Victoria Mayoral Candidate Debate tonight, Monday, November 7, Fernwood Community Association, 1923 Fernwood near Gladstone, 7 p.m.

Monday, November 7 

Event:  Mayoral Candidate Debate

Association: Fernwood Community Association

Where: 1923 Fernwood Road

When:  7:00 p.m.

Contact: Tony Sprackett

Phone: 250-514-0714

Email:  president@fernwoodvic.ca

 

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8 Responses to Victoria Mayoral Candidate Debate tonight, Monday, November 7, Fernwood Community Association, 1923 Fernwood near Gladstone, 7 p.m.

  1. Hugh Kruzel says:

    Debating Victoria’s Future

    Hugh Kruzel

    There sure isn’t much buzz about the town over this election. Just a few weeks remain and this is the first advertized gathering of candidates for municipal election 2011. Tonight I am at the Fernwood Community Center and are 70 or so in attendance. In this space this is easily a full house. We are at standing-room only status already 10 minutes before start. Fernwood is busy, vocal, and community-minded.

    In the larger piture I predict turn-out for voting – later this month – though will be the lowest on record unless there is CPR done to citizenship and some energy invested by contestants. Some say wait until after Remembrance day and then we will see a gear-up. Sure there are some signs attached to things they should not be, and CFAX has covered some of the personalities, but unless you have been trying harder (and I was a candidate for mayor in 2008) than I have you could almost miss the whole thing. A snooze. But we could lose!

    Victoria will end up with 3 more years of the same; not a bad prospect say some. Is it a bad bunch? No, taking the balanced view there are no rotten eggs nor really bad apples. Individually, they may have some beliefs and pet projects that are not to my liking, nor yours, perhaps. I am certainly not going to infuriate the goat lobby nor ruffle the feather of chickens in any urban backyard by making a judgement call on those subjects.

    Incumbents always have the upper hand unless they have been caught with their fingers in the cookie jar or are unwilling to play along with CBC’s warrior princess. Quietly doing the business of governance will get you no airtime but it won’t get you in hot water either.

    I am sure bridge-building will be talked about tonight, and naturally the Occupy Movement will be front and center for some. Considering today was the day drawn in the sand by Mayor Dean Fortin as an end to the tenting I still see clusters of MEC domes shiny with rain shimmering in under the lights. What will the next move be in this action?

    Tonight is for mayorial candiates only. Paul Brown is first and talks about financial responsibility. He is convincing and quickly recovers from a mistake of geography. Steve Filopovic states that only 1 in 4 of our neighbours vote in muncipal elections. It is his second attempt in running a small budget but passionate campaign; he is very social minded and involved in activism on a broad spectrum of topics. Naturally accomplished and a confident speaker Dean Fortin in the current mayor and he is polished and speaks of continuing the momentum of what has been started.

    Of the thousands of decisions that mayor and council makes it is often difficult to fairly evaluate past behaviour. It is harder still to predict the future. I look forward to the chance to hear from potential councillors.

  2. goyodelarosa says:

    Thanks for the interesting report, Hugh.
    Sorry my clock is off… it looks like you beat me to the punch…

    By the time I got to Fernwood yesterday evening, the place was ‘sardine city’, so I looked at the trippy mandalas in the foyer, while I tried to hear what was going on in the adjacent tiny hall.

    I overheard Dino complaining, as he often does, about not getting enough money from the province and the feds, a classic cop-out.

    Paul Brown, leader of Open Victoria, was babbling about fixing Fernwood’s sidewalks and needing to build a new fire hall, as if those were priorities of these voters.

    I live in nearby Rockland, walked to the meeting, and I can say with absolute confidence that these are not the issues that the people of Victoria want addressed by their clueless civic government at the moment… far from it.

    By contrast, just after noon today, I met Steve Filipovic by happenstance in the Centennial Square while chatting with We Are Changer Josh Stoffler, an Esquimalt Councillor Candidate, and I am struck by the common sense of both men.

    Although I don’t advocate ‘harm reduction’ as Steve does, I believe that he is the right man on the homelessness issue, and on the saving of the heritage bascule Johnson Street Bridge, which are linked issues.

    Steve Filipovic shows a healthy distrust of the banksters, complacent incumbent government, bureaucrats, unions and corporations… and this is good.

    I think Steve Filipovic is the most humble, most passionate, most inquisitive, and therefor best suited of the three actors that showed up tonight to play the important role of Mayor of the City of Victoria.

    Not sure that I can vote for any of them, though… not in good conscience, mainly because of their ‘harm reduction’ advocacy, and that is a tragedy.

    On this subject the other night last week at the Councillor Candidates’ meet and greet in the Belfry lobby across the street, I couldn’t get a straight answer from Aaron Hall, one of Paul Brown’s Open Victoria candidates, on the subject of so-called ‘harm reduction’, but Suhki Lalli, a Langford pharmacist in the Open Victoria slate, piped up and said that he has been ‘giving the addicts needles since 1999.’

    Smiling a broad Cheshire cat grin as he said it… very pleased with himself, I would even venture.

    When I said to him that I thought that the ‘war on drugs’ was both phoney and a failure as social health policy, he said, ‘as soon as you call something a “war”, you have lost…’

    I said “‘harm reduction’ fits prohibition hand in glove and we have to admit abject failure, decriminalize possession of all currently illegal drugs, and advocate abstinence recovery instead of ‘harm reduction’ which has been tried in Victoria since 1989, and obviously doesn’t work.”

    Suhki Lalli, the Establishment’s Globalist ‘harm reductionist’ pharmacist countered with this cynical observation: ‘harm reduction is just a band-aid on prohibition. Take away prohibition, and you would not need harm reduction.’

    Mind you, were he to be elected to Council, this man would have to recuse himself from voting every time this needle business which he already profits from came up again, which it surely will…

    I don’t believe that David Shebib was there… and by his contempt for the meetings, he speaks volumes, but condemns himself to few votes.

    I had to leave when I heard Brown say he wanted to pour more concrete sidewalks in Fernwood… hard to believe that some diehard Liberals clapped for that idiotic and completely irresponsible idea…

    Your point on the turnout in Fernwood is well taken, Hugh.

    They probably should have tried to rent the gymnasium on Gladstone, but maybe that’s the other Fernwood rival group that also gets City subsidization.

    Ever get the feeling the City of Victoria is trying to smother democracy in Victoria?

    By contrast, there were about five hundred and fifty people packed into the all candidates’ meeting in the Monterey Centre the other night in Oak Bay.

    Next meeting in Oak Bay is tonight, November 8, 2011, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, near the entrance to the University of Victoria, from 7 – 9, and it will be videotaped and televised.

    Yes, folks, the Revolution will be televised in Oak Bay!

    I will be there, advocating for common sense, liberty, life and peace, as usual!

    Gregory Hartnell, Pro-Life Artist Historian
    ‘The Rockland Outsider’
    Oak Bay Council Candidate

  3. Pingback: Hugh Kruzel on Debating Victoria’s Future at the Fernwood Mayoral Candidates’ Meeting: ‘I am sure bridge-building will be talked about tonight, and naturally the Occupy Movement will be front and center for some.’ « GREGORY P

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