Two sides to the story

As I’m sure you know, we’ve got an election coming up. You can’t walk anywhere in the city right now without stumbling upon a “Re-elect Katz” or “Judy for Mayor” sign. I always find elections kind of exciting and simply can’t fathom people who don’t vote. I love the lame excuses they use too:

1. Well I don’t know enough about the issues!
Then LEARN about them. You are a member of this great democracy we call Canada, where you as a free citizen have the right to choose who governs you. It isn’t your privilege to vote, it’s your DUTY. Ignorance is a feeble and weak excuse.

2. Well I just don’t care.
Then you’re exactly what’s wrong with the world. While you’re living in your self-centered universe, there are passionate, talented people putting their hearts and souls into making the world a better place to live–including your own city. Start caring.

3. I don’t like any of the candidates.
OK, sure. Sometimes it can be hard to know who to cast that vote for even when you have taken the time to find out the facts. But that still doesn’t mean you are exempt from voting. While I haven’t decided who I will be voting for  (and I won’t tell, so don’t ask), I’ve decided to focus on a subject that is important to me and decide whose answers I like best on that topic.

With that in mind, I will definitely be attending the Mayoral Candidates Forum on Downtown this week. Taking place at the Manitoba Hydro building on Portage Avenue this Thursday, October 7 from 5:30-7:30.

Topics include:

Let’s talk downtown safety: what will work?
Events are awesome, but street closures are pricey—will the city support event street closures like it used to?
Fix up downtown infrastructure—show us the money for sidewalks, streets, garbage cans and more!
To bus or not to bus: what about rapid transit?

The discussion will be moderated by Richard Cloutier of CJOB and Dan Lett from the Winnipeg Free Press. (Oh and there’s free coffee, so you really have no excuse now.)

Go out and vote. Please.

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