EDITORIAL: Let’s get local on election issues

A community newspaper is deficient without an engaged electorate, so we’re asking you to help

In just over six weeks, about one fifth of eligible voters will likely head to the polls to elect their respective municipal councils for the next four years.

Abysmal turnout aside, the outcome will determine a lot. Local councils have a lot of authority that affect the everyday lives of citizens. Those aggravating roadworks affecting your morning commute? They were discussed three years ago at municipal hall and spurred on by a federal government infrastructure grant. The mega-project bulldozing your neighbours’ houses? You had your chance to raise a stink and oppose it last year, but you decided not to waste a sunny summer evening at a public hearing.

Saanich’s eight incumbent councillors and Mayor Frank Leonard will soon begin pushing hard on the campaign trail. They’ll be challenged by new faces who will equally need to justify why they deserve your vote and trust.

As the campaign gets underway, the News wants to hear from Saanichites about the issues that matter to you. Don’t slip into autopilot the next time you see a councillor handing out pamphlets. Instead, challenge them on the region’s botched secondary sewage treatment project, amalgamation, property tax rates, municipal spending, local climate change initiatives or anything else that makes you passionate about your hometown.

The editorial staff at the News pride ourselves on highlighting the many issues that bubble up at municipal hall by informing you of their potential consequences. We’re here to hold public representatives to account for their decisions.

But the role played by a community newspaper is deficient without an engaged electorate. So we’re asking you to help.

Think about the most pressing issues confronting Saanich, then write them down and send them to editor@saanichnews.com. We want to know what matters to you, so we can do our job and get the answers you need to make your vote count.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Conflict expert explains how to talk to people who aren’t social distancing

Approach the conversation with empathy says conflict expert

Saanich moves forward with summer camp registration despite COVID-19

District to give full refunds if camps are cancelled

COVID-19: Managing your mental health from isolation

Ministry of Mental Health, Addictions recommends numerous strategies for self-care during pandemic

Oak Bay deputy police chief and family cut Guatemala vacation short to return home

Belize border, punctured gas tank part of the adventure

‘Better days will return’: Queen Elizabeth delivers message amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Queen said crisis reminds her of her first address during World War II in 1940

Emergency aid portal opens Monday, cash could be in bank accounts by end of week: Trudeau

Emergency benefit will provide $2,000 a month for those who have lost their income due to COVID-19

Education, not enforcement: B.C. bylaw officers keeping a watch on physical distancing

A kind word, it turns out, has usually been all people need to hear

COVID-19: Hospitals remain safe for childbirth, say Vancouver Island care providers

North Island Hospital has been asked to share its perinatal COVID-19 response plan

Canadian cadets to mark 103rd anniversary of Vimy Ridge April 9 virtually

Idea of Captain Billie Sheridan in Williams Lake, B.C. who wondered what to do in times of COVID-19

B.C. VIEWS: Pandemic shows need for adequate care home staffing

Seniors in B.C. care homes face challenging times

QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Take this test and find out how well you know Canada’s most popular winter sport

Researchers look at humidity as a weapon in the fight against airborne viruses

Regular hand washing, physical distancing and PPE for health care workers remains best line of defense

Most Read