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VOTE SMART 2011: Anmore candidates

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FOR MAYOR

• Heather Anderson

Age: 45

Number of years living in Anmore: 42

Number of years on council: 15 as councillor, 18 months as mayor

Occupation: social studies teacher at Dr. Charles Best secondary school

Civic committees and community volunteer work: chair of the board of variance, environment, parks, emergency preparedness, protective services, youth and daycare committees; Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department trustee for 12 years; director on Anmore’s Youth and Community Non-Profit Society

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

From the more than 16 years of being on Anmore council, I have a strong understanding of the issues facing our village and how to move forward to create the community Anmore residents want in the future.

What do you believe are the major issues facing Anmore?

Development and financial sustainability are always important issues in Anmore. We also need to establish a composting program to divert green waste from our garbage to comply with Metro Vancouver’s regulation in 2012.

 

Mario Piamonte

Age: did not answer

Number of years living in Anmore: 11

Number of years on council: 3 as councillor

Occupation: council from 2008 to present; 30 years management in the federal public service (retired)

Civic committees and community volunteer work: co-chair of the emergency preparedness working group, community security, protective services, public works and transportation, and finance committees; co-chair of the middle school working group; member of the daycare working group; 10-year veteran on the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

One issue that has not been addressed by all candidates and one that I feel is extremely important is that of openness and transparency in government. I want to encourage citizen engagement in committees and council meetings, welcome questions and ideas from residents, ensure residents are not only heard but also listened to, and ensure everyone involved or affected gets all the facts and has a say.

What do you believe are the major issues facing Anmore?

Financial sustainability and accountability; environmental stewardship; managed development; bylaw review and enforcement; safety and security; and supporting volunteers.

 

FOR VILLAGE COUNCIL

Larry Barron

Age: 55

Number of years living in Anmore: 10

Occupation: lawyer

Civic committees and community volunteer work: Anmore board of variance

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

Governance is essentially the process of turning policy into law. The ability to apply my legal training to a study of Anmore council meeting minutes going back through 2004, which I did over the last two years, and knowledge of the municipal, provincial and federal laws which apply to the village of Anmore gives me a breadth of background not enjoyed by the other candidates. And my experience as a trial lawyer will be very useful in dealing with lawsuits facing the village.

What do you believe are the major issues facing Anmore?

Rescind the secrecy provision in the council procedure bylaw; revise the noise bylaw to allow for maximum $1,000 fines rather than the current $100 fines for off-hour construction noise caused by developers, contractors and large trucks; introduce a development permit process to allow the village to maintain tighter control over development in environmentally and aesthetically sensitive areas, particularly steep-slope construction zones; review and stabilize village finances by planning for the long term rather than lurching from emergency to emergency; and initiate a consultation process with villagers and senior government to investigate, plan and maximize funding sources for a new village hall and community centre.

 

Tracy Green

Age: 39

Number of years living in Anmore: 8

Occupation: business consultant (online marketing and advertising)

Civic committees and community volunteer work: co-chair of the Anmore advisory planning commission; member of the Anmore advisory planning commission; recreational services working group; youth and social standing committee; child care grant working group; Anmore community centre operations committee;member of the Anmore environment committee; past editor and contributor of Anmore Times

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

I am a dedicated volunteer in our community with the ability to work co-operatively and progressively with a variety of people on issues that are important to the residents of Anmore. I will work to address issues in a responsible and forward-moving manner with results that our whole village can be proud of.

What do you believe are the major issues facing Anmore?

The village of Anmore has some unique challenges because of its small size and semi-rural character. In particular, we have a small tax base and our council needs to work hard to ensure we are addressing a basic level of services within the village while taking care of long-term planning and infrastructure needs. Residents are wanting attention to environmental protection, fiscal accountability and community planning.

 

Timothy Laidler

Age: did not answer

Number of years living in Anmore: 16

Occupation: retired inspector, Vancouver Police Department

Civic committees and community volunteer work: Cops for Cancer; former Canadian coach for blind judo players; former BC National Coaching Certification Program chair and master course conductor

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

I am running for council to ensure the council meetings are held in a respectful manner that allow the mayor and council to function as a team. This should remove the offensive, antagonistic behaviour that some council members have displayed in the past.

What do you believe are the major issues facing Anmore?

Correcting the misinformation that has been provided to the residents of Anmore by a group that appears to have its own agenda. Once dealt with, Anmore Green Estates needs support in negotiating with Port Moody to deal with their issue regarding their septic system. The issue of the Ioco lands will be need to be resolved. The community plan is up for amending to ensure that Anmore retains its semi-rural setting.

 

• John McEwen

Age: 46

Number of years living in Anmore: 5

Number of years on council: 3

Occupation: business owner

Civic committees and community volunteer work: member of the finance committee, environment committee, chair of parks committee and recreation working group; Anmore’s representative for the Lower Mainland treaty negotiations

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

Knowledge, commitment and the pursuit for the common good of our village.

What do you believe are the major issues facing Anmore?

Responsible development retaining the rural atmosphere; fiscal management with such a limited tax base.

 

• Kerri Palmer Isaak

Age: 41

Number of years living in Anmore: 15

Number of years on council: 3

Occupation: councillor, realtor assistant

Civic committees and community volunteer work: environment committee: finance committee; Green Families working group; environment policy and procedure working group; daycare committee; parks committee; youth and social committee; Youth and Community Service Society; co- chair of the Anmore elementary school PAC

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

My experience on council, involvement on village committees and my passion for building community.

What do you believe are the major issues facing Anmore?

A functional, hard-working, committed, respectful council. We need to build a team to address issues like sustainability, the OCP, environmental concerns and maintaining a semi-rural character.

 

Steven Robb

Age: did not answer

Number of years living in Anmore: 16

Occupation: financial market

Civic committees and community volunteer work: involved with daughters’ sports for 15 years; executive committee with the Coquitlam Moody Ringette Association (referee in chief)

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

Listening to the residents; treating everyone equally and equitably on issues brought to council; being consistent when addressing issues and providing timely and transparent government to the residents of Anmore.

What do you believe are the major issues facing Anmore?

Transparency of government; addressing issues that have come before council in a timely manner; being consistent when dealing with residents within the community; treating all residents equally and equitably on issues; and planning for the growth that will come to our community over the coming years.

 

Elaine Willis

Age: 57

Number of years living in Anmore: 8

Occupation: teacher/advocate

Civic committees and community volunteer work: member of the environment committee; daycare working group; emergency preparedness committee; advisory planning commission; council remuneration committee; ArtsConnect; Mossom Creek hatchery; Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society. Tri-City Green Council

What makes you stand out from other candidates?

I am able to listen to all points of view, synthesize information, collaborate effectively, advocate for individuals and groups, work positively as part of a team and maintain positive relationships across political, municipal and business boundaries. I am a tireless worker, a skilled negotiator and can maintain optimism in the face of adversity.

What do you believe are the major issues facing Anmore?

Sustainable development, bylaw enforcement, financial accountability, transparent leadership, planning.

jwarren@tricitynews.com

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