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2018 Municipal Election

Oct 20, 2018 was Election Day in Grand Forks (and the rest of BC).

This was the final day to vote for City Council, School Board Trustees and the Kettle River Watershed Authority Service referendum. In total 1568 votes were cast, just under 50%.

2018 Election Results

2018 Election Results

The makeup of council has definitely changed.

  • Brian Taylor has returned for another term as Mayor of the City of Grand Forks.
  • The only incumbents returning for another term on council are Christine Thompson and Neil Krog.
  • Returning to the council table are Chris Moslin and Rod Zielinski (although Rod’s council experience was in Alberta) who, even though it was his first time running here, got the most votes of all the candidates.
  • The two newbies on council are Cathy Korolek and, after many tries, Zak Eburne-Stoodley.

Congratulations to all those who won seats at the table. Congratulations to Bronwyn Bird for becoming a school trustee. And a big thank you for everyone for standing for office.

Congratulations to those pushing for a Watershed Authority through the referendum which saw more Yes’s than No’s (but voting on that was not quite over).

 

Candidates Cafe 2018

There was a third all candidates thingy on Oct 13, 2018.

The previous forums took place at the auditorium in the high school, this one was in the upstairs of the curling rink.

Previous forums had a single speaker / audience dynamic. Well, except for the Mayoral Candidates one which had no questions from the audience.

This ‘café-style’ event had a small audience for each candidate, basically 4 or 5 chairs around a small café table. The public were free to ask questions and the candidate answer. On regular intervals a bell was rung and participants urged to switch to another table with another candidate,

The final part of the event was a debate between the candidates for Mayor. Some prepared questions but also questions from the floor.

We had hoped to live-stream the event but technical issues prevented that from working out. We were reduced to streaming from a cellphone, through another cellphone and that eventually died when the batteries ran out.

In a small number of conversations with some of the candidates it appeared that the format worked so maybe we’ll try it again sometime. Like in 4 years or so.

We’d hoped to stream some of the individual candidate Q&A’s and some bits were recorded . . . but in the reviewing there was a marked difference in the quality of the audio that had to do with which part of the room the candidate was located.

The audio from recordings in the larger space at the west end were much easier to listen to than those from the longer and narrower space extending east. Whether that was down to the distance to the neighbouring candidate’s conversations or the distance to the walls is still a matter of conjecture at this time.

But the feeling was that it wouldn’t be fair to show the recordings and have viewers’ opinions possibly shaped by an implicit bias formed because of the quality (or lack there-of) of the audio. Difficult to listen to audio might reflect badly on a candidate irrespective of what was said.

So we won\t be showing those recordings. Another reason to come out to the real live event – you don’t miss as much.

If and when we try this again we’ll be better prepared with better microphones – that might help isolate the speaker’s voice from the background. As long as they wait for the mic to point at them first that is . . .

All in all it was a big learning experience. People learned a few things they wanted to know from the candidates themselves instead of relying on the rumour mill. The candidates learned things about what’s important to the voters. And we learned a few lessons about how to do events like this.

It takes a team.

Thank you Shawna Reichelt for being a moderator and the MC, Ted Invictus and Christopher Stevenson for being moderators, Thomas Reichelt for technical and camera work (and cleaning the tables) and ‘roadie’ Lorraine Van Boeyen.

And for instigating a forum where the public could ask all the candidates, even those running for Mayor, questions . . . thank you Gary Smith and all the candidates who attended and helped make it happen. Thank you for taking a different dance with the democratic process.

 

City Council Meetings of April 9, 2018

It was a full day for council with a Committee Of The Whole in the morning and a Regular Meeting in the evening.

In the Committee Of the Whole meeting there was a full gallery. It turned out almost all of them were with the Wildlife Association.
In the meeting council covered these items:

The meeting

The Regular Meeting had an agenda and an addendum to  the agenda. They covered these items:

The meeting

The meetings in their entirety from the beginnings

 

Annual report on RCMP activities in Grand Forks Grand Forks Wildlife Association - Request to grant a Licence to Occupy for a portion of City property located just west of the City landfill Temporary Use Permit for Tourist Commercial / Special Event Camping Tree Policy Monthly Highlight Reports Bylaw 2039-A1 - Zoning Bylaw Cannabis Amendment Bylaw 2046 - 2018 Tax Rates Bylaw 2047 - Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Update Bylaw 2048 - Records and Information Management Program Bylaw update QUESTION PERIOD ADOPT AGENDA RDKB Report Temporary Use Permit for Tourist Commercial / Special Event Camping Visa Credit Card Application Campground Fees and Charges Update Bylaw Downtown Business Community Request to Change Power Outage Time Motion 167 Standing Committee on Public Safety study Rural Crime Notice of motion DBA wants 4-way stops at downtown locations QUESTION PERIOD

All Candidates Forum May 1 2017

May 1, 2017 saw the All Candidate Forum come to Grand Forks. Well 3/4 of it anyway – the Green Party candidate was a no-show.

Over 160 people joined the candidates in the Grand Forks Secondary School auditorium.
There was no shortage of people with questions for those who would govern.

You can watch the entire event below.
Note: If you watch it on YouTube there is a list of links in the description that let you jump to specific points in the event. At this time the questions are numbered (time and circumstance dictate getting it out in this abbreviated form) – as time permits we’ll change that to the topics of the questions.