HARRISON ELECTION

Q & A with Harrison Hot Springs mayoral candidates

Village mayor-hopefuls answer the Observer’s questions

Questions for Harrison Hot Springs mayoral candidates:

1. What two qualities make you suited for a leadership role?

2. What is the biggest challenge facing Harrison Hot Springs and how do you plan to address it?

3. Give two concrete examples of how you will make decisions that reflect the will of your community.

4. Do you see residential and commercial development as a benefit to the community? Why or why not?

5. Where do you stand on the quarry proposal, set to be developed close to Harrison?

John Allen

JOHN ALLEN

1. Extensive good experience forming and leading many local, regional and provincial organizations and businesses. Excellent chairing skills, ie :- Running good meetings, getting the best out of all participants, providing visionary ideas, sorting out complex issues, finding good solutions to problems. I listen carefully and assess each comment.

2. Morale is low. People are discouraged and angry at what is happening to our village. They can’t trust the Village or the OCP and zoning bylaws anymore. I will take back control of Harrison from the developers and restore confidence in the rule of law for an orderly, well-planned future. This will require bringing back good plannings and restoring proper public input by Harrisonians.

3. The “will of the community” is properly expressed in our bylaws, like the OCP. These have been ignored and the peoples’ will has been disrespected. I will respect the will of the people by returning to the proper application of our bylaws. Secondly, I will initiate real consultation and will welcome public input rather than shut the public out, as happens now. No more ridiculous time limits at public hearings. No more “agenda items only” during formal question period and a new, pre-meeting question period added.

4. Of course it’s beneficial. Growth is necessary as it provides the opportunity to build Harrison into a better community. But only if it’s done properly and in accordance with our own orderly growth plan. That plan, ( the OCP and zoning bylaws) has been gutted . We’ve lost our parks , trees and greenspace which were essential elements of a liveable community. We’ll lose the Harrison Forest Park, too, if this destruction is allowed to continue.

5. I’m strongly opposed. If Timbro proceeds with it, I will try to blacklist them. No more multi-million dollar Village contracts for the quarry men. That potential financial loss should stop the quarry.

Related: Former mayor John Allen challenging Facio in Harrison election

Leo Facio

LEO FACIO

1.Vision with meaning, leadership understood as the competitive edge. Priorities with action, and community with connectedness.

2. Communication collaboration cooperation.The community feels a sense of pride and optimistic about the future of there community.

3. Community members are involved in significant community decisions.

4. Development can be a benefit to the community, we need to be sustainable , more services , housing needs, recreation and culture. Maintain a reasonable tax base

5. Myself and council sent the first letter to the mines inspector, opposing the quarry application, and to the Minister. I have been very prominent with the committee arranging meetings with all levels of Government and First Nations. Myself with Hwys Minister, MLA and inspector of mines, discussing our concerns of the quarry in Victoria. We continue to lobby.

Related: Facio seeks re-election in Harrison Hot Springs



nina.grossman@ahobserver.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Driver assaulted near Agassiz following road rage incident

RCMP ask for public’s help identifying suspects involved in Highway 9 incident

Man accused of killing Belgian tourist along Highway 1 appears in court

Sean McKenzie, 27, made second court appearance since his arrest in connection with the murder of Amelie Sakkalis

Dryness, nitrates possible explanations for Fraser Valley dairy farm fires

Farmers in Agassiz, Rosedale still unsure how fires started

Letter: Look for facts on proportional representation

In regards to the upcoming referendum on Proportional Representation, it should be… Continue reading

Singer k.d. lang receives Alberta’s highest honour

Celebrated singer-songwriter k.d. lang received the Alberta Order of Excellence in Edmonton

B.C. tickets win big in Lotto Max draw

Jackpot carried over; B.C. tickets share Max Millions prizes

VIDEO: G-Men seek revenge Saturday night in rematch at Langley Events Centre

Portland’s Winterhawks downed the Vancouver Giants 5-3 during a road trip down south.

‘Mom, I’m in trouble:’ Canadian faces 10 years for alleged graffiti

Brittney Schneider, another tourist caught spraying message on walls of Tha Pae Gate in Thailand

Feds consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez says people still face systemic racism in some communities

UPDATE: Murder victim was brother of slain gang leader

Mandeep Grewal gunned down Thursday in Abbotsford, brother Gavin killed in North Van in 2017

Enbridge aims for mid-November to finish B.C. pipeline repair after blast

A natural gas pipeline that ruptured and burned near Prince George caused an explosion and fireball

How to get government cheques if Canada Post staff go on strike

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said members could go on rotating strikes as early as Monday

Most Read