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I deleted the topic Election Answers as I never intended this category to have separate topics.

PLEASE DO NOT CREATE ANY NEW TOPICS IN THIS CATEGORY.

All election comments are to be here only. Any new topic will be deleted.

And please do not forget the rules to post here:

A category to discuss election issues and candidates. To post in this category, you MUST use your real name. No anonymous posts allowed. If you now use a nickname, please open a new account using your real name BEFORE POSTING. All posts using a nickname will be deleted immediately. Please note that any comments in other threads made about the election using a nick name will also be removed.

Here are two posts previously posted before I erased the topic 'Election Answers'.

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I hope that clears up any confusion regarding this thread. If you have a comment regarding any aspect of the election, post it here using your real name only. All other posts using nicknames will be removed. And remember, do not create any new topics as they will be removed.
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The three ballot questions, if passed, will add an extra 8.8% on your tax bill.  

Is there no other option for building these projects?  

We do need more ice surfaces.

I will be voting yes on that issue even though my youngest will be done with the ice surfaces here by the time it is built. 

It's unfortunate that St. Albert, Edmonton, Sturgeon County etc couldn't all work together and build regional ice surfaces for all, since they all need them. 
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The unfortunate part is that the enrollment or hockey is the same as it was 10 years ago.  We will be voting to basically build an arena so kids can practice more.  I know there is plenty of ice to go around.  That is why people rent ice in surrounding areas.  I will vote no as I think people can drive fifteen or twenty minutes to surrounding ice rather than waste money on an arena.  We had to do it all the times my kids were in hockey and it was kind of fun.

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You are incorrect.  Female  hockey numbers are up, figure skating and ringette numbers.    In addition, Castledowns will be closed for the next 2-3 years, other Edmonton rinks are being closed for maintenance, the Garrison A shut down last year unexpectedly. 

A large number of rinks in the region are  nearing their end of life-cycle.  There was a good chart somewhere online but I can't find it at the moment.  Big trouble.  This is going to be a huge issue for anyone who uses ice rinks - with or without ice in it.   Practices are now commonly taking place 30 -45 minutes away as well.   There is not plenty of ice to go around. 



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Judging from recent developments and some of the letters to the editor in the Gazette it is quite apparent that the gloves are off and the race is on for the upcoming election. Better get prepared for the usual vitriol and pablum to wit the the real task is trying to decipher the one from the other. [rolleyes]
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Unfortunately I don't think it is up to the city to provide all the wants and needs for recreation in a community.  There are 5 indoor ice surfaces in St. Albert and many outdoor ones.  Many communities could only wish to have the time our kids get.  We don't need to provide ice for kids to use indoors 3-4 times per week.  Anything over a practice and a game per week should be paid for by the users of the facilities and not the taxpayers.  Sorry to disagree on this one.

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Since we have to use the two Edmonton Garrison rinks as home ice for games and practice in calahoo, river cree and other rinks you are clearly wrong.
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Post removed for failure to use real name. - HH
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There is no real wrong or right on this issue. I have lived here for three decades, raised three kids and not a one ever played hockey, or ringette, or ball hockey, figure skating or anything that required ice or an arena, yet I paid dearly for Servus Place, which I have never been inside. I could harp and bitch about not getting a fair shake, but that would put me in the same category as hockey parents who think I and every taxpayer owe them more. The great bulk of them are sure they have the next NHL star as a child and demand we pay for it, I simply say no way. Your chances of your child even making the NHL are pretty much zero. You may have a better chance of winning the lottery, who knows.

The bottom line is that any hockey parent who is critical of me, can stuff it. I did my part for the past dozen years and will pay for another eight more until Servus is paid off. I sure as heck won't be voting for more anything. I am done with supporting the minority for their impossible dreams. Want your kid to play hockey? Get out your cheque book and get your hand out of my pocket.
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People like you are what's wrong with society. Get lost.
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And we wonder why we have an obesity epidemic. Grumpy old coots who want nothing.
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KK this will be your only warning. Any more personal attacks and you will find yourself on vacation from the site for a few days. Treat others opinions with respect please. Disagree all you like, but please no more childish name calling.
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People like you are what's wrong with society. Get lost.


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I am mystified by the lack of commenting in this thread. I know I insist on real names being used here and advocated that in the entire forum for many years. Few ever did. And what happens?

Everyone switches to Facebook and uses their real names. Go figure!

Now rather than having all election discussion in one place and easy to follow, we have a series of discussions spread over goodness knows how many pages on Facebook. It is so hard to follow it all over there that I tire of trying.

I also see literally dozens of comments that are outright libel on Facebook, but no one seems to care. Here at least, I try to protect folks from getting themselves into libel situations by editing those types of remarks.

It makes no sense to me, but whatever.


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Message to Head Honcho and everybody else: MY SENTIMENTS EXACTLY! Compared to a well administered website blog, 'Facebook' is nothing more than an all out brawl and please don't even get me started on 'Twitter'! [frown]
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I see Cathy Heron's new slogan on Twitter reads, "I make decisions for the next generation, not the next election".

Kinda leaves we seniors right out of the picture doesn't it? I guess it fits as putting us in debt for a $21M library will place that debt on the next generation(s).

How sad.
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And Wes Broadhed proclaims, "Regional collaboration will empower St Albert to continue as a vibrant, economically sustainable City".

Yep, right, sell us down the river to Edmonton and pay $1.6M to get us started in losing control of our own buses.

Better to sell the whole fleet to Edmonton and get the heck out of the money losing transit business and end the empty buses running around St. Albert.

Every. Single. Empty. Day.
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IT would be nice to see if someone could put together a list of accomplishments or positive or negative actions while on council.
For example: "Candidate" Voted for Erin Ridge Francophone School (or against it)
"Candidates" Motion or Initiative - for an independant auditor was sucessfull -
"Candidate XXX". Voted for or against above initiative.
"CAndidate". Supported and protected Out going Mayor in defending or deflecting motions for audits pertaining his admitted double billing
"CAndiate" Supported and protected Out Going Mayor in his MGA violations and subsequent convictions in a court of law.

Above are just a few examples of what I am getting at. What positive or negative actions or behaviours any candidate participated in - as past behaviour is a good indication of future behaviour.

I have seen lots of support for a certain Mayoral candidate and a concerted letter writing campaign against another Mayoral Candidate. As rosy as the support letters are I have not seen any Substantive Performance in this particular candidate in the last 4 years. NOTHING that inspires me to think I WANT THIS PERSON FOR MAYOR. Most of the time this candidate seemed out of touch and confused. So much so that I think if this candidate had a "Clue" he or she would be on the floor playing with it.

Over the last couple years it surprises the hell out of me how many letters of support have been written about some members of council. Apparently it is okay that false accusations are made, that blatant lies have been told, legally required procedures have been ignored, monies have been stolen, illegal lawsuits were supported and funded, and on and on and on. What koolaid are these people drinking?
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Kudos to Bill Kimball for his post describing the historical and current state of affairs within St. Albert City Council. With just a couple of tweaks it would constitute an excellent Letter to the Editor in the St. Albert Gazette through which it would reach a broader audience. I don't know if he would consider doing that?
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Here is Cam MacKay's statement on the need for votes by Plebiscite. Perfectly clear, open and sensible comments; take a look, visit this YouTube link and tell me if you agree

He has my full and undivided support on this important matter
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Murray, if you wish, feel free to use my post as a place to start or inspiration to write a letter to the editor.  You are an eloquent and succinct orator.
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Thanks for the offer Bill, I appreciate your comments. Truth be told, the last letter I submitted; "Mayor shows his true colours.." was more or less intended to be the last of its kind until the election but with the recent proliferation of letters and commentaries from several sources that edify the likes of Nolan Crouse and his surrogate puppets may change that. That being said, I believe it would be more effective if someone else such yourself made the submission.
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Looks like these are good people to vote for if you value financial competence.

MacKay

Hughes
Cassidy
Zukewich
Gilbert Cantin
Stone
plus - Mark Kay as my wildcard.

Anyone disagree?  Let me know if so and why.   Thanks.
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I do not disagree, but would think one could safely add the following three to the wildcard list.

ALLAN BOHACHYK

CHARLENE JELINSKI

BOB RUSSELL


 

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