Elec­tion an op­por­tu­nity to take North Bay back from the elites

North Bay Nugget - - OPINION -

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

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