Well, basically, it's all over except for the crying, the laughter, the joy and the disappointment that inevitably result whenever the citizens have the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote for those who will, afterwards, rule the roost so to speak.
It's been for many, if not all, the candidates in this municipal race a grueling and demanding marathon where their time and their energy has been maxed out to the limits of endurance.
As one of the contestants for council, Mitchell Vik, so aptly put it last evening when I caught him racing out of his K-MAX video store to attend yet another evening event, "There's no rest for wicked you know...."
Chamber of Commerce All Candidate 'Debate' lackluster & lame
QC Sentinel Editorial
By Arthur Topham
'Lackluster', 'old hat', 'par for the course' and 'lame' are terms that come to mind when I think about the recent all candidates meeting at Correlieu Senior Secondary hosted by the Quesnel & District Chamber of Commerce.
There are likely various reasons why I got this impression but more specifically I think it had something to do with the fact that the event, in terms of public's awareness of it, was severely lacking and in that regard I would have to point a finger at Quesnel's own home town newspaper the Quesnel Cariboo Observer for not having advertised it sufficiently (or even at all). If the chamber advertised it they must have done so via the local radio or via cable tv as I didn't see any announcement from them either of them in the Observer (I double checked the last two editions leading up to the October 27th gathering and not a single word was found). On top of this Quesnel's local tv network, Shaw, was unavailable to film the event. It begs the question as to who organized it on a date where the visual media would be unable to cover it. Fortunately some of the candidates, in particular Ron Paull's team, were able to video the proceedings and will likely be furnishing Shaw with footage soon.
In reference to the opinion expressed by Fran MacPherson in the Quesnel Cariboo Observer dated October 14, 2011 bylined “Team Mentality Needed.” I agree with the byline heading, but respectfully disagree with some statements in her letter.
Mayors and councillors from across the province seem to be having a grand old time in Vancouver this week for their annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention. It's undoubtedly good for the downtown hotel and beverage trade.
But, given the worrying economy, I think they should have stayed home this year and held their meetings by teleconference, saving a ton of taxpayers' money.
Troubles at the Trough: Quesnel Councillor Paull asks some tough questions of Mayor Sjostrom's spending habits
QUESNEL'S CITY AUDITOR RONALD E. RASMUSSEN FEELS MAYOR SJOSTROM'S CHEQUE VOUCHERS ARE "WELL CARRIED OUT", "SUPPORTED", "SATISFACTORILY APPROVED" AND "REASONABLE".
CITY COUNCILLOR RON PAULL BEGS TO DIFFER AND ASKS SOME "TOUGH" QUESTIONS IN HIS SEPTEMBER 28TH LETTER TO THE CARIBOO OBSERVER REGARDING THE MANNER IN WHICH RASMUSSEN HAS DEALT WITH THE ISSUE.
For some time, I have resisted growing public pressure to weigh in on the thorny issue of the mayor’s expenses, but the city auditor’s letter was the proverbial straw that has raised more questions than answers. Was the auditor instructed to adjudicate only the paper trail and not the eligibility and propriety of some of the mayor’s expenses? Why didn’t his opinion go beyond simply saying that all the paperwork is in order? Why, in spite of saying in his letter that he conducted a “review of the overall purpose of the supporting documentation” did he not say (or at least politely hint) that some of those expenses were clearly not eligible to have been claimed? Is he not aware that certain of those expenses are not eligible for reimbursement because under the Canada Income Tax Act, all local government elected officials receive a large portion (in our case it is one third) of their pay as an expense allowance. The City’s Council Indemnity Bylaw No. 1385 of 1997 says, in part “….provide for the payment of an annual indemnity to the Mayor and councillors of the City …., a part of which may be an allowance for expenses incidental to their duties”. In the body of the bylaw, Section 3 states “One-third of such annual indemnity amounts paid to each member of Council shall be paid as an allowance for expenses incidental to the discharge of his or her office.” That language is repeated in the Council Policy for Council Remuneration.