Ralph McCall School hosts candidates for City Hall
On Oct. 10, students from Ralph McCall School hosted an all candidates forum for City aldermen hopefuls and they had some tough questions for the nominees.
Following a round of questions where all participants were given a chance to answer, candidates were randomly selected to answer a questions from Grade 5 to 8 students.
Incumbent Allan Hunter was asked if he would support an indoor skatepark specifically for younger children. He said he would support a separate time for young kids and a separate time for older kids at a skatepark but not necessarily a separate park for each age group.
Mohamed Benini was asked if he felt that the Genesis Place expansion was worthwhile for residents and he said he did, adding, “It is up to you to use it.”
Angela Pitt – one fourth of Team Airdrie United - was asked how she would help get more park space in the City. Pitt said she would work with developers to build in more green space in new developments.
Current Alderman Ron Chapman was asked how he proposes to bring 24-hour health care to Airdrie. Chapman explained that he would lobby the provincial government but would need the help of all residents to make their voice louder.
Rob Jamieson was asked what aldermen could do to help with the increasing number of students dealing with anxiety and depression in youth. He said he would promote awareness and programs like those offered through Community Links and encourage youth to talk to someone about the mental health issues they are facing.
Richard Douglas Herdman was asked what he would do to bring a wider variety of restaurants to the city. The candidate said he would look to Canada’s Food Guide because a better food guide would result in better restaurants.
Incumbent hopeful Fred Burley was asked what his plan would be to assist with more affordable housing when interest rates dictate housing prices. He spoke of the City’s current plan to build a new multi-use building with 24 units set aside for affordable housing.
When asked if Team Airdrie United running as a team would create a monopoly on council, Mike De Bokx said the group is not running as a slate but as a team who would vote according to what they feel is best as individuals and not as a group.
Candice Kolson was asked how effective she felt the new anti-bullying bylaw would be and she said the key is to make sure people are aware of the bylaw and know it is perfectly OK to stand up to bullying and enforce the bylaw.
When asked at what point in the term he would provide the things he promised in his platform and if he thought the new four-year term was a benefit, current Alderman Kevin Hughes said he would keep expectations and promises real and felt the extra year in a term is a major help.
Jane Anderson was asked how she would lobby for money when the provincial government is already in debt. She said it is good to know and work with people at the provincial level and that Airdrie’s voice is growing louder but may need to yell to be heard.
Kelly Hegg was asked what his plans were for youth programming and he said he would like to hear directly from the youth about their ideas. He encouraged them to come to council and share their voice.
The winners in the Ralph McCall vote were not release as of press time