Decide which office (mayor or councillor) for which you will seek nomination. Make sure you know what the job entails and the time commitment required. (See pages 10 and 11 of this document)
Ensure that you are a qualified elector (age, citizenship, residency, etc.) and that you are registered as an elector in the City of Whitehorse.
Ensure that you are not disqualified from holding office for any reason. The onus is on you to file a bona fide nomination paper.
Complete the nomination section of the nomination paper
Obtain name and address information and a signature from at least ten qualified electors on your nomination paper.
Complete the “Oath and Consent” portion of the nomination paper.
Complete the part of the nomination paper that requires disclosure of convictions within the past ten years for indictable offences under the Criminal Code for which you have not received a pardon.
If you sign your nomination paper before submitting it to the Returning Officer, ensure that your signature is duly notarized.
Check the City of Whitehorse website at http://www.whitehorse.ca or with staff at City Hall to ensure that you are aware of all key dates and deadlines.
File your nomination paper with the Returning Officer between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon on September 27th or by appointment between September 4th and 27th. Papers submitted after the noon deadline on the 27th will be rejected.
Clear your calendar to ensure that, if you ar eelected, you will be available to attend the initial legislative workshops and other sessions necessary to sign on as a member of council as detailed in the information provided for prospective candidates.
[*submit by Lewis Rifkind. Do you want to add to the conversation? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org]
Here are a few thoughts about how to improve Whitehorse. While the examples chosen are specific to the downtown area, aspects of it could be applied to any part. It is recognized that certain aspects have been discussed (the City Downtown Plan has some very exciting discussion about street closures) it would be nice to see some of them actually adopted.
Pedestrian Parking Space
Let street front restaurants and cafes rent from the City of Whitehorse from mid May to mid September vehicle parking spots. This could be done for a nominal fee to cover the lost parking meter revenue. The Cafe owners would install concrete barriers to protect the parking spot from vehicle traffic that can still use the road. Then, in the space where vehicles use to be able to park the Cafe owners could place tables, chairs, umbrellas etc. This converts the street vehicle parking spot into a pedestrian seating area.
Stopping Flow Through Traffic
Consideration should be given to turning more streets into cul-de-sacs.
The lack of flow through traffic ensures a quiet streetscape for residents. It can also serve as an informal recreation area for skateboarders, basketball players etc.
Certain intersections could even be diagonally blocked, thus vehicles could only turn left (or right, depending which way the diagonal block is placed). Cyclists and pedestrians would still be able to go straight through. They can be designed and sign-posted to permit emergency vehicles and service vehicles such as snow ploughs to also go straight through.
Conversion of Streets to Pedestrians Only
Complete closure of certain short sections of roads would also be nice. For example, portions of Third Avenue could be closed off and turned into plazas. The south side of the Third and Main intersection could be closed from the alleyway between Steel and Main to the actual Main Street roadway (the bit under the Skybridge connecting the Hougens Centre to Shoppers Drug Mart).
It would also create at least five more diagonal parking spots along Main Street, more if diagonal parking spots are created where Third now terminates by the alleyway. The closure would pedestrianize a central location, and provide room for multiple food vendor trucks.
Many streets in the downtown area could be converted to angle from parallel parking. Not only does this create more spots (typically four angle spots can go where two parallel spots previously existed), it also slows traffic down. Yes, the street has to be widened slightly but this is easily accomplished in certain areas. Look at Third Ave and Steele where the NWTel building is. There is a very wide sidewalk that has been asphalted. It would be a simple matter to convert half of the current sidewalk to accommodate angle parking.
Vehicle Noise Bylaw
The no idylling bylaw must be enforced. It’s time for audible emission standards and testing. Bylaw should have the authority to ticket cars with loud or non-working mufflers. It would also be nice to crack down on noisy diesel engines, although it is recognized that might be a Territorial or even a Federal responsibility.
Not only encourage businesses to put in bicycle racks (and decent ones, that can accommodate all sorts of bikes, including the fat tire ones)but also to put in enough of them.
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Decent bicycle rack that can accommodate different styles of bike – pic by LR
Overcrowded bicycle rack and the design might end up bending wheels – pic by LR