Today started bright and early at the Kamloops Farmers Market and a traditional marker of the start of the civic election campiagn - the Council of Canadians Candidates forum.
I didn't sleep all too great the night before and got a bit spooked by the short time to cover a lot of points. Candidates were asked to answer this question in one minute:
"In view of the fact that the United Nations has declared water to be a human right, how would you address this right in your capacity as Mayor/Councillor vis-a-vis the proposed Ajax mine, public drinking fountains, metered water, pollution through cosmetic pesticide use, or any other capacity?"
Out of respect to the organizers, I tried to specifically each of the 4 specific issues they raised with regards to water use. I forgot one point in my opening statement.
I hopefully made up for this by adding the point I missed in my response to the first question I was asked - which was on community wide wifi. I was also asked a question about the wages of city manager and whether I felt they were too high. I support easier access to community wide wifi and I don't think city managers' wages are too high given the service they have provided the community generally and through me as community representative.
I was humbled by many strong supporters helping me at my "listening booth". I got asked about the possibility of opening up the drop and shop at the landfill, the desireability of paving the oak hills dike, and the days for advanced voting in the election.
I had a bit of nap in the afternoon and then responded to some questions for the TRU Omega newspaper ( I hope I got these in under the wire, was a bit later than I hoped because of my nap). Lots of questionnaires to fill out this election. More than before. This is a good thing, I believe, but workload has increased.
Went to the Diwali function put on by the Kamloops Hindu Cultural Assocation this evening. Great event. Wonderful entertainment. Nice to see a lot of people and to sit with Nancy Bepple and MP Cathy McLeod (along with our friends and spouses.
Was approached at the dinner about the possibilty of the city hiring more Indo-Canadian citizens. This come up from time to time.
As I am sure happens to other council incumbents (especially), I got asked again when I will run for Mayor. I would love to run one day but am quite happy with our current Mayor.