[quote=“grey hair”]With the kind of public scrutiny that previous councils have had in recent history, I’d be surprised to see as many candidates run as the last election. I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a handful of ex councilors and ex mayors over the years.
To start, Most were/ are passionate locals. People that responded to a neighbor’s, friend’s and colleague’s request to be a representative on council. Some had a great public speaking talent. Others came from a financial background. Each person was somehow connected to the community, 'had their ear to the ground in some respect.
After a term or so, some had enough and chosen not to run for re election. They had created hard feelings with certain labor groups, to the point where members of the labor groups wouldn’t speak to them any more.Imagine, An elected official takes a stand on an issue and from then on, when he/ she is walking down the street in PR, they’re given a cold shoulder. Yeah, not what I signed up for. Maybe that’s it. An effective councilor is one that can let that sort of thing roll off them?
It seems as though when we want to put a no nonsense candidate on the ballot, someone who’s not afraid to make a decision, we also put them at risk of making the rest of their life in Rupert a little bit different. Strained.
" Real changes aren’t easy " It rolls off the tongue so nicely. I’m not sure Rupertites are truly ready for it.[/quote]
Those are interesting observations. Pettiness from certain members or segments of the public may also explain why the council tends to avoid public scrutiny, holding what amount to regular closed session meetings (every two weeks at 5 pm before the public meeting at 7 pm). They also seem reluctant to debate issues in the public meetings.
I think that you’re right, an effective councillor lets criticism roll off them, but not many people have that ability.
I also share your doubts about whether Rupertites are truly ready for change. There is a tendency to complain, but the electorate votes in familiar faces by considerable margins election after election rather than new people who may have fresh ideas and greater tolerance for the mean spiritedness that sometimes accompanies openess and debate.[/quote]
Sasly, it all kind of explains why the place is in the mess that it is in.