A Public Meeting was held at Perley School on May 1, 2019. The group Citizens For A Better Grand Forks put the event on with the City sponsoring it. Over 160 people showed up.
The meeting was Moderated by Michael Strukoff.
The links in the list below should open a new window with the meeting video cued up at the position in the meeting that the link referred to. All you have to do after that is press Play.
OR you can watch the video in its entirety below.
Apologies in advance to anyone whose name I’ve misspelled or associated with the wrong organization. And if I’d had more time I’d have put in the actual question text instead of ‘question ##’ . . . but people who did not show up want to see it so I’ve put it up in this fashio for now.
It’s Election season and that means there is active campaigning going on.
If you know the candidates by sight you can approach them in public situations and ask them questions. But when you do that only you, the candidate and anyone within earshot hears your dialogue. The public forum idea is that all the candidates show up in the same place, at the same time along with anyone from the public who wants to know more about them – or ask them questions.
In previous years I’ve recorded them for later viewing purposes. This year I did that as well but also Live Streamed them to Facebook.
Not everyone is on Facebook. OR the web. So they will also be broadcast on Shaw Cable TV. (I’m not sure how I’d go about getting them onto Telus and if I did I’m not sure which channel they would appear on)
Below you will see the two forums for candidates wanting to be on council. First is the forum for Council candidates and next is the forum for Mayoral candidates.
If you tried watching the live stream of the Mayoral forum you would have heard the audio problems in the first 10 minutes – I apologize for that – we were trying to tap directly into the PA system to get the microphone feed directly to give you ‘better’ sound. That ended up not working out at all. The version you will find below has good sound.
The Candidates for Council.
The Mayoral Candidates Forum
NOTE: The Mayoral Forum did NOT have provision for questions from the floor. This prompted one member of the audience to get very vocal in his objection.
Mike Farnsworth, Provincial Minister for Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia was in Grand Forks today (May 13). He got a lot of information pushed at him in a very short time and was shown the scope of the disaster up close.
At 3:30PM he showed up for the press in front of the Grand Forks Fire hall. Also there were the Mayor Konrad, RDKB Chair Russell along with others. National News networks were present as well.
The gist of it is an assurance that the province has our back and once the disaster has completed they will be able to properly assess the scope of the damage and better predict the losses. After that they will be able to come up a budget for Disaster Financial Assistance. Yes there will be financial assistance coming . . . just not a for a week or two. He also said that Premier Horgan has been on the phone with Prime Minister Trudeau letting him know what a disaster we’re going through.
The Mayor also appeared and spoke. In conversation afterwards I found out that he had ‘pulled the trigger’ on calling this an official disaster days ago. In all the busyness of the disaster most had no information that that step had been taken . . . but now we know.
Gregg Anderson and I attended and recorded as well as live webcast it to Facebook. You can watch that below.
The facebook live stream has commentary supplied during and later by citizens. If you’re curious what they said follow the link below.
Who remembers the Mayor’s words better during Jan 15 COTW – me or him?
During the Jan 16, 2018 Committee Of The Whole meeting I, Les Johnson, stood and made comments to council during discussion of the fate of Whispers Of Hope.
I was speaking in regard to the alterations which turned into building code violations that were found by the Fire Chief and Building Inspector last October. I suggested that council had rented the space to a non-profit run by volunteers and then essentially turned their backs on them for years. Without ‘keeping in touch’ via regular contact so that any deficiencies or alterations needing addressing could be solved correctly. And I added that this was essentially the way the voters treat council: the elect them to office and then ignore them for 4 years or until they do something objectionable. If that happens then the call is to ‘throw the bums out’. And then I said to the mayor ‘just like you said in a certain public meeting back before you were Mayor.’
The Mayor said he didn’t think he had said that . . . turns out he is correct and my memory is off. But not by much – judge for yourself.
My ‘recollection’ – his ‘rebuttal’ is a minute later at about 1:46
And this is what he actually said back in 2014:
So Mr. Mayor, I, Les Johnson, apologize for ‘putting words in your mouth’.
But I do think that the interpretation of my memory of your words hits closer to what you actually said than your memory of your words did.