No good can­di­dates?

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When the results came in for this past mu­nic­i­pal election last Mon­day, some were happy with the make-up of the new coun­cil, while oth­ers com­plained that there were too many fa­mil­iar faces.

I started work­ing at this job in the sum­mer of 2016 and an im­por­tant part of what I do in­volves work­ing on so­cial me­dia. I read a lot of the comments and a common thread I’ve seen on sto­ries that I’ve done about mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics are com­plaints about how things are run. This ac­tu­ally made me very op­ti­mistic for this year’s election. When peo­ple are com­plain­ing, that to me tells me that they want change, and if some­one wants change then they should get out and vote. This is not what hap­pened how­ever.

The res­i­dents of Corn­wall did not get out and vote. Only 38 per­cent of the to­tal po­ten­tial vot­ers went to the polls and of those, only 4.7 per­cent were un­der the age of 30. Nearly 60 per­cent of all vot­ers in Corn­wall in this election were over the age of 60.

What I’m about to say is not meant to take away any­thing from the abil­ity of th­ese men to serve as coun­cil­lors, but I think a real rea­son why so many for­mer coun­cil­lors did well in this election, was be­cause the older gen­er­a­tion rec­og­nized their names. A lot of peo­ple who voted likely re­mem­bered names like Syd Gar­diner, Glenn Garry Grant and De­nis Carr be­cause they voted for th­ese names 12 and 20 years ago. They wanted older and more sea­soned coun­cil­lors.

I saw ex­cuses posted in the comments sec­tion of our story on voter turnout on Face­book. Some said that they could find the time to go out and vote. There was ad­vanced polling open sev­eral times start­ing on Oct. 11 at three dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions. I voted in ad­vance on Fri­day, Oct. 12. I was the only one in the polling sta­tion and was out again in five min­utes. Ad­di­tion­ally, em­ploy­ers are re­quired by law to give paid time for their em­ploy­ees to go and vote. Vot­ing is a right and not a priv­i­lege.

Oth­ers com­mented that there were no good can­di­dates to vote for in this election. There were 30 can­di­dates running for coun­cil and four running for Mayor and out of all of those can­di­dates peo­ple can claim that there wasn’t a sin­gle one they could bring them­selves to vote for? If any­one truly be­lieves that there were no good can­di­dates running in this past election, then I would have dearly liked to see them run for of­fice them­selves, be­cause they re­ally must be some­thing spe­cial.

The worst ex­cuse I prob­a­bly heard as to why some­one didn’t vote is be­cause they ei­ther didn’t know the is­sues or felt that the election did not con­nect with them. This state­ment is just wrong.

Mu­nic­i­pal government is the most im­por­tant level of government in your lives. When Justin Trudeau went to In­dia, the cost of the trip and some of the events that tran­spired made na­tional head­lines, but it didn’t af­fect the lives of few if any peo­ple in Corn­wall. What does af­fect the lives and the fu­ture of res­i­dents in Corn­wall? Prop­erty taxes, the de­vel­op­ment of the water­front, and main­te­nance of in­fra­struc­ture af­fect the lives of peo­ple in Corn­wall ev­ery day.

If Trudeau can­cels Canada’s arms deal with Saudi Ara­bia to­mor­row it will likely not af­fect any­one in Corn­wall, but if a wa­ter­main breaks in front of some­one’s house be­cause the City hasn’t spent enough on in­fra­struc­ture main­te­nance, that does have a lo­cal im­pact.

What do you think read­ers? Why was voter turnout so low this time around? Were there re­ally no good can­di­dates? Email me a Let­ter to the Edi­tor at ni­[email protected]

Je­sus & Sa­tan Tech Ar­gu­ment

They had been go­ing at it for days, and God was tired of hear­ing all of the bick­er­ing. Fi­nally, God said, “Cool it. I am go­ing to set up a test that will run two hours and I will judge who does the bet­ter job.”

So, Sa­tan and Je­sus sat down at the key­boards and typed away. They moused. They did spread­sheets. They wrote re­ports. They sent faxes. They sent e-mail. They sent out e-mail with at­tach­ments. They down­loaded. They did some ge­neal­ogy re­ports. They made cards. They did ev­ery known job. But ten min­utes be­fore their time was up, light­ning sud­denly flashed across the sky, thun­der rolled, the rain poured and, of course, the elec­tric­ity went off.

Sa­tan stared at his blank screen and screamed ev­ery curse word known in the un­der­world. Je­sus just sighed. The elec­tric­ity fi­nally flick­ered back on and each of them restarted their com­put­ers.

Sa­tan started search­ing fran­ti­cally, scream­ing “It’s gone! It’s all gone! I lost ev­ery­thing when the power went out!”

Mean­while, Je­sus qui­etly started print­ing out all of his files from the past two hours. Sa­tan ob­served this and be­came irate. “Wait! He cheated, how did he do it?” God shrugged and said, “Je­sus saves.”

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