More a confluence of ideas than competition, eight candidates for city councillor seats shared their opinions on a wide breath of topics during a forum on Thursday.
The eight candidates able to attend the event on short notice were asked a handful of questions pertaining to their wards and the city at large.
“It’s not as much the quantity, but the quality that come, and I’m quite intrigued by everyone’s perspective,” Ward 3 incumbent Lee Atkinson said of forum attendance. “It’s good to hear from different areas of the city.”
“It’s great to see this kind of interest in our city,” Ward 6 candidate Martin Ring said.
“It’s going to do nothing but enhance our city for the future years, and create a great turnout for Oct. 24 when everybody makes their decision as to moving Prince Albert forward.”
The following are some of the items that stuck out as unique during the forum.
North of the river
“Most of the residents on the north side of the river don’t get the services that they feel as value for their tax dollars,” Ward 2 candidate Chad Mogg said.
“I think that we need to sit down and re-look at a tax formula for those residents.”
Fellow Ward 2 candidates Rick Orr and Colleen Whitedeer were in agreement over this statement, with Orr noting that residents want access to city test results for well contaminants.
Abandoned homes/empty lots
“Who owns these houses and leaves them abandoned like that? … It just makes it worse for everyone else there paying taxes,” Ward 1 candidate Jim Tsannie Sr. said.
“They should show a report to council that show’s they’re making every effort to change or do something — a plan.”
It’s going to do nothing but enhance our city for the future years, and create a great turnout for Oct. 24 when everybody makes their decision as to moving Prince Albert forward. - Ward 6 incumbent Martin Ring
“We should pursue an area of tax incentives to get people to build on those empty lots, to produce housing that is sorely needed in our city for affordable housing,” Ward 3 incumbent Lee Atkinson said.
“There’s absolutely no grocery stores ... From the downtown to the west flat, there’s absolutely nothing,” Ward 2 candidate Colleen Whitedeer said.
“We have to have more street fairs, we have to make it a happening place,” Ward 2 candidate Rick Orr said. “We need skating rinks like they have in downtown Saskatoon on the riverbank. The riverbank is underutilized. It’s a phenomenal resource and it’s sitting there unused.”
“We need to get a bigger police presence downtown and start cleaning up,” Ward 2 candidate Chad Mogg said. “We’ve got to get more options for them.”
Curfews for kids
Noting youngsters playing outside in the west flat area at all areas of the day and night, Ward 1 candidate Jim Tsannie Sr. said that he’d like to see a curfew implemented.
“I’m a strong supporter of developing a curfew for kids … At the same time, starting to work with parents … to find out why these kids are out at all hours.”
Read Saturday's edition of the Daily Herald for a greater rundown of the thoughts and ideas brought forth during the campaigns leading up to the Oct. 24 civic election.