Election an opportunity to take North Bay back from the elites
to the editor:
I believe this municipal election marks a turning point in North bay.
On Monday, Oct. 22, we have an opportunity to change the direction of our city. For too long, our municipality has been dominated by well-connected elites who have often forgotten about the average citizen. North bay has tremendous potential, but we aren’t leveraging our economic, natural or cultural assets. as the election approaches, I encourage voters to elect candidates who are transparent, collaborative and optimistic.
to begin, transparency is an integral part of being a city councillor. Our citizens deserve to know what’s happening and what councillors are doing to make their lives better.
I advise voters to support candidates who will facilitate town halls, roundtables and summits. a successful community is one that engages everyone. these interactive events should be held once per quarter and should actively seek input from students, entrepreneurs and seniors. as a result, the city will be better equipped to handle youth retention, increase economic development and improve our “quality of place.”
In addition to transparency, city councillors should be collaborative. as you can see from the campaign, too many candidates are already engaging in partisanship. the beauty of municipal politics is that candidates can be independent without being forced to align with party interests. We need councillors who will work with everyone and won’t waste time suing each other. I urge voters to consider candidates who will put the public good ahead of any association, ideology or partisanship.
Lastly, our city council needs to be optimistic. the baylor report, which was a comprehensive study of the city conducted by world-class Mba candidates, told us that only 15 per cent of the population is optimistic about North bay’s future. this needs to change.
Our city councillors should be champions of our community and need to promote it on a daily basis. I ask voters to elect candidates who will re-ignite North bay’s spirit. consequently, people will be more inclined to live, work and play here.
It’s important for city councillors to possess all three of these characteristics. this is an unprecedented election, and the future of our city is at stake.
With the election fast approaching, I encourage voters to support candidates who will move North bay forward. I trust that they will make the right decision.
Dakota P. Allerston North Bay