combatants and civilians. It’s also a time to reflect on the freedoms that were secured for us in those times of strife. As many Canadians do, given a total of 1.8 million Canadian soldiers served in the two world wars, I have a personal connection to them in my family tree. This connection is part of why I find myself running for office in this election.
My great grandfather served in Canada’s military in the first World War. I never had the opportunity to know him, unfortunatley, he died shortly before I was born. I’m told he would never talk about his experiences after he came back and, given he served as a medic in horrific battles such as Passchendaele, who could blame him. Even though I’m generally a pacifist, I was proud to know he was willing to put himself in harm’s way to help others, and he was decorated for his bravery.
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