Tackling the issues
All-candidates forum, Yellowknifer quiz for byelection candidates

Richard Gleeson
Northern News Services

NNSL (Sep 24/99) - "Speak that we may see thee," says the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce.

As is its custom, the chamber is doing its part to reveal contenders for municipal office. Municipal affairs committee chairman, John Williston, will be moderating a forum for contenders for the two vacant council seats at City Hall council chambers Oct. 4.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and opening statements by candidates start at 7:30. Following questioning by chamber representatives, candidates will field questions from the public.

The forum will be taped by Community Access TV for broadcast Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.

While the chamber is offering candidates a chance to speak their piece, Yellowknifer is asking for it in writing.

Following is a list of questions touching on the main issues the city is facing today.

Candidates are asked to respond to the following questions no later than Oct. 8. Responses to each question longer than 30 words will be pared down by the editors.

Answers will be published in a future edition.

  1. Should property taxes be reduced?
  2. What services or programs currently provided by the city should be cut or reduced?
  3. What area of services or programming should the city increase?
  4. Should the city build a twin- pad arena, a single arena or no arena?
  5. Should smoking be banned in restaurants, dining lounges and clubs such as the Racquet Club, Elks and Legion? If so, when?

Answers can be returned in person to the office of the Yellowknifer, e-mailed to editorial@nnsl.com or faxed (873-8507).

If faxed or e-mailed, include day time phone number for verification.