EDITORIAL: Turning the page on a new year

A new year brings a fresh start for everyone, even politicians.

Apparently Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is looking for better times ahead as he has already filed his papers for this year’s municipal elections. Now there’s a guy who obviously believes that the turning of the calendar constitutes a fresh start for everybody.

Who knows when it comes to the beleaguered mayor of Canada’s largest city? Many would have wagered he would not have lasted this long so all bets are off.

Luckily that circus carries on daily thousands of miles away but we in the North Okanagan also will go to the polls to elect municipal representatives this year. The most accountable, most reachable, many would say, the most important level of government (not to mention lowest paid with no retirement benefits) will be decided by North Okanagan residents come November.

Although the Toronto mayor jumped the gun, as usual, to grab the spotlight this week, those who guide us municipally will soon have to make a decision on whether to continue to serve their constituents to the best of their ability or make room for some fresh faces.

We’re sure the lobbying for people to jump into the limelight that is civic politics has already begun in coffee shops and living rooms throughout the valley and we encourage all to participate in the democratic process that will help write the chapter called 2014 for the North Okanagan. However, unlike Ford, do your homework, take your time and consider all the factors involved in contributing to your community. And Happy New Year.


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