Candidate: Gary Smith, city council

Gary Smith is vying for a seat on Grand Forks city council.

Gary Smith

A vote for Gary Smith on Nov. 15 is a vote for experience and a vote for action.

As co-chair of the Economic Development Advisory Committee we have brought our community to the province. Through our branding, marketing and economic profile we have offered ourselves up as the “hidden gem” of B.C. And people are taking notice.

On this last Thursday I was in Kelowna to help present our community to nearly 150 developers, bankers and other business people at a luncheon hosted by Grand Forks to the Urban Development Institute. The day before that, our city presented at the Provincial Nominee Program, a provincial program aimed at featuring B.C. communities to foreign investors and business people looking to settle in our province.

Chairing the Deer Committee we have established a WildSafe BC education program to inform residents on the impacts of human behaviours on the deer population, we are working on improved signage, we are tagging and collaring a small number to better understand our resident herds, we have the referendum question on the ballot for citizens to decide if a cull should be considered an option, and I have the commitment from Minister Thomson for the establishment of a ministry-supported committee to aid all communities thus afflicted.

As co-chair of the Environment Committee I organized the collection of several hundred pounds of unwanted, obsolete, and unused pesticides for safe disposal, led the installation of several bat-houses to reduce reliance on pesticides for mosquito control, and can report that the city is well on its way to meeting its carbon-neutrality target well before 2030.

There has been much talk among candidate’s about what to do. I say I have been doing it and it is being done. Vote for the Doer on council. Vote Gary Smith. facebook/garysmithforcouncil.com. 250-443-1256.

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