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It's time for Cochrane to vote or cut bait

Being third is not all that bad, but first or second is better. And Cochrane is presently in third place out of 218 towns across Canada competing for the honour of being the Ultimate Fishing Town in Canada.

Being third is not all that bad, but first or second is better.

And Cochrane is presently in third place out of 218 towns across Canada competing for the honour of being the Ultimate Fishing Town in Canada.

We are first in our region but The Pas, Man., is a close second and we simply can’t have that.

I realize there’s great fishing in northern Manitoba but it doesn’t have a Bow River and it doesn’t have a Jake Gotta.

Jake of course handles much of the distribution here at the mighty Cochrane Eagle, but more importantly to him and us, he’s a great fisherman.

So if nothing else we should win this thing for Jake.

This whole thing is decided by votes and you can get more information and also how to vote by visiting worldfishingnetwork.com/uft/home.php.

The top prize is $25,000 and another $25,000 will be split between three regional winners and four affiliate towns so there are a quite a few bucks for a good cause if you vote.

Dave Levisky is an avid fly fisherman and is looking after the local efforts so you can also email him, at dlevisky@shaw.ca and offer to help.

Dave and his group plan to donate any winnings to the Mitford Pond project and now it’s up to us to make sure there are some winnings for us.

I love the headline earlier this week in the Calgary Herald.

It said, “Senators go back to work”.

Let me quickly assure you it was not talking about the hockey Senators but the Senators of politics.

Back to work? Work?

The Senate is the only body of politicians where their expense accounts make more news than any of their decisions.

I love elections.

Especially election campaigns and this year’s civic election certainly has an early start.

This is April and already candidates are announcing they’re going to run.

Great stuff and a great indication that the dog days of summer won’t be quite so dogged this year.

When Mayor Truper McBride announced he would not seek re-election the ground rules changed.

It’s always an interesting and new dynamic when an incumbent decides not to run again and we face the same intrigue with council.

Will all incumbents on council run again?

Not a chance, because councillor Ivan Davies is building a house outside town limits so by not residing in town he can’t serve as town councillor.

Will any existing councillors run for mayor? That wouldn’t be a surprise.

Other than councillor Jeff Toews who has said he’ll run again, none of the other councillors have made their intentions official yet.

I would guess the biggest election issue will be the transit question.

Or is it too late? Has that decision been made?

If so, how obligated is the new mayor and council to honour the decision of the present council?

Keep in mind if the federal government can cancel a contract for fighter aircraft simply by changing governing parties could Cochrane cancel a bus?

Which all bodes well for an interesting election, which is always more fun.




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