Greenstone Candidates List
If you live in Nakina, the upcoming fall Municipal Election will probably be about as exciting as toast, unless things change. Voters in each ward get to vote for mayor, their own ward councillor(s), and their applicable B of Education members. No one has come forward to oppose (inc.) Mayor Ron Beaulieu as of yet, nor has anyone challenged (inc) Nakina Ward Councillor Jay Daiter.
A week and a bit after the actual day, Nakina can sit back and say to ourselves, well, we did it again! Threatening weather, and eventually some light rains, did absolutely nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of all participants and an army of volunteers….Nakina DOES love Canada Day! And that’s why people continue to come from all over Greenstone as well as former locals who return from other far away places. As the parade guy, we always have a couple entries I hadn’t planned on….always welcome…. and I try to thank everybody individually for taking part. If I missed you this year….”thank you!” So, here’s a tip of the “F/N” Canada ball cap to all who took part. See you again on July One 2015.
Voting And Stuff
With the provincial election now history, we have another vote coming up this fall….Greenstone and many other Canadian municipalities will be choosing new mayors and councils, most of them for a fouryear term. However, if you live in Nakina….unless things change….you won’t have much decision-making to do come voting day.
Commentary by Bob Rotz
Here’s an update for the municipal fall election candidate’s list. Suzanne Brabant as been added to the Rural West Councillor names, joining incumbent Ron Melhuish in that ward. Also, two names to be added to the Board of Education list; Madeleine Owca for French Catholic and Sharon Arsenault for English Catholic. We’ll catch you up with a complete list of all candidates in a couple weeks.
Rotz’s Southern Tour… .Update
It’s Friday May 23rd as I write this week’s column, coming to you from Newmarket, where our middle son resides with his wife and our grandson….it’s Day Two of our stay here. Now, Newmarket is not to be confused with Newcastle, where Miz. Jo and yours truly have just spent the past three days with our youngest son, his wife and three other grandchildren, as well as some long-tyme friends.
Timing And Stuff
With regard to “From Nakina” deadlines and Rotz’s Southern Tour imminent, this is actually being written Monday May 12th, though it won’t hit the news stands until Wed May 21st. So, some of this is going to be ‘old news’ when you read it and Miz Jo and I will be half way through The Tour. Still lots to do before we pack, load and hit the road in good tyme Wed AM. and numerous items have yet to be scratched off the list. Or I should say LISTS! Hey, we’re getting there.
COMMENTARY BY BOB ROTZ
The LandMark Restaurant….
….opened it’s doors on the weekend at The Station in Nakina! Finally after seven months we have an eatery up here at the end of #584! Stopped by last week and John and staff were hard at work getting things ready to go, and with the Hydro One maintenance crew rolling into town, and Walleye Opening Sat May 17th (if the ice is out !) the timing is just about right. They’ll be open SEVEN days a week….Mon-Thurs 6:00AM to 8:00 PM….Fri-Sat 6:00AM to 9:00PM….Sundays 8:00AM to 8:00PM.
What A Week!
Especially if you’re from up here in the bush and even remotely interested in the Ring Of Fire….which “From Nakina certainly is! Mon April 28th MNDM Mike Gravelle announced the provincial Liberals were making One Billion Dollars available for RoF transportation corridor infrastructure, while encouraging the Harper feds to do the same thing. This was a BIG part of the new Liberal budget that was tabled Thursday May 1st.
The Log Jam….
….that has all but choked off implementation of the mega Ring Of Fire mining project should disappear pretty much completely this week following MPP MNDM Michael Gravelle’s announcement on Monday. A VERY ‘good news item’ that a lot of people have been waiting for a long tyme to hear. The Ontario Gov’t is committing $ ONE BILLION ‘Infrastructure Dollars’, needed to build the (north/south) transportation corridor to access the mines. Gravelle spoke from his home riding of T. Bay/Superior North, calling on the Harper Feds to match that amount.
MPP MNDM Michael Gravelle….
….was in town Monday to make the following announcement. However, because of deadlines, timing, etc. “From Nakina” was handed a ‘scoop’ of sorts, so here it is. The Ont Government is funding Geraldton District Hospital’s ‘re-development and re-location of their Emergency Department’, to the tune of some $9 Million Dollars! It comes from Deb Matthews at the Ministry of Health and is the culmination of almost seven years of some pretty intense lobbying…. it also ties in nicely with current and future infrastructure needs for the area. I expect GDH CEO Kurt Pristanski is sporting the biggest smile of all throughout the vast municipality this week.