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A update from the mayor

According to the calendar it is supposed to be summer; however as I am writing this, it is difficult to imagine being warm.

The slower melt this spring was beneficial for our community but I think we are all ready for sustained sunshine.

In spite of the weather, there have been a number of great events and initiatives we’ve held and embarked on this year.

Canada Day was very well attended, giving everyone the opportunity to take in variety of activities and entertainment around town.

My sincere thanks go out to each person who made this the best July 1st ever.

The Community Bike Program has generated national and international interest and it is great to see it being utilized.

Spirit Square continues to transform our downtown, acting as a magnet for residents and tourists alike.

It has become a popular gathering place and the Summer Kicks concert series sponsored by the municipality brings vibrancy and animation to our downtown area.

It is entertainment not to be missed so bring a lawn chair and come on out.

The new Curb-Side Recycling Program was a dream of Aman Virk’s (our previous mayor) and it is great to see it come to fruition.

There is adjustment period that comes along with change; nevertheless, I hope that most of you are as pleased as I am about this new service.

Council recently engaged in a strategic policy session to plan for 2012, providing staff with direction on future work and our financial plan.

This lets the community know what we intend to accomplish so that we can be measured only for our stated goals, not more peripheral issues.

Although the federal election is behind us and an upcoming provincial election is only speculation at this point, we all head to the polls this November to vote for our local elected officials.

Some of you may be giving thought to getting involved in local government and the job of setting policy for this community over the next 3 years.

I encourage you to talk to me or to a councillor about what the job entails.

It is both humbling and rewarding, but also time consuming.

Being equipped with a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of being an elected official in local government is critical to ensure you can serve the community we