Saturday is election day in Prince George. The only real indication that voters are expected to turn out and participate are the dotting of signs around the city. The names, colours and size may vary but the message is constant: pick me for school trustee.
Paul Nettleton is a kind of political Everyman. He's basically your average Joe who happened to become a politician. He's also an illustration of why there is apparently no place in politics for your average Joe.
The most interesting materials get slipped through the mail slot. This time it was a missive from an employee of the Good Time Bingo Hall. What made it unique was the perspective until now an unheard one, that being from staff. And the person, let's leave gender out of it to protect the writer, has a lot of venom in their pen and it dripped out.
There is another election coming up, slated for near the end of June. Don't worry if you haven't seen or heard much about it, the provincial election has dwarfed most else. But when voters in School District #57 go to the polls on June 23, it will be a defining moment for the school board. There are now three trustee spots open and the selection of replacements could have a severe impact on the way education is delivered in this region.
All politicians like to claim a mandate from the people to introduce an agenda. The only problem is that most times the party in power has not achieved the support of the majority of voters.
W.A.C. Bennett didn't do it, as his biggest level of support was 47 per cent; his son, Bill Bennett, didn't do it either, though he came close a few times; Bill Vander Zalm didn't do it and neither did New Democrat Mike Harcourt when he ended 16 years of Socred rule back in 1991. But when Gordon...
First, some confessions. I like Bishop Gerald Wiesner. I've interviewed him numerous times, taken communion at Masses he has celebrated and, in fact, was confirmed into the Catholic community by Bishop Wiesner.
n The Free Press recently there was commentary on Mr. Nettleton not being at the announcement on the new labs at UNBC. I do not disagree that he should have been invited, but I do feel that any discussion on equal treatment of candidates should be wider than Government announcements. Please consider the following series of events.
Your headline of Sunday March 4 asks, "Who's Responsible For Pet?"
I would suggest that Ms. Paquet seek out the idiot who originally brought this animal into the world, and I don't mean it's canine parents. Every week, the SPCA is forced to kill (and I'm sorry, there is no kinder word for it) dozens of beautiful animals whose only crimes are being born and not having a home.
We all want a healthy vibrant downtown. It is obvious that what that looks a means to people, can be miles apart. My vision for a healthy and vibrant downtown is where all our citizens are welcome no matter what their socio-economic status. That we have access to a multitude of services is professional and customer friendly. We have been talking about downtown revitalization for a long time and we all hope there is a level of success this go-round. But I want express my support for the...