Speculating on W.L. civic race

We have a civic election coming our way this fall and I hope we can get a better turnout of voters than the last go around.

We have a civic election coming our way this fall and I hope we can get a better turnout of voters than the last go around.

We never attained the 50 per cent mark for the voter turnout.

Less than one-half of eligible voters turned out to elect those who set the direction for Williams Lake.

That is a shame we didn’t get a good voter turnout, but it was better than in Quesnel or 100 Mile House.

Just more than one half of the electorate had a reason to not fill out an election ballot. Why?

Perhaps we should emulate Australia. If you don’t vote you are fined and the cost is added to your tax bill. What do you think?

This election appears to have two people running for the mayors seat.

It looks like incumbent Mayor Kerry Cook and Coun. Surinderpal Rather will do battle this fall.

I did hear that Walt Cobb may run again.

I think you should take that jet plane into retirement.

You have served us well as an MLA, as a mayor and councillor, so now, save the politics for being a Beaver president, or whatever, you don’t need to do any more Walt.

Also I heard another rumour that Scott Nelson will run for council.

I hope he would get elected as council would have two former mayors to help guide the process of running the community affairs.

Still with politics, Brian Battison of Taseko Mines suggested in a speech recently in Williams Lake, that he has never met such a hard working MLA as Donna Barnett…quite a compliment from Battison as he has met and worked with several provincially elected members of the legislative assembly over the years in his job as a vice-president of the mining company.

And more politics….

Councillor for the Williams Lake Indian Band Rick Gilbert told the same mining get-together that there are many benefits to Taseko/Gibraltar Mine and they appreciate the co-operation and what they do to build a strong relationship.

He got a good laugh when he said the mine is good for this area because it will “bring peace in the valley.”

It was good to see Rick again as I have not seen him for a number of years.

Keep up the good work Rick.

I hope you have a good long weekend folks … remember to drive safely if you are travelling when lots of drivers will be on the highways.

Ken Wilson is a freelance columnist for the Tribune/Weekend Advisor


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association CEO Amy Thacker named to provincial Tourism Task Force

The Province is allocating $50 million in the Economic Recovery Plan to implement new measures

Cariboo-made face masks honour missing and murdered Indigenous women

Dana Alphonse has received a tremendous amount of interest in her face masks

Williams Lake Take Back the Night event set to go virtual Friday, Sept. 25

Residents are being encouraged to take a walk individually and post on social media

QUIZ: A celebration of apples

September is the start of the apple harvest

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

Most Read