Ten people are running for Houston councillor in the elections November 15. Over 120 people came out to the All Candidates meeting to ask questions and hear candidate platforms.

Councillor candidates answer local questions

At the All Candidates meeting last Tuesday, councillors answered a variety of questions about health care, tourism, recreation and more.

Councillor candidates were asked a variety of questions from the crowd at the All Candidates meeting last Tuesday.

Below are some questions and answers from candidates running for a position as councillor for the next four years.

What does 24/7 health care mean and how will you accomplish this?

Tom Stringfellow: For years we’ve had a really difficult time opening the door to 24/7 health care. One thing I’ve looked into is a community para-medicine program, newly announced in 2014. It’s an agreement between the Province and Ambulance paramedics that’s going to roll out in the next five years. There’s 80 new paramedic jobs provincially and a $50,000 fund for rural and remote areas. Community paramedics can perform routine treatments in your own home as opposed to being carried off to Smithers or Burns Lake. The intent of the program is to fill service gaps, not replace existing services. We should pursue it with the Provincial Government and get ourselves at the top of the list for one of these positions.

What more can Houston do to help promote tourism?

Jonathan Van Barneveld: I’m a director on the Houston Hikers Society, which manages most of the hiking trails and the development of the mountain bike trails on Mount Harry Davis. Houston is an untapped gem, and when you put it on paper, we actually have more to do here then Smithers, but it seems that Smithers has been really good at marketing themselves. When it comes to tourism we need to show the aspects that we do have. Houston has just developed a very professional tourism guide and I think we can go endless places with that. As well as promoting ourselves, we also need to work regionally with tourism. It’s about cooperation, about showing the north and showing who we are.

What will you do to help projects for youth, such as the BMX track, be successful?

Tim Anderson: In a community like Houston, if you were to ask people to give, I think they would give. It just takes a few people and a few pieces of equipment to improve projects like the BMX track or buildings or parks. I would look for people willing to give their time and effort to help upgrade facilities.

What are specific ways to care for seniors and youth?

John Siebenga: We can start with 24/7 health care. I’m also interested in ideas about making our streets more age-friendly. For youth, we have some really good things going in this District, and it’s about promoting those things and making them more accessible to the youth.

Tim Anderson: I’m totally on board with making our streets more accessible to seniors. It’s hard for people with disabilities and the elderly get around town and access businesses. I want to make streets and businesses more accessible.

Has there been any attempt to improve air quality in the valley? It doesn’t appear to have improved since the beehive burners shut down.

Jonathan Van Barneveld: I’ve been on the Airshed Management Society for the Bulkley Valley. Since the beehive burners have shut down, market data is showing slow marked increases in air quality, but still we’re way above the levels we’re allowed by the Ministry of Health. A Bulkley Valley Airshed Management Plan was released last year and it focused on things like road dust. For Houston, we might think the wood smoke in the winter is our big thing, but in the spring, our air quality advisories are focused more on road dust. Every municipality needs to focus on timing for street sweeping, and we need to continue to support the wood stove exchange program.

 

 

Just Posted

Come help celebrate 60 years at Nadina

Romeo Gourdeau may never have imagined that what he began 60 years… Continue reading

Downtown beautification plan moves forward

Council chooses contractor to develop the plan

First Nation pipeline protesters erect ‘tiny homes’ in B.C. Park

Kanahus Manuel and Tiny House Warriors say more homes being constructed in park

Hazelton’s Vickers creates Grateful Dead album cover

“Unbelievable, inspiring, grounding, and very exciting,” Roy Henry Vickers says of experience

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Lake Ontario

Police say the 35-year-old’s death appears to be a ‘case of misadventure’

Air quality statement warns of smoky air for Kamloops area

Environment ministry says area on north side of Thompson River may be affected by wildfire smoke

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Russian protest group claimed responsibility after four people ran onto field in police uniforms

Fans party on Montreal streets after French World Cup win

To city is home to nearly 57,000 French nationals

B.C. VIEWS: Making private health care illegal again

Adrian Dix battles to maintain Cuba-style medical monopoly

Almost every part of Canada’s largest national park deteriorating: federal study

Drawing on decades of research — the report lists 50 pages of citations

Activists protest outside Kinder Morgan terminal in kayaks, canoes

Tsleil-Waututh elder Ta’ah Amy George led the water ceremony from a traditional Coast Salish canoe

Canadian soccer fans brace for World Cup final between France, Croatia

First ever final for the Croatians, while it’s France’s third, going into match as betting favourite

Most Read