Bike to work week did not quite turn out as Andrew Budreski had expected. When the 29-year-old project manager returned from a meetup with friends last Wednesday night, he was in for a nasty surprise. His brand new mountain bike was stolen from his car, which was parked at West 7th Ave. and Pine St. Continue reading →
Bill Clarke. Photo: courtesy of BC Conservative Party
*** updated with Elections BC reply***
As the BC provincial elections are only a day away, one of Quilchena’s candidates will go to bed tonight with a form of not-so-mild chagrin.
Dear readers, I am currently traveling in Europe, but I received an email in my inbox I wanted to share with you. I already mentioned in my profile of BC Conservative candidate Bill Clarke that he and his team were planning legal actions against Elections BC, as a clerical error resulted in Clarke’s name to appear on the ballot.
It looks like their fight was tilting at windmills. Don Main, communications manager of Elections BC, confirmed:
“The BC Conservative party did not include Bill Clarke’s name on the List of Candidate Endorsements submitted to Elections BC by the close of nominations. His name will be on the ballot with no party affiliation.”
Below is a reproduction of the letter by Rick Peterson, campaign manager, about his view on the situation.
Meanwhile, I wish all Quilchena residents and candidates a fair and well-attended election day.
Meeting Andrew Wilkinson can be intimidating. The BC Liberals candidate for Vancouver-Quilchena is a tall man in his early fifties, looking like a self-confident leader in spite of his boyish freckles. Moreover, Wilkinson is a political heavyweight, a former deputy minister and party president. Oh, and did I mention he is also a medical doctor and a lawyer?
On the podium, Wilkinson is a polite gentleman and eloquent speaker. And he is competitive.
Bill Clarke reads the newspaper shortly before the all-candidates debate at Magee Secondary on April 30, 2013. Photo: Katja De Bock
When I enter Magee Secondary School on Tuesday morning, half an hour before the all-candidates debate starts, the theatre is still nearly empty. Bill Clarke is sitting on the stage by himself, reading a newspaper article about Monday’s party leaders’ television debate.
When I ask him for an impromptu interview, he agrees friendly and relaxed, and we get right at it. Continue reading →