Ashcroft council candidates Doreen Lambert

Ashcroft council candidates face questions about Wellness

All candidates' meeting in Ashcroft attracts 60 people and a lot of questions.

the questions at the All Candidates’ Meeting in Ashcroft on July 25th. Sponsored by the Ashcroft Chamber of Commerce, and moderated by Ron Hood, the meeting gave prospective councillors Jessica Clement, Doreen Lambert, and Alf Trill an opportunity to state their positions, visions, and goals.

The candidates are vying for the Ashcroft council seat left vacant when Jackie Tegart resigned following her successful campaign in the provincial election in May.

Written questions from the audience of around 60 people included several about the Wellness brand, the recent 1st Annual Wellness Festival, and such matters as the Village’s use of Roundup for weed control.

Clement admitted that while she had initially had reservations about the Wellness brand, she has come to feel that the brand is good for Ashcroft. Trill also supported the Wellness brand, while acknowledging that it does not necessarily fit everyone. Lambert said that while she does not agree with the Wellness brand, she said that if elected she would work for the entire community and support the brand to the best of her ability.

When asked what they felt were the biggest issues facing Ashcroft council in 2013, the replies were varied. Trill felt that taxation topped the list, while Clement cited water conservation and Lambert said employment and the stabilisation of taxes.

All three were supportive of the idea of a citizen-led effort to ban the use of Roundup, while noting that weed control is a serious issue, and that research would have to be done into viable alternatives to Roundup.

When asked what made them decide to run for council, Lambert replied that she wants to be a part of one of the most perfect places on earth. Trill, a former councillor, said that his prior experience was a factor, and Clement said she felt that a younger voice is needed on council.

A question regarding balancing the demands of council with their current work was asked. All three said they felt they had ample time to devote to the business of elected office. Each candidate said she or he would contribute to a positive atmosphere on council by listening to, and respecting, the views of others.

The election for the position of one Councillor will be held on Saturday Aukgust 10 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the Ashcroft Community Hall, 409 Bancroft Street. There will be advance voting, also at the Ashcroft Community Hall, on Wednesday July 31 (8:00 am – 8:00 pm) and on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday August 6 – 8 (8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm).

Barbara Roden

 

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