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Today’s The Day: Fort McMurray Rocks The Vote!

(I fully rip apart all sense of impartiality today and endorse certain candidates, read on for the exciting, biased details!)

Your community. Your vote. RMWB Election 2010 If you’ve been living under a rock (or, to be fair, out at a work-camp) then you may not have seen all the signs and know that today is Election Day here in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. And that’s ok, because there’s still time for you to get out and rock the vote. (voting info here)

Today is the day when residents of our region can make their voices heard and elect a mayor and council that they think will be the best representatives for our region. I’ve got my fingers crossed that this will be the best council elected in recent memory.

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Watch Mayoral Candidates Debate the Last Two Questions

Here are the last two questions of the evening. Isn’t technology wonderful?

How do you ensure the citizens the best value for their tax dollars?

What is the question you expected this evening, but wasn’t asked?

First Impressions from the RMWB Mayoral Debate

The Three Debaters, Nebesny, Vyboh and Blake

The Three Debaters: Nebesny, Vyboh and Blake

Here are a few things I take away from tonight’s mayoral debate.

  1. While the theatre had a lot of bums in seats, a large majority of those folks were heavily invested in either the candidates on stage, or were involved in council campaigns themselves. Thanks to @colleentatum for putting that bug in my ear.
  2. Joe Nebesny, while not the most qualified candidate to run North America’s largest municipality (by square kilometers), was a character and received a lot of laughs + goodwill tonight from the audience. He is passionate about the community and sees a lot of good here (he also sees a lot that needs to be prioritized and tackled speedily).
  3. John Vyboh is not a big fan of the oil sands industry – or at least he thinks they need to be more involved in the community. If I were able to question him about that, I would ask him to take a look at who raised the majority of last year’s United Way funds (hint: it rhymes with “employees of the oil sands industry”). He also mentioned how proud he was of the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre and the Suncor Community Leisure Centre. At odds?
  4. Melissa Blake not only kept her calm, dignified presence, but she also stole the show ending with a standing ovation from a large portion of the crowd.
  5. If push comes to shove, I am not entirely convinced that Nebesny would in fact not vote for himself come election day – based on how often he seemed to vocally support Blake’s comments… it was quite funny, and telling.
  6. I will shortly be posting two videos of the very last two questions asked of all three candidates – enjoy!
Audience Milling During Halftime Break

Audience milling during halftime break

Melissa Blake being interviewed after the debate

Melissa Blake being interviewed after the debate

Dave Kirschner – Better Know A Candidate

Dave Kirschner ProfileAbout Dave

We moved here 32 years ago to start a business and have 4 generations presently living here. I’m extensively involved in both community and business to make this a great place to live.

Why are you running in Election 2010?

For over 30 years I’ve worked with family, business, industry, faith
communities, governments, and social agencies to enhance the quality of life in our region. I have the vision and experience to strengthen council and deliver on key issues. I have a proven track record of working with multi-stakeholder groups to achieve results for priorities shared throughout our region, including land development. I bring a broad range of experience and skills in business, planning, contracts and facilitation, to council
chambers. Now that I’m semi-retired, I will devote my prime time to being a full time councilor. Continue reading

Candidates – Deadline is Sept 24th for Better Know A Candidate

I think I made a mistake – yes, I know. A mistake, but please don’t tell my wife, she thinks I’m perfect. (And if you believe that, I have an oil sands lease I’d like to offer you…)

So what is this mistake? I forgot to include a deadline for the Better Know A Candidate submissions.

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Election 2010 Candidates – submit your Better Know A Candidate profile now

Your community. Your vote. RMWB Election 2010

With Labour Day upon us, there are 35 days until Election 2010 – October 18th will be the day that the municipal elections for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo will be taking place.

As noted in late August, I thought it would be a good idea to host a Better Know Your Candidate – RMWB-style here on my oil sands.

Well, candidates can now start submitting their info – as the form is ready and waiting to be filled out.

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