Below are some of the issues and positions I will take over the next four years. If there is something I have not addressed that concerns you please contact me.
Election 2013 Vote for Dean Ward X
Heading into the final week of the election every candidate should provide the taxpayers the opportunity to see where they stand on the issues important to the community
Below is my platform for 2013-2017 if you have a concern that I have not addressed please contact me at 563-4128 or
Seniors: I fully understand that seniors are the backbone of this community, the people that worked hard for many years, paid their taxes, raised their families and made this community what it is today.
Recognizing this, a number of years back council passed a motion to put $100,000 a year aside for future upgrades of the York Creek Lodge, this year council choose not to do that, they took that money to balance their books. For the next four years, I will support this important commitment to our seniors. Suddenly the Mayor talks about doing “more” for our seniors at the Mayor’s forum.
Town Rounder: This is a very important service for our seniors, I will commit to supporting, maintaining and if the dollars can be found expanding this service.
Recreation: I understand the importance of recreation, for six years I strongly supported the ski hill, and the creation and implementation of the walking trail program that many of us now enjoy. We must look at enhancing the present recreation programs we have and where possible find and develop new initiatives.
Taxes: We have been told that our taxes have increased very little over the last few years that sounds good until we find out that an additional $400,000 a year is being taken out of our pockets in the form of Franchise Fees. I will not vote for a tax, franchise fee, or any other municipal tax grab that exceeds the Canadian cost of living.
Volunteers: We all know what as happened over the last three year’s, we must stop throwing volunteers out on the street. We must recognize the efforts of all volunteers who build so much of what we have in this community not just the present volunteers but also the past and the future.
Respect: We all need to respect each other more, that starts at the top, Mayor, Council and administration must lead by example. The days of calling taxpayer’s names in the municipal newsletter must come to an end.
Labor Relations: A recent study conducted jointly by the Municipality and our CUPE local indicates that morale is at an all time low we are now seeing the worse relationship ever between management and our employees. The new Council should direct the
to deal with this issue quickly and effectively, these are the people that
provide us with essential services that we all enjoy and need.
now as the largest administration it as ever had, this is not sustainable
without increasing taxes or cutting programs. The Crowsnest Pass CAO
is bringing to the next council an immediate request for an HR administrator
this position as not been
budgeted for in the 2014 budget. Next council must determine its priorities as
far as administration to reduce the costs involved. Yes that means finding the
dollars in the present administration budget for the much needed HR person,
administration cost will not increase.
Development: We must determine why developers are not building in the
Council should sit down with developers and builders and get their input as to
what the municipality can do to make the Crowsnest Pass a more attractive choice for new
Change: The number one issue that as been raised with me during my election campaign is “Change” the Crowsnest Pass will change, there is no doubt. As long as the vast majority of people feel that they have had “change” rammed down their throat they will not embrace it and become a part of it. Moving forward the public needs to be informed of change, the consequences of change and most importantly are provided the opportunity to be a part of change.
Choices: We all get to make a choice on Oct 21; I know people will think long and hard about the various candidates. Please remember one thing the provincial government made very clear during the Municipal Inspection that this community will have to live with the choices it makes for the next four years.
Annexation: As been handled terribly, all we have done is upset our neighbors; the Mayor stated at the forum that what upset Ranchlands was that one of the previous two councils from the Pass. Made a threat to dissolve the Pass and force Ranchlands to take us over. Well first of all I sat in several meeting with Ranchlands and I never heard that threat made, second of all that would be such a dumb threat nobody can dissolve the Crowsnest Pass except the Minister of Municipal Affairs, and like wise nobody but that same Minister can force a municipality to absorb another community. The reality is the Mayor and his actions upset our neighbors in typical desperate fashion he is looking for somebody to blame.
My name is Dean Ward, I am committed to working hard to make the
successful and maintain a community that we can all afford to live in. Crowsnest Pass
On Oct 21 Vote for Dean Ward