The art of the deal with “Spanky” Corkum

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By Mike Gorman

Tis the season for tall tales and stretched truths in the quaint and quiet town of Kentville. On the evening of September 19, the population gathered cramped and cosy in the St. James Anglican Church for a good old country throw down, in the form of a sedate candidates debate.

Somewhere between the third-dozenth refrain about how Kentville is “just the best” and also “the greatest,” themselves statements of questionable validity, May­or David “Spanky” Corkum took the floor to pontificate on power and influence (namely, his own).

“What will I do? With my connections with the premier of Nova Scotia, just re­cently, thanks to this council, saved this town $350,000. They wanted to bill us for ($225,000), and we managed to get them down to $85,000,” he proclaimed, referring to the cost of putting a new bridge over the Cornwallis River.

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Outrage with Kings County advertisement during the election campaign

Re: ad in the Chronicle Herald October 7, 2016 “How Kings County took a page out of the Ivany Report”. Councillor Jim Winsor has penned this message to the Warden and CAO strongly objecting to the apparent politicizing of council activity.

Hi Tom and Diana. Perhaps I should apologize first for sending this email through my Councillor email account rather than my personal account because in truth it is more of responding to political election matters than Council business…but it does cross over and tangle, unfortunately,  and it is costing our taxpayers unnecessarily. so I take my chances.

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KENTVILLE ELECTION 2016 – TIME TO GET INVOLVED

An excerpt from a blog posting Laura Churchill Duke speaks to the message Dave Corkum delivers in his threatening and misrepresentations delivered in his campaigning pitch at the candidates forum.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2dea0r4P8g

Laura is dead on the mark in her essay, take the time to read her detailed commentary.  Election 2016 – Time to Get Involved

http://valleyfamilyfun.ca/election-2016-time-to-get-involved/

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Kings County race stays on course despite testy relations between council, residents

You could say the municipal election campaign in Kings County got off to a nasty start.

Midway through the campaign, some citizens are angry over the actions of a council they say doesn’t represent them, while some on council say citizens have no respect for them.

Earlier this month a group of 40 citizens stormed out of a council meeting after council voted down a motion to discuss the municipality’s new administration building by one vote.

Councillor Jim Winsor wanted to talk about it and asked that it be put on the agenda.

“I received no reply though. When I saw it wasn’t on there, I then made the motion,” he told the Chronicle Herald.

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Letter

In preparation for the Kings County Council meeting on September 6th, in concert with other concerned citizens the is letter was was prepared for discussion at the meeting. Despite the major issues raised the concerns expressed were overlooked and no included in the meeting agenda. Like presentations were submitted  by Councillor Winsor and Councillor Muttart.

August 31, 2016

Dear Warden Brothers and Council

We, as citizens of Kings County, are increasingly concerned with the rush to get the new Municipal Building approved prior to the election this October.

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Rethinking our approach to local government