2014 municipal election promises to be an exciting one

Congratulations to the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce for being recognized as the Best Chamber of Commerce in B.C.

Congratulations to the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce for being recognized as the Best Chamber of Commerce in B.C.

The award was presented because of all that the Williams Lake Chamber has done to promote prosperity for businesses in our region.

B.C.’s Green Party passed a resolution at their B.C. convention last week saying there should be a province-wide ban on rodeos.

That resolution probably will not win them many votes here in the Rodeo Capital of B.C.

The Williams Lake Stampede has just had two of its best years for attendance so I suspect most folks still want to see the kind of action that has been provided in the rodeo arena at the Williams Lake Stampede, for the last 87 years — soon to be 88.

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Should tipping be eliminated for restaurant meals? A new eating establishment in Parksville, on the Island, has eliminated tips –– they simply add 15 per cent or whatever the rate may be and this goes into increasing the server’s salary.

Should it only be restaurants where tipping is cut out?

Perhaps it might be the hairdresser, or the taxi driver, who would not get a tip.

In Australia they have had this ‘no tip’ regime for some time and when I used that system Down Under, I thought it was kind of neat, because I never had to worry if I was giving enough for a tip, or even if I should

If we tip for service, why don’t plumbers usually get tips?

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This week I heard that Surinderpal Rathor may take a run at the mayor’s seat in the Williams Lake municipal election this fall.

Rathor has been on council for 20 years and has held a variety of portfolios in that time.

It isn’t a secret that Surinderpal has wanted to take a run at the mayor’s chair for some time.

If it is a two-way race between current two-term Mayor Kerry Cook and Rathor, it might be an interesting race. If two run against Kerry, she would probably split the vote, as she did last election.

Scott Nelson is another potential mayoralty contender. At least, that is what the rumour mill is now grinding.

It could be a very interesting race this fall for mayor and the councillor positions, as I understand at least three of the current position holders may not take the challenge this fall.

Ken Wilson is a freelance columnist with the Tribune/Weekend Advisor.