Jessie Hemphill

Jessie Hemphill

Port Hardy: Jessie Hemphill

I support programs — like water metering — that promote sustainability

  • Nov. 11, 2011 6:00 p.m.

1. Do you support the installation of water meters and if yes, who should pay for them?

2. Because Port Hardy has experienced a marked decline in population in recent years should we cut the number of councillors from six to four and why or why not?

3. More than 50 per cent of Port Hardy pool users are from outside the district yet we fund the entire operation. How can we recoup some of the costs?

4. Why should people vote for you?

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I. I support programs — like water metering — that promote sustainability, as long as we communicate about such programs and get community input on how they should be funded and implemented.

2. Council size would be a great topic for public debate. Our current council offers good community representation, but if it’s too expensive to have six councillors, an alternative might be to invite delegates from community groups.

3. If our current user fees aren’t enough to cover costs we could look for more funding from other government sources instead of charging people more. We should really focus on attracting more users by asking the community what they want from their pool.

4. I am Local with a capital L! I’ve lived in Port Hardy since I was a baby and am committed to this town. I have significant experience in leadership roles locally, regionally, and federally, through volunteering, serving on committees, speaking, and working as a community planner. I’m a quick learner and a good listener. I am pleased to represent youth, First Nations and women, groups often absent from the ballot. With a background in communications I can help improve dialogue between council and citizens which would support an informed, empowered community.