After a while of not having much inspiration, this week I have a lot to talk about. I’m going to postpone my weekly recap post until tomorrow so that I can do this one and another today instead.
I’m not ranting in this one so much as asking a question. How do we wisely choose a mayor? I do not really know. Unlike provincial or federal politics the law passed within the city are not generally so easy to dive along partisan lines. Instead the choice must be made more personally through individual examination of the candidates. So what should I be looking for?
I don’t mean to intimate that they do not have an impact on our lives. The city runs our transportation, transit and roads. They look after many services including key ones like the emergency services. The city has a key role in culture and sport including facilities and festivals. Finally, though it isn’t an exhaustive list, developing the commercial interests in the city.
Controversies, when they do arise, often relate to a single ward within the city – centering around bylaws or the spending of city fund or the zoning of property in neighbourhoods. However, I think, it is often difficult to come down against many issues. Wouldn’t I want more police, more fire and more business? Aren’t I for both greater safety and better roads? Of course no one of for raising taxes, but neither are they against providing service. How do you judge one from another?
There are some controversies in town at the moment. However , they are not ones I wish to use to decide my leaders. Should the city centre airport be closed? Seems fairly simple – if emergency air services can still be safely provided and replacing the air field will serve the city better, why not? Should the city build a downtown arena? I don’t know. I guess it depends on whether the existing one is truly past its lifetime and how much benefit a new one will bring to town. Should the city aggressively pursue further extensions of the LRT system? I think yes. The completion of the century park line stops us from being completely embarrassing, but lines to Millwoods, the west end and out to he airport seem like no brainers. The question is how aggressive should we be.
Are there other issues out the currently that might be a better measuring stick?
Any advice I where I should start and what I should be looking for would be appreciated.