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P.S.A.'S · 9th November 2011
Terrace Daily
Full and complete Mayoral Forum is uploaded
Click on attached links below.

Last night, November 8, 2011, the City of Terrace was entertained by those wishing to step up to the plate, to represent the residents living in and around the City of Terrace.

The completion of this editing took 12 hours. Downloading from the internet, Telus, CityWest, Rodgers and all, use the same fibre optics network cable between here and Prince George and can be quite fast.

Uploading is a different story altogether. It can take hours to upload from here, this northwest corner of BC. Apparently we need to call it something else. "Not blessed BC".

Watch the videos attached below. The opening and closing statements of each candidate are joined and the exchange is posted separately.

The Mayoral Candidate speaking order was selected by a draw.

Mayor candidate Merv Ritchie spoke first.

Then Jennifer Lewis

Next was Dave Pernarowski

Although Bruce Martindale spoke last his is posted in the third attached video below.

Don Dunster did not attend the Mayoral debate.

The full exchange of the Mayoral forum is also posted.

The Council candidates video clips are uploaded in a different story.
Comment by Harris from the Post on 11th November 2011
Bottled water? Seriously.

Perhaps we should ban paragraph breaks as well?

Kasia seems to be just another victim of the water flouridation here in Terrace.

Terrace is one of the only towns let in B.C. that still allows fluoridating drinking water. In Europe water flouridation is completely banned.
You think elimnating water bottles will make Terrace a leading community..leading to where?

The Nazi's were the first to expiriment with flouridating drinking water in the ghetto's of Germany.
Flouride makes the population docile, lowers fertilty rates, and lowers the IQ in developing brains (children).

What else is flouride good for? Let's see ... posisoning rats and cockroaches? It also makes a fine nerve-gas. Still thirsty for a nice cold jug of Terrace municipal water?

Flouride is toxic. Ever read the label on toothpaste? DO NOT SWALLOW.

If you were truly concerned about the health and well-being of the children, you would be PROMOTING flouride-free bottled water in schools.

The city has repatedley ignored this issue ....

Citizens of Terrace, are you aware that back in 2003 the Terrace City Council voted to DELAY the vote on water flouridation. Counciller David Hull said "it's just not a good use of city money". 8 years later and we still have no vote. Population control? Naahh, never. Just keep drinking the water and everything will be fine.

Are you still wondering why the Terrace Mayoral candidates are drinking bottled water?


“Repeated doses of infinitesimal amounts of fluoride will in time reduce an individual's power to resist domination by slowly poisoning and narcotising a certain area of the brain, and will thus make him submissive to the will of those who wish to govern him.” - Mr. Harley Rivers Dickinson

"I say this in all earnestness and sincerity of a scientist who has spent nearly 20 years research into the chemistry, bio-chemistry, physiology and pathology of fluorine: any person who drinks artificially fluorinated water for a period of one year or more will never again be the same person, mentally or physically." - Charles Perkins
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Comment by Kasia Kistowska on 11th November 2011
I am very happy to see the involvement of the community and the amount of youth at the debate. I command the candidates for being present and the Standard along with the Chamber of Commerce for holding this event. I am not sure who to direct this comment to. I am not aware of the responsible body that provided the plastic water bottles on the candidate tables. Nonetheless, this was a backwards action on their part. I command Chris Gee for being the only non- hypocritical candidate who spoke of the environment, and had brought his own reusable canteen. Jugs of water and glasses are to be provided. How can we make Terrace a leading community when such simple steps were ignored. This is all for the betterment of our future lives, for our grandchildren, to set an example. It is only my hope that Terrace can finally move towards what other communities have already established all over Canada, such as functional recycling programs, recycling depots where recycled furniture can be bought for example. It can start with simple, conscious actions such as banning water bottles. I am aware of schools in Canada that have banned plastic water bottles, it is time for Terrace to promote and make such decisions as well.
Democratic Process
Comment by R1chard Jenn1ss on 9th November 2011

In Response to Martindale answer:

When the City had 300, 200 or even 90 thousand the very first step, in my opinion, is to debate that the funds be made to be publicly available in the first place.

This is very similar to an RFP.

Second stage: You then ask the public, by requesting input - an ad in the paper works great. I see this all the time in all levels of government.
What do the masses want?
Given the fact Shames shares sold 850 or so at the time between 3 communities - I'm not convinced this is a favorable portion of the voting populous.
If this jewel is so great why is funding a problem?

James had the best most involved answers of the evening. He named specifics, he named numbers and the willingness to resolve these problems. THAT is democracy.


Once the public has put their input then the options at the table can be debated.

Once the leading publicly favored item is chosen then the funds can be appropriated.

You do not need a referendum for this - this shows that you're removed from the equation and democratic process is pursued.
Comment by ed on 9th November 2011
can't watch it for some reason.

I had this issue raised by another reader. The files are in a windows movie video program .wmv

Maybe we will upload them to youtube or Vimeo.

Thanks for pointing this out.
Vote Jennifer Lewis!
Comment by Jennifer Lewis on 9th November 2011
Sorry you did not like my presentation the response I have had has been overwhelming positive.

Everyone knows the economy in the NW is in a tough state. Leading a city at any time is a challenging task and it does not need to me made more difficult by being burdened with the status quo and out dated ideas.

I am one of the most positive people you will ever meet and Terrace is my home and I will work so hard, positively and most importantly productively to ensure everything possible is done to ensure a strong, positive, sustainable future.

I encourage everyone who has the courage of my conviction to vote Jennifer Lewis for Mayor.
Just good?
Comment by PROUD of Terrace on 9th November 2011
Sorry Jennifer, but Terrace, my HOMETOWN, where I was born and raised, IS GREAT already. That was one of the most negative speeches I've ever heard. Making Terrace sound like there is no hope without you as Mayor is probably not the best stratedgy.

Thank you Merv for running these, I could not make it and am very happy to have had the chance to view all of the candidates.
Comment by dawna on 9th November 2011
Thankyou Merv for taking the time to do this...I was unable to attend last night and really appreciate having the opportunity to listen to the candidates....
Thanks Merv
Comment by Stuart H. on 9th November 2011
Fantastic job getting these video's uploaded. The flu is going around so I'm sure many people didn't get to go because of it.

I hear your frustration with the upload speeds.
We get 13.25 mb/s downloads here and only .76 upload. It takes me hours to upload a large site to a server.
I was sick in bed...
Comment by Maggie Jo on 9th November 2011
I have been quite ill lately, but at least I got to watch some of the forum on TV last night in between zoning in/out.

Thanks for that.
Thanks Merv
Comment by Dr. Bruce Bidgood on 9th November 2011
Thank you again Merv for spending the time to do this so that those who could not attend the All Candidates Forum could still see the presentations. An invalubable service for the residents of Terrace.