Opinion

10 days before voting day in Election 2017. Will insanity be the word of the day?

“ The definition of Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.” Is a great saying that has been credited to Albert Einstein, but there is no guarantee, but it is a great saying.
It is also something we should keep in mind during elections.
Prior to the last election we rated 15th on the national crime severity index, and now we are rated 2nd and we now have the most fentanyl and opioid deaths in Alberta. Should we not have doubled down on the issue last election.
CBC did a story about Red Deer’s air quality being the worst, years ago. The monitors have been reading, “Demands Immediate Action” since 2009. Drawing national attention since 2010. We are not even addressing the issue.
While the province grew, Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and our surrounding communities grew in 2016, Red Deer lost 975 permanent residents. Hardly spoken. The neighbourhoods comprising 31% of the population lost 777 of the 975 permanent residents. No corrective actions planned.
The only Recreation Centre north of the river was built almost 40 years ago. The last school built north of the river was in 1985. The neighbourhoods north of the river have never had a high school but there are plans for 6 south of the river, 4 already opened.
We have 10 days to go before election day, and how do we communicate with the candidates. The general forum saw each question asked, being answered by only 2 candidates. Introductions were only 90 seconds and closing remarks were only 30 seconds. You could not get to know much in that format.
Some candidates do not return calls or answer e-mails, so confusion reigns and this benefit’s the incumbents. This almost guarantees all the default votes go to the incumbents, and since almost all the incumbents are running, we will end up with almost the same group as last time.
I am not insane, and in that case, I would not expect different results.

There are more forums. I have included some below and I have also included names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses. These came from the city’s contact list on reddeer.ca.

Have concerns? Contact as many as possible to find out as much as possible.

Diversity & Inclusion
Date & Time: Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Memorial Festival Hall (4214 58 Street)
Host: Welcoming and Inclusive Community Network

Red Deer College Student Forum
(Mayoral candidates)
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Margaret Parsons Theatre (1400), Red Deer College
Host: Students’ Association of Red Deer College

Construction, Land Development and Real Estate Industry Forum
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 6:30-9:00p.m.
Location: Radisson Hotel Red Deer

Reddeer.ca has on their website an official list of candidates with phone numbers and e-mail addresses for the public. I am listing them;

CANDIDATES FOR THE OFFICE OF MAYOR
Number of Positions to be filled: 1
Name…….. Phone……. E-mail Address
Sean Burke…… 403-392-2893…… amltpro@outlook.com
Tara Veer ….. 403-358-3568 ….. tara@veerforreddeer.ca

CANDIDATES FOR THE OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR
Number of Positions to be filled: 8
Name …..Phone …..E-mail Address
Sandra (Sam) Bergeron …..403-304-9884 ….. sam.vandergulik@gmail.com
S.H. (Buck) Buchanan …..403-348-3240 ….. bucky@xcops.ca
Valdene Callin …..403-348-9958 ….. vcallin@shaw.ca
Matt Chapin ….. 403-347-1934 ….. chapin141@hotmail.com
Michael Dawe …..403-346-9325 ….. michaeljohndawe@gmail.com
Rob Friss …..403-597-1355 ….. rfriss@shaw.ca
Calvin Goulet-Jones …..403-872-4253 …..calvinforcouncil@gmail.com
Jason Habuza ….. 403-597-8712 ….. mrstonecold2002@gmail.com
Tanya Handley …..403-596-5848….. rthandley@shaw.ca
Vesna Higham ….. 403-505-1172 ….. highamclan@gmail.com
Ted Johnson ….. 403-396-5962 ….. ted.johnson.work@gmail.com
Ken Johnston ….. 403-358-8049 ….. kencjohnston1@gmail.com
Cory Kingsfield ….. 403-352-6450….. ck4500@gmail.com
Jim Kristinson ….. 403-318-0330 ….. jkristinson@hotmail.com
Lawrence Lee …..403-346-7388….. llee@alacapital.ca
Kris Maciborsky …..587-679-5747….. kmaciborsky@yahoo.ca
Doug Manderville …..403-318-0545 …… dougm4rdcouncil@hotmail.com
Bobbi McCoy …..403-346-0171 …… bobbi-mccoy@shaw.ca
Ian Miller …..403-392-4527 ….. Ianmiller_623@hotmail.com
Jeremy Moore …..403-357-4187….. mm.3@telus.net
Rick More …..403-340-9330 ….. rmore@reddeerchamber.com
Lynne P Mulder …..403-392-1177 …..lpmulder@shaw.ca
Bayo Nshombo Bayongwa …..403-307-1074 …… bayongwa@yahoo.com
Matt Slubik …..403-848-3762 ….. slubikmatt@gmail.com
Jordy Smith …..587-377-4384 ….. jordysmith.reddeer@gmail.com
Brice Unland …..403-597-4321 ….. briceunland@me.com
Jonathan Wieler …..403-358-8270 …..jonwieler@icloud.com
Frank Wong ….. 403-872-3238 …… fwong55@shaw.ca
Dianne Wyntjes …..403-505-4256 …… dwyntjes@shaw.ca

CANDIDATES FOR THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC SCHOOL TRUSTEE
Number of Positions to be filled: 7
Name …..Phone….. E-mail Address
Nicole Buchanan ….. 403-596-4611 …… nbuchanan.rd@gmail.com
Matt Chapin ….. 403-347-1934/ 403-346-6821 ….. chapin141@hotmail.com
Jason Chilibeck ……………………………………..info@jason4reddeer.com
Bill Christie …..403-597-8354…… btchristie@telus.net
Dick Lemke …..403-347-1963 …… dicklemke@shaw.ca
Dianne Macaulay ….. 403-588-8806 ….. heartnsoul.92@hotmail.com
Bev Manning …..403-358-2035 ….. beverlysue9@hotmail.com
Patrick O’Connor …… 403-598-0870 ……patrick4rdpsd@gmail.com
Ben Ordman …..403-346-5885
Cathy Peacocke …..403-342-6043….. CathyPeacocke@gmail.com
Angela Sommers …..403-309-4546 ….. angelasommers144@gmail.com
Bill Stuebing …..403-347-5319….. stuebingbill@gmail.ca
Jaelene Tweedle …..403-754-2501 …..mackenzieann@shaw.ca
Jim Watters …..403-340-9392….. jwattersfamily@shaw.ca
Chris Woods …..403-318-0503….. cwoods@laebon.com
Laurette Woodward …..403-346-9447 …..woodwardlaurette@gmail.com

CANDIDATES FOR THE OFFICE OF CATHOLIC SCHOOL TRUSTEE
Red Deer & Area
Number of Positions to be filled: 5
Name …..Phone…… E-mail Address
Murray Hollman …..403-391-0336….. mphollman@gmail.com
Adriana LaGrange …..403-347-0225….. lagrang@telus.net
Cynthia Leyson …..403-848-1232 …..cleyson@shaw.ca
Kim Pasula …..403-350-1808….. bcc@incentre.net
Carlene Smith …..403-392-6042 …..koryandcarly@hotmail.com
Anne Marie Watson …..403-348-1064 …..amjwatson@gmail.com

CANDIDATES FOR THE OFFICE OF CATHOLIC SCHOOL TRUSTEE
Highway 11 Ward: Rocky Mountain House, Caroline, Eckville, Sylvan Lake
Number of Positions to be filled: 1
Name ……Phone….. E-mail Address
Dorraine Lonsdale …..403-845-4117 …..dorrainel@gmail.com
Liam McNiff …..403-887-5308 ….. Liam.mcniff@rdcrs.ca

CANDIDATES FOR THE OFFICE OF THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL TRUSTEE
QE II Ward: Innisfail, Bowden, Olds, Didsbury
Number of Positions to be filled: 1
Name….. Phone….. E-mail Address
Sharla Heistad …..403-994-3871 ….. heistadgirls@gmail.com ACCLAIMED

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