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The 2013 municipal elections are quickly approaching. As a former minister of municipal affairs for Newfoundland and Labrador and a former mayor of Mount Pearl, I encourage each and every citizen throughout the province to consider putting their name forward as a candidate for this extremely important level of government.

Municipal council is an essential aspect of our communities and contributes significantly to the running of our province. The greatest contribution you could make to your hometown and province is taking on a leadership role with your town or city. Your participation will make things better today and for future generations to come. Municipal representatives work closely with the residents and all other levels of government to ensure we all continue to have a province that provides a safe and secure environment for us to live, work and raise a family.

Newfoundland and Labrador is undoubtedly one of the best provinces in the country in many respects. This can be attributed to our commitment, our dedication, our sincerity and our keen desire as a people to protect this great place.

Being part of the movement that secures our future is a wonderful opportunity that thousands have undertaken over the years. I encourage many more to experience the same satisfaction by serving on your local government.

Municipal politics is all about capacity building and strengthening a community. From experience, I can confidently say that while the job is not easy,  the satisfaction one receives is incomparable.

As a municipal councillor, mayor or deputy mayor, you have the ability to effect more change in a short period of time than most have in their entire lives. I cannot express how important it is that people step forward and support their fellow residents and their community.

This September put your name on a ballot. Put your ideas out there. Be the positive change your community needs. Run for municipal government.

 

Dave Denine

Mount Pearl

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Mount Pearl

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  • A Series of Auditions for Pretenders
    February 14, 2013 - 11:38

    It amazes me some of the people who run for city council or provincial politics repeatedly without success. Look at the political cartoon in today's Telegram spoofing Brad Cabana considering a run for Pope. The same unfortunate humor can be applied to the wannabes who run for council unsuccessfuly at each election cycle. You just watch some of the prior losers who try, yet again, for glory in this Fall's municipal election.

  • Colin Burke
    February 14, 2013 - 09:05

    Municipal government, like the other levels, is in conflict of interest, in that it actually provides services of which it ought only to regulate their being provided. Also, it almost universally violates the legal presumption of innocence by requiring building permits to ensure beforehand that citizens will obey the law, instead of punishing them after an offence, and the real reason for the latter is that a real punishment sufficient for deterrence would result in outright rebellion because the "offence" would obviously have been too trivial to deserve such punishment; anyone charged with building without permission, especially if otherwise he has obeyed the regulations after taking the trouble to read them, ought to challenge on constitutional grounds the law requiring him to get a permit. Municipal government in its preswent form is therefore the kind of creeping tyranny embodied in a higher government's requiring a licence for marriage; I want nothing to do with such and would certainly not undertake to become part of it.

  • Ken Collis
    February 14, 2013 - 08:25

    I have volunteered to sit on various committees during the past 30 years. I'm a volunteer fireman, I sit on the local Harbour Authority, and I'm chairman of the local ferry users association. I don't regret any of the time and energy I've spent doing all this, but I truely dislike the way the provincial government treats us. There is no consultation, no consideration given to the people we are trying to help, and the only way to recieve support is if you are willing to give up a benefit so the support requested becomes no cost to government. Sometimes you give up something because the other need is greater, only to discover that you lose what you gave up and government changed it's policy so you don't get what you needed and sacrificed for either. Volunteer for council now and have to deal with government every day. No thanks. Just about everyone I know who has tried says how difficult it is.