Elected local government officials from all over Canada have arrived in Prince George this week. Our job on Thursday and Friday will be to prepare the advocacy and workplans for the upcoming Annual General Meeting of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. That AGM takes place in Vancouver this summer.
One benefit of having these local leaders in our city is the opportunity to see our home through their eyes. Whether they hail from Tuktoyuktuk or Quebec City, Brampton or Thompson, they each bring a local government interest, and an engaged perspective.
After the first days in Prince George, here are some their observations, as found on various Social Media sites.
Halton Hills Councillor Clark Somerville addresses Prince George City Council
Winnipeg Councillor Jenny Gerbasi with Red Deer Councillor Paul Harris at FCM Board of Directors meeting in Prince George
The stunning look of Prince George’s Two Rivers Gallery caugh the eye of Saskatoon councillor Darren Hill
Construction at Prince George’s new RCMP building was also a feature of a tweet by Saskatoon councillor Darren Hill
Hallton Hills Regional Councillor Clark Somerville captured this lovely photo of Prince George City Hall.
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Our kids are growing up.
Hot Dog and Malteds, courtesy of my son
2012 was the year that our eldest child began holding down a morning job, delivering newspapers for the local daily, the Prince George Citizen.
In Northern BC, that is a significant undertaking. It means waking up at 6:15 a.m. before school , suiting up in temperatures as low as -20°C, then getting Mom or Dad (or both) to come along.
In the first weeks he wanted us with him to check for black bears along the route. My wife Sue only saw one directly in the cul-de-sac next to us, and that was from at least a block away.
So when the first paycheque was dropped off, there was a lot of excitement.
He immediately asked us to take him to the local shopping mall – he had something important to do, and he wanted his siblings there too. Continue reading
Mayor Gray in Cougars Jersey – screenshot of castanet.net site
Congratulations to all in Prince George for their contributions to the Canadian Blood Services Blood Drive. We beat Kelowna!
As a good sport, Kelowna Mayor Walter Grey is seen on castanet.net wearing the Prince George Cougars Jersey. Click screenshot to see their site.
The last day dawned.
There was a lot to get done in the last morning. The morning’s agenda included a formal board meeting, presentation from the Minister, and getting through some serious policy work.
That said, by the end of a FCM advocacy work, the last thing you’re looking forward to is the dawn. You just want a few more hours of sleep.
Check-out was a breeze, and the only difference in my daily routine from the other days on this trip was that today I was pulling my suitcase behind me. Aside from developing extended networks of colleagues, the big value that has come out of these years of conferences and policy debate has been the moments when our work has led to positive policy change in Canada. The side effect of all this travel, however, Continue reading
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Garth Frizzell and Bob Long outside the Senate of Canada
Early meeting – the first meeting of FCM was for governance reps. By 7:15 the small conference room was full of 8 elected officials and 5 staff, reviewing current reports, and making suggestions for future ones. I enjoy opportunities to practice my French, but in some cases like this, the work we are doing uses such technical lanaguage that it is quickly beyond me. I spoke English throughout.
At 8:45 I ran down to the lobby to meet our FCM staff liaison, Marilyn. With her and Bob Long I walked to the Senate building on Wellington street. We arrived early and rendezvoused with Cameron Stolz, the fourth member of our party. Continue reading
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There is a spot in Ottawa near the National Arts Centre, where Elgin Street crosses Albert as it goes over the Mackenzie Bridge. It should be an inconsequential spot, an interesection in two busy streets. It is simply a place, and I’m going to walk right past that spot 10 or maybe 12 times in total as I go between my hotel and FCM meetings for the week I’m in Ottawa.
I didn’t pay attention, or even smile or connect the first times I walked by. It wasn’t until Monday night that I even noticed the music that had been playing every time I walked by. Continue reading
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6:30 am feels early when your internal clock says it’s still 3:30, but your body adjusts pretty quickly when you tell it to.
As the first day of the meetings began in Ottawa with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, I was lucky to be the first delegate to arrive. That was only because Don Downe, the Mayor of the District of Lunenburg, held the door open for me. Nancy Bepple is a Councillor from Kamloops, and she became the third member of our trio. We talked infrastructure, family, snow conditions and how to use Twitter effectively. As happens at every conference, Continue reading
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