Better Know a Candidate: RMWB-style

Your community. Your vote. RMWB Election 2010

Let’s get one thing straight. Voter turnout for municipal elections here in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has a not-so-good history. 2007 turnout was bad. So bad that I’m about to quantify how “bad” bad actually is. So put on your helmets ladies and gentlemen, because I’m about to blow your respective minds.

Bad is less than 10%.

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

We all know that this region faces some pretty big issues.  Some of us also seem to think that even though we don’t vote, we retain the right to complain about how this place is run.

And I guess that’s valid. It’s not like there’s a law or anything. But I think we can all agree that by not participating in municipal politics, you weaken your position while discussing inadequate <insert random municipal service> to your workmates in the break room / trailer.

So I’m trying something here. I’m asking you, yes you, to post/tweet/status update questions that you would like the current crop of RMWB municipal candidates to answer. The 2010 RMWB Election is less than two months away (53 days by my count) and there’s no time like the present to arm yourself with knowledge.

I will be making Better Know a Candidate available to all candidates – both prospective councillors and mayors – everyone will get a fair shake at this.

So along with a short short bio (and by short I mean 140 characters or less – brevity is the mother of invention) and some general info, I will be picking seven questions asked by the oil sands tribe. Candidates are then welcome to send me their information and I will post it for everyone to see.

Candidates – a page with all the information you require to be added to Better Know a Candidate will be up shortly (I just needs me some more questions!)

Why do this? Why not?

Worse case scenario is not only would John Q. Public be apathetic, but so too would the would-be-candidates. Best case scenario? Being a small factor in increasing the voter turnout – to try and break that apathy!

The more we know about candidates, the better decisions we can make. The better the decisions we make, the better the politicians who represent our interests. The better the politicians who represent… well, you get the idea.

So go forth! Think! Ponder! Cogitate! And then come back and tell me your question. Don’t forget that last part – it’s important. Almost as important as voting in the upcoming election.


3 responses to “Better Know a Candidate: RMWB-style

  1. I am one of the few who did vote in the last election and I will vote again this fall. I’m an advocate for the implementation of a curb-side recycling program, but would be interested in finding out what the candidates views are on the possibility of implementing a state of the art waste management program that includes curb-side pick up of both recycling and compost. Thanks.

  2. My name is Don Scott and I am running for council in Ward One . I believe that adopting a Curbside recycling program makes sense. Our community already has a recycling program which can be viewed at . Curbside pickup will make recycling more accessible and I believe it will expand environmental awareness. We are on the international radar and having programs that demonstrate our commitment to a sustainable environment enhance our regions image. More fundamentally programs like this unite our community for a purpose and I believe that will strengthen our sense of community.

  3. I am a dedicated husband and father and a fierce advocate of Wood Buffalo and the BIG SPIRIT that sets us apart from any other place on earth. For the past 15 years I have been a strong proponent of arts, culture and festivity and the role that celebration and expression play in building quality of life. I led the creation of Events Wood Buffalo, an organization that grew out of the Fort McMurray interPLAY Society and is substantially enhancing special events and festivity in our region. A passionate leader at Keyano College, I believe that we can do so much more when we do things together.