Politics

Nancy Greene Named To The Senate

Monday morning saw Prime Minister Harper appoint 18 new conservative senators to the Liberal dominated chamber filling all of the available vacancies. With Liberal-affiliated senators currently occupying 58 of the 105 available seats to the Conservatives 20, this move brings a measure of balance to the senate increasing the Conservatives presence to 38. Other seats are held by Independents and senators of other party affiliations.

Visions for Small Schools Prepares to Gear Up for Latest RSS Challenge

Rossland’s Visions for Small Schools held a preliminary meeting last Monday evening at RSS. The meeting, attended by about twenty Rossland parents, was the first step in what will be a four-month-long, community-wide effort to come up with proposals for the future of RSS in time for the school board’s March 2009 deadline for proposals. Both the nature of the proposals and the way in which they will be put together are up for discussion. As out-going Rossland trustee Kelvin Saldern noted, ‘There’s a lot of ways to skin a cat, and there are a lot of ways to plan.”

Getting to Know Greg - Rossland's New Mayor

Two weeks ago Rosslanders made their voice heard in the municipal election that saw the largest voter turnout in the region. In a close vote that saw a separation of 80 votes between the two mayoral candidates, Greg Granstrom came out ahead.

Outgoing Council's Final Meeting

With the full cast of Rossland’s recently elected new city council in attendance Monday night, the outgoing council held their final meeting. There was a short agenda, including the third reading of the Good Neighbour Bylaw. The adoption of this bylaw was one of a number of achievements by the outgoing group, distributed in an attached list of achievements. The short meeting came to a close with the councillors reflecting on their time in office. Closing out the legislative matters of the evening, Mayor Smith asked, “Laurie do you have any notices of motion that you would like to make?”

A New Civic Government for Rossland

The horse race is over, the results are in, and Rossland has a new mayor and council for the next three years. Former councillor (and one-time acting mayor) Greg Granstrom defeated former Rossland Record publisher Mela Pyper in a closely-contested race, 630-550 votes. On the council front, there will be two familiar faces: Jill Spearn (648 votes) and Laurie Charlton (678 votes). New to council this time around will be Andy Stradling, (the vote leader with 931 votes), Hanne Smith (838), Kathy Moore (818), and Kathy Wallace (661).

Unofficial Election Results

MAYOR:

Candidate Votes  
GRANSTROM, Greg
630
Elected
PYPER, Mela
550

COUNCILLOR:

Candidate Votes  
STRADLING, Andy
931
Elected
SMITH, Hanne
838
Elected
MOORE, Kathy
818
Elected
CHARLTON, Laurie (current Councillor)
678
Elected
WALLACE, Kathy
661
Elected
SPEARN, Jill (current Councillor)
648
Elected
DRESCHER, Louise
643
CHOUKALOS, Derek
504

All Candidates Meeting Kicks Off Civic Elections

Although it’s still early in the municipal election campaign, a standing room only crowd filled the Miner’s Hall on Monday night for the all candidates meeting featuring the fine folks who have nominated themselves to guide our city’s future. Sponsored by the Rotary foundation, the well-moderated discussions were for many the first opportunity to hear where each mayoral and council candidate stands on the issues and to get to know their personalities. Setting the tone for the evening, outgoing Mayor Gordon Smith addressed the crowd.

And They're Off...

Candidates for the 2008 Rossland civic elections had until 4:00PM on Friday to sign their names on the dotted lines. By the time the clock struck four, eleven brave souls had offered themselves as sacrifices upon the altar of Golden City politics. Two mayoral candidates and nine prospective councillors are in the running this fall, and they're a mixed bag of old and new names. Two familiar faces, former councillor Greg Granstrom and former Rossland Record owner Mela Pyper, are running for mayor.

First Time Rosslander Candidate Goes Green

With the Liberal and NDP candidates in the upcoming federal election based out of Castlegar and the Conservative candidate hailing from Oliver, Andy Morel, the Green Party candidate, is Rossland’s only local in the running. Originally from Ontario, where he received a certificate in outdoor leadership from Sir Sanford Fleming College and worked as director of the material management department of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Parry Sound, Morel relocated to Rossland over a decade ago, pulled west by his love of the outdoors.
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