Many voters are still seeking information to help them make a decision on Oct 18. We have tried to assist our readers by posting campaign material as we could get a hold of it. This was prompted by a comment by one of our readers, Brian Sanderson who has offered opinions on our posts and who is also one of the few to comment on our Wolfville Wicki space.
Brian was one of the crowd who asked a question of the candidates at the forum at the Wolfville school this evening. We just got back from this performance which was a more honest and exciting airing of town issues than we have seen in some time. Each candidate had his or her little coterie of supporters and as the evening went on, after each had given a 4 or 5 min presentation, the moderator opened the floor to questions.
It was soon clear that there was a marked separation between those who felt that (as we heard one person express it) “Wolfville is a high class, high quality town, and that costs money” and those who questioned how long they could afford to live here given the relentless tax increases every year, or how new residents, especially young families, could be attracted to the town, given the high cost of housing and the tax burden.
Those well heeled enough not to worry about expenses were concerned with plastic bags and uranium mining and pesticide bans and bicycle lanes. The other camp seemed concerned with affordability, and viable businesses and maintaining infrastructure and institutions such as the school.
Ironically if the person who said Wolfville’s quality life style costs money was asked whether they wanted a town that young people and people of all walks of life could afford they would say of course, completely unaware of the inconsistency of those two positions.
We have awards to give to each of these runners who have put their names forward and braved the guantlet of public scrutiny.
In the mayoral candidate category- A Red Ribbon goes to Garry Balcolm for spirited delivery. A Palme D’or goes to Jeff Cantwell for best balancing act. The Cordon Blue goes to Bob Stead for the healthiest look (Great tan Bob!). Purple heart goes to George Townsend for the bravest performance.
In the Councillor candidate category:
Ann Anderson and Sheila Richardson tie for the “I am Woman, hear me roar” award. We suggest they both also get a free life time membership to the Raging Grannies.
To Peter Drummond goes the “keep to the point” award for concise presentation.
To Eric Hughes goes two awards- one for youngest and freshest approach and another for best dressed candidate.
To Keith Irving goes the CFA award for best CV and for attention to Wolfville’s built heritage.
Jim Laceby gets the black Dahlia literary award for best metaphor.
The leaf and dove peace statuette goes to David Mangle – who else.
Carl Oldham wins the “common sense is not dead” trophy.
The thermopylae spear and shield is awarded to Hugh Simpson for a continued brave stand against strong odds.
To Bob Wrye, the “trust me” award for his over my dead body statement that R1 will be preserved.
And last but not least – the Em My Tee shirt award goes to Bill Zimmerman for the most exasperated display for his ” I know what I am talking about, you don’t” tone and body language.
In the Questioner category:
Best question award, hands down, goes to Harold Stewart who asked what council could do to help him stay in his house in Wolfville once he retired.
And the best in show grand prize for most surprising statement goes to Bob Stead for his assertion that the Wolfville school was absolutely safe, its continued existence guaranteed by the School Board. Hope you got that in writing, Bob, and it must give other communities around pause when their schools are up for review with no such guarantee before the process is fully played out. We expect they would like to know what makes Wolfville so special.