If you have a problem with snow removal, bus service or another municipal issue, you’re likely better off contacting your councillor directly rather than posting about it on social media.
That’s according to two outgoing councillors.
Neither Lorelei Nicoll and Bill Karsten reoffered in this year’s municipal election and both joined NEWS 95.7’s The Rick Howe Show Monday morning.
“I believe social media is great for a councillor to use, or for anyone to share information regarding events, regarding things coming up, but I’m not a problem solver on social media,” said Karsten, the outgoing councillor for Dartmouth South-Eastern Passage.
Nicoll agrees. She said turn to social media if you want to vent or express an opinion, but if you actually need help with a problem, you’re more likely to get results if you send an email or pick up the phone.
The outgoing councillor for Cole Harbour-Westphal said her cell was always within reach and she responded to every question or comment that came to her.
“Some of the questions we’re asked are very quick to respond to, you can resolve them pretty quickly. Some of them require days, they could even require weeks before you have staff look into them. They’re not all automatic responses but a lot of them can be taken care of quickly,” she said.
Karsten said there are several separate community Facebook groups in his district and he simply wasn’t able to monitor the posts on each one, but those who contacted him directly always received a reply.
“I don’t know if there’s been any more than 10 emails that I’ve not responded to within 24 hours,” he said.
“If you want to get re-elected new councillors, that’s my tidbit of advice, respond. Even in the answer is ‘no, we can’t do that’ or ‘that’s a different level of government,’ get back to people.”
Nicoll added she hopes the new councillors know they just signed up for a 24/7 job.
“Your day is pretty much taken up by the work required responding to the residents and going to meetings and all that,” she said.
“It’s not just showing up on Tuesdays.”
Contact information for each councillor can be found online, however the emails and phone numbers for the newly elected haven’t yet been added.
Halifax’s new regional council will be officially sworn in on Thursday evening.
Right in the centre – Many in the media have failed us – myWestman.ca
- Published on Friday, November 27, 2020
By Ken Waddell
Neepawa Banner & Press
After nine grinding months of daily death count statistics, there are some media types coming to some realizations. Among those realizations, the most tragic one is that the efforts of governments across Canada and around the world are not working to control C-19. After all the lockdowns and fond hopes of bending the curve, few places in the world are winning the battle. The larger the centre and the more closely packed the population, the more people are dying. The sad fact appears to be that we are not winning the battle.
That said, the overall death rates are not as high as some predicted (yet) and the overall annual death rate may not be as high as we were told to fear.
The constant stream of numbers about deaths, hospitalizations, ICU cases and recoveries is only part of the story.
And this is where the media have failed. Instead of constantly barking at governments about who has done what and who failed to do that, the media, with all their resources, all their abilities to investigate solutions, has failed miserably. Newspapers, TV stations, web sites and radio have all hammered endlessly at spewing out the stats fed to them by the government. The daily death count has become a morbid benchmark for the media who simply pass on the stats assuming they have somehow done their job. They haven’t. Many media types will protest and have protested, that it is not their job to come up with the solutions. But it is their job to identify the possible solutions and shed light on them. In a time of danger, when there is little to lose by exploring ideas, media should have pulled out all the stops to show us there is hope and there may be a solution to C-19 some day.
Many people are hoping for a vaccine and that seems like a good idea. However, there are many who don’t want a vaccine, pointing to how sick one can become after getting the flu vaccine shot. Personally, I have heard from many who have been quite ill after getting the flu shot.
But it’s more than those things that the media have missed. It’s the possible solutions that they have missed as well.
For example, some possible solutions that I have found or been told about are as follows. A local doctor says that the use of nebulizers has been used for asthma sufferers and for treating viruses for years. They reportedly use properly and highly diluted Hydrogen Peroxide and a saline solution. The resulting solution is nebulized and it is an already approved method for asthma.
Then, just last week a man named Grant Rigby from Killarney notified us and said he has seen research that shows that virus-infected droplets of moisture spread farther and faster in dry air. It seems that maintaining 40 to 60 per cent humidity would be a good idea and he calls for building code and building operation recommendations be put in place. I bet that nobody has checked air quality or humidity in a seniors’ home in a coon’s age. Even if they did, does anyone know the optimum level? I bet that spaces, especially those heated with gas furnaces, are way drier than 60 per cent humidity.
There are countless studies that show administering Zinc and/or Vitamin D makes a huge difference in fighting off virus infections. What are the nutrition standards for hospitals and care homes? Are media looking at that? No, they are too busy bashing meat and milk in our diets to have time to actually look at real nutrition. Why isn’t the mainstream media promoting these things? Why isn’t the CBC using the $2.5 million a day the taxpayers send them to research some solutions? Oh right, I forget, they are too busy criticizing government and health officials and promoting every crack-pot society-changing theory that comes out of the social studies classes at universities.
For sure, governments have lagged behind all over the world on the C-19 deal, but the media has sure been behind as well. And the media will howl it’s not up to them to come up with solutions. They aren’t the elected officials. Think it through folks, we are all responsible to come up with solutions instead of just pressing our butts into the recliner and watching the daily death toll stats.
Media, politicians, civil servants, all of us, we have a duty to search and learn as opposed to just accepting the daily noise.
Disclaimer: The writer serves as a volunteer chair of the Manitoba Community Newspaper Association. The views expressed in this column are the writer’s personal views and are not to be taken as being the view of the MCNA board or Banner & Press staff.
Correction: In my column this week, I incorrectly said Hydrogen Peroxide could be used to treat asthma. What should have been said was that Pharmaceutical Grade Hydrogen Peroxide in a diluted saline solution had been used in private practises and clinics for a long time to combat bacterial and viral infections.
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New #HolidayPG social media campaign set to reward you for shopping local – CKPGToday.ca
Between Friday, November 27 and December 17, Chamber of Commerce elves will be out at local businesses, looking for local shoppers.
If your caught shopping local, you’ll receive a local gift card on the spot. For additional opportunities to be entered for weekly prizes, take a picture of yourself purchasing from a local business during the contest period, tag the Chamber and use the hashtag #HolidayPG.
Participants will be entered into a weekly draw for a $100 gift card to a local business.
“This is a great way for us to help smaller local businesses who may not have the budget for a big marketing campaign to have something,” says CEO, of the PG Chamber of Commerce Todd Corrigall.
All social media entries are eligible for the weekly draw, held every Friday afternoon from November 27th to December 17th, with the final draw on the 18th being a mega prize couples event for New Years Eve.
In addition, every Chamber member business that supports this marketing campaign will be entered into a final draw for an identical New Years Eve package
For more information about the #HolidayPG campaign visit the Prince George Chamber of Commerce on social media or its website at www.pgchamber.bc.ca.
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