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The Right Mayor, and a Pretty Amazing Council to Boot.

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Having just got back from the “nail-biting” event (Mike’s words, not mine) slash celebration held by Councilor Mike Allen and Mayor Melissa Blake, I can say I’m quite happy with tonight’s results. Not all my picks for council made it in, but 6 out of 7 on the evening is not bad. Eat your heart out Mansbridge.





Unofficial Mayoral Results

Unofficial Mayoral Results

Unofficial Ward 1 Results

Unofficial Ward 1 Results

While nothing is official at the time of this post (around 11:00pm on the 18th), Mix 103.7 has announced Blake as the winner in the Mayoral race (by a considerable margin if you ask me) and the winners in the Ward 1 are: Allen, Germain, Kirschner, Meagher, Scott & Thomas.

No matter the outcome, congratulations to all the candidates for showing such a strong field and for making it difficult for voters to make their choice.

Looking for the election results? The RMWB site has it broken down by Wards and by the Mayoral race: Election Results

But What About Voter Participation?

Reflection is needed on the voter participation – I’m looking forward to seeing the final numbers and how they stack up against the different census data for the region.


What are your thoughts? Are you happy with the turnout, sad, couldn’t be bothered either way? Drop a comment down below or let me know on Twitter through @myoilsands.

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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Mike Allen – Better Know A Candidate

mike allen profileABOUT MIKE

I moved my young family to Fort McMurray in 1993 for the opportunity of owning and operating a small business, Campbell’s Music. As the community began its rapid growth, I became more involved in community initiatives, serving as the President of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce for 2 terms, Treasurer of Wood Buffalo Housing. My children have since grown up and are off to University, allowing me more time to give back to the community that has benefitted my family greatly.

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Fort Mac Fact, No. 7,821: We’re Banning (Some) Plastic Bags in September

Reusable bag courtesy of KRISnFred

courtesy of KRISnFred

Locals know (well, maybe not all of them, but they should) that the RMWB voted to pass Bylaw No. 09/033 which bans “single-use plastic shopping bags” – and this bylaw will be effective September 1, 2010. A local high-school student, Sean Graham, set the ball in motion back in 2008.

What This Means

Basically, it means folks will have to remember to pack their linen (or plastic) heavy duty, multi-use shopping bags before they head out the door to their preferred supermarket (mine are either the Save-On-Foods downtown or the Safeway in Thickwood). Of course, they could always bring their groceries back home in paper bags… old-school style.

RMWB Councillor Mike Allen (@Mike_Allen47 on twitter),was quoted in a National Post article on the subject:

As a community we’re very strongly environmentally conscious. Frankly, we get a bad rap. Fort McMurray is associated almost singularly with oil sands and the external media tends to focus on the negative rather than what is being done and what is positive. Right from industry right down to the mother who’s doing the shopping, we’re always looking at ways at improving our environmental footprint.”

I Have Some Questions Though…

garbage: plastic bag, courtesy of Zen

courtesy of Zen

A few things I’ve been thinking about revolve around points like:

1) When you look at the complete product cycle of plastic vs paper bags, which one is more environmentally friendly? (taking into account emissions, recycling, forestry, product life-cycle etc..). My gut tells me that paper is still the way to go, and like Colbert, I trust my gut.

Opponents of a “plastic bag free” future point to some facts around plastic bags, facts like they “use 40% less energy to produce and generate 80% less solid. waste than paper” etc. When I went to follow the references in the “Top 10 Myths About Plastic Grocery Bags“, the first link shows this message from the EPA:

EPA’s New England regional office removed the “Paper vs. Plastic bag” Web content several years ago after conducting a periodic evaluation of that content for its accuracy.”

So until someone shows me some cold, hard facts, I’ll take the paper/reusable bags over the one-time use bags. (And yes, I know a lot of people use them more than once)

2) Is it true, as the National Post article says, that bags “from fast-food restaurants, pharmacies, liquor stores and bags used to purchase bulk items like produce are exempt from the ban“?

The Bylaw states under the “Exemption” section that:

9. There are no organizations exempt from this bylaw

So why did the National Post point out that some folks will be exempt if the bylaw states no-one is exempt? I’m not clear on this. Anyone know what this is all about?

There We Have It

The bags, starting September 1st, will be gone. So why not start getting into the habit of keeping a couple reusable bags in the trunk now?

Some Web Resources on the Topic