Area A Director hopefuls answer our final question of the week

Columbia Shuswap Regional District (Area A): Director Candidates - Answering our final question of the week

  • Nov. 13, 2014 8:00 p.m.

Candidates for Area A Director, if you could accomplish, change or improve only one thing in your four-year term, what would you like it to be?

Karen Cathcart

Area A residents have identified many priorities, however, since I was asked to select one to improve/change in my 4 year term, it would be to provide high speed internet access for our residents.  Over the past month, residents and business owners have identified affordable, consistent internet access as a major priority.   This initiative is crucial for quality of life and economic development for attracting businesses.

Approximately 2 years ago, the Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation, (CBBC) was formed by Columbia Basin Trust.  The mandate of this company is to improve connectivity within the basin, specifically the rural areas.  CBBC is working with the Municipality to move this initiative forward and they want to work with the local ISP’s (internet service providers) and encourage them to build the infrastructure.  The portion of fibre between Radium and Golden is owned by Shaw.  More negotiation needs to happen with the stakeholders.  There has been tremendous work done to date including a tower in Parson owned by Parson TV Society, and in Harrogate through the Improvement Society.  We have the talent, the resources and the funding to make this happen.  I will make this a priority when elected Area A Director and get the parties to the table and get this done.

Garry Habart

What I would like to see accomplished in the next four years are the economical developments completed and in production that we have in Area A. They are the two Silica mines, and crushing operations.

When these operations are established and in production our area will have the benefit of high paying jobs and opportunities for local contractors to have extra work. With more people having more disposable income this should help real-estate sales and perhaps have the opportunity to fill empty store spaces in Golden.

I have met with these business agents and owners and have offered to help them in any way possible in my role as regional director to get them established.

While it is difficult to pick one topic as the question asks, I look forward to many changes and improvements in Area A in the next four years.

Brian Spain

I do not have only one thing I want to accomplish, I have several goals.

1. High speed

2. Reopen aquatics center debate

3. Shared services discussion with the town that defends Area A’s interests

4. Reopen Golden Area Initiates

5. Find a way to permanently fund Kicking Horse Culture

6. Improve access to services so seniors can stay in their homes longer

I appreciate that these may seem to be lofty goals, but 4 years is a time-frame that opens up opportunities.  I don’t want to make the mistake of calling these promises; I can only do what the community directs me to do.  I can however promise that I will work hard for Area A.  I can promise that I will work in favour of Area A resident’s interests.  I love Golden and I want to do right by my home town.  I don’t yet have the political experience, I fully admit that, I have a lot to learn, I am young, energetic, passionate and promise to do my best to learn what is needed to get the job done.

I am Brian Spain and I would be honoured to be your Area A director