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Candidates face students at HRH Municipal Election Forum

by Adrienne Tait is elected. Zahara, Sorensen, and Wilkinson raised
concerns over placement all stating they would
The possible development of a multi-use prefer safety over ticket volume. Councillor
HRH students from grades 9-12 attended a facility was also identified as an issue that is on Chouinard said, “I have been an advocate
well-organized and informative forum at HRH the minds of youth. All of the candidates agreed wanting traffic lights. In the last year I got three
on Thursday, October 5. that the town should make a plan to move $400 fine for running through red lights. I was
Candidates for town council as well as forward with such a development. Councillor just as upset as anyone else but on the same
mayoral candidate Kevin Zahara were in Wilkinson said, “When I came on council four token I totally agree that I chose to run that light
attendance to address the students and answer years ago I thought 'in four years we are going to that was turning red. With people speeding, it is
their questions. Mayor Greg Pasychny, have a fine arts centre, a recreation centre.' fair. The money goes directly to speeding, I
Councillor Trevor Bevan, and candidate Johnny Little did I realize just how much of our taxes go have that choice.”
Walker sent their regrets as they were unable to to when you turn the taps on and when you flush Another concern raised was the aging
attend. Mayor Pasychny was attending an your toilet, and get roads repaired. That just infrastructure in the town and how, if elected,
Evergreen's Foundation meeting, Councillor costs so much money. We haven't been in a the future councillors would repair without
Bevan was representing Community Futures in position to build yet. We had a debenture on the raising taxes. Candidate Woodhouse, “There are
Grande Cache, and Johnny Walker was not second phase of Hillendale, that debenture has long term plans in place but part of it is there are
available. been paid off. We also bought the clinic where unexpected or hidden costs that you don't know
The first question posed to council hopefuls the doctors currently are and that debenture has until you open up the ground. The contracting
was with store chains such as Loblaws, been paid off. As a town we are in a much better costs are always going up and with the hidden
independent Groceries, gas stations, Wal-Mart financial position to be able to proceed.” costs you should work hard at maintaining and
etc building on the outskirts of town are there When asked what they would do for youth the keeping the balance as low as possible.”
any plans to rejuvenate downtown Edson before responses for candidates included support for a All candidates had the opportunity to provide
it becomes a ghost town? multi-plex as well as listening to the youth. closing statements. During her statement,
Many answers were similar to each other with Candidate Sorensen said, “I would like to see the candidate Krystal Baier said, “I am a huge
candidates all agreeing that the downtown core old BMX track developed into a youth fitness advocate of getting people informed and getting
does need to attract more small business and park. Build up a tobogganing hill, parkour or people out voting. Choose someone you feel
needs support in order to thrive. Parking was obstacle course, bouldering wall would be great will represent you the best. I have no hidden
identified as an issue and the beautification assets. That park needs to be developed with agenda, I am not part of any group or clubs that
program identified as a benefit offered to seating, trees, and scenery to be developed for are advocating for anything. I haven't even been
businesses that is working. Candidate Jacqui adults and seniors.” Sorensen said that would to the Whitecourt pool (I am probably the only
Currie said she would like to encourage help alleviate security concerns. one here who hasn't!) Do some research on the
community services and events such as look at Candidate Doug Woodhouse said he believes candidates and please get out and vote.”
doing something similar to the cities and have that youth should be
the downtown traffic shut down to host the involved in the
Farmer's Market. Councillor Chouinard said he multiplex from the
would like see ideas that will attract more planning stages, “We
businesses to 3rd Avenue. have to make sure that
The possible sale of the Recreation Complex you are represented
was also raised as a question. Mayoral right from the start and
candidate Kevin Zahara said he thinks the end that your needs are met
goal of moving away from that facility and and you get what you
building a multi-use facility in town is the way want.”
to go but that the situation should have been Candidate Krystal
handled different and would have preferred and Baier said in addition
open bid process. Councillor Janet Wilkinson to listening to youth
said, “Our final decision isn't made. We have a she believes there is a
report done it cost $100,000 and it took a year to need for more
complete. The results of that survey suggested affordable activities
that we demolish that building. It is far too for youth.
costly to maintain. Curling is a sport that isn't Candidates were also Social Stuides teacher Peter Taylor moderated a forum at HRH which
being taken up by young people as much as it asked their thought on allowed students to ask questions of the council and mayoral hopefuls.
once was. We are subsidizing every curler to the photo radar. All from Left to right: Peter Tayor, Kevin Zahara, Krystal Baier, Gean
tune of about $1000 per year through taxes. We candidates are in favor Chouinard, Jacqui Currie, Troy Sorensen, Janet Wilkinson, and Doug
have spent $3.8 million in the last 11 years of keeping the Woodhouse. photo Adrienne Tait
maintaining that building out there so it is really program although
your decision what needs to be done.”
When asked who would be the best council to
work with? The candidates all answered that IT’S COMING (Winter, That is ...)
they will be willing to work with whichever one


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