As if the sacrifices made in the name freedom by those before us are not enough, there are many other valid, if not equal, reasons to make a mark this election.
On October 17, voters will go to the polls to elect municipal and town councillors, as well as mayors and wardens.
Around the Strait area, 64 candidates in seven municipalities have spent the past few weeks and months visiting voters, making phone calls, attending public events, talking about the issues they’re hearing about, and bringing their own ideas to the table.
Aside from a couple of municipalities, the level of involvement has been impressive with multiple candidates in each district, and most districts in each municipality up for grabs.
And that’s encouraging but not surprising given this region has historically been politically active, especially for municipal elections.
In addition to close races and multiple candidates, the Strait area has always boasted voter turn-out levels in the 80 per cent range, which is usually among the highest in the province.
While not surprising, the level of involvement in this election is encouraging given the world remains in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic which has made traditional campaigning a challenge.
Looking past the challenges, what should prove compelling for voters is that no other level of government hits closer to home than municipal government. These elected officials and municipal staffs take care of water and sewer services, collect property taxes, conduct waste collection, financially assist community halls and groups, augment health care services, and maintain recreation programs and infrastructure, among other important matters.
And most candidates are known to voters. Unlike federal, and even provincial candidates – who are sometimes more removed from those they represent – municipal candidates live, volunteer, work, and pay taxes in the community.
They are the people we see at the grocery store, the hockey game, or the community festival. They are the folks that know what’s going on in the community and who their neighbours are; they have friends, family, businesses or jobs, and are invested in the future of their community and municipal unit.
And if anyone out there considers themselves invested in the future of their community and municipality, then please vote!
Municipality of the County of Antigonish
District 2 (North Grant-Antigonish Harbour-Lakevale)
District 4 (Brierly Brook-Lower West River-Sylvan Valley)
District 9 (Linwood-Havre Boucher-Auld’s Cove)
Town of Antigonish
Candidates seeking 6 town council seats
Barbara McCarron Quirk
Municipality of the District of Guysborough
District 2 (Lincolnville, Sunnyville, Upper Big Tracadie)
Mary Germaine Desmond
District 3 (North Riverside, Boylston, Manchester, St. Francis Harbour, Melford and Pirate’s Cove
District 5 (Little Dover, Hazel Hill, Tickle, Fox Island)
District 6 (Lundy, Larry’s River, New Harbour, Tor Bay, Charlos Cove)
District 8 (Canso, Tickle)
Municipality of the County of Inverness
District 3 (Inverness area)
Gerald M. Poirier
District 4 (Whycocomagh area)
District 5 (Port Hood-Mabou area)
Betty Ann MacQuarrie
District 6 (Judique-Port Hastings)
Catherine L. Gillis
Mary Jess MacDonald
Town of Mulgrave
Town of Port Hawkesbury
Candidates for 4 town council seats
Municipality of the County of Richmond
District 1 (Petit de Grat-Arichat)
District 2 (West Arichat-D’Escousse)
District 3 (Louisdale, Evanston, Cleveland, Dundee)
District 4 (River Bourgeois-St. Peter’s)
District 5 (L’Ardoise-eastern Richmond County)