Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The evidence of today's wind and rain storm is everywhere. On Balmoral between the Oliver Road and Beverly, there are several downed power poles. It's forced the closure of that section idefinitely. At the height of the outage over the noon hour there were 10 thousand Thunder Bay Hydro customers without electricity.
Meanwhile, the official election results are in in Shuniah. 891 votes meant Maria Harding could keep her job as Mayor.
Lynn Peterson says she appreciates the time she's spent serving the community as an elected official and that it's been a real honour. The outgoing mayor is proud of the many projects that she has overseen. She says initiatives like the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, the waterfront development and the new courthouse are moving the city forward. Peterson says while she feels she ran a good campaign, clearly the community wanted some change. While she has no immediate plans, Peterson says she will stay involved in the community.
Paul Pugh showed a strong win in the McKellar Ward and says he's honoured voters have given him their trust. During his campaign he found the efforts of community groups in his ward encouraging and wants the city to do more to work with neighbourhood groups. Pugh says his next step is to do further research into the city's issues as he prepares to take his seat on council.
link.Thunder Bay is going to get a new mayor. Keith Hobbs pulled off an upset over incumbent Mayor Lynn Peterson. Around 200 people attended his celebration at the Da Vinci Centre. Hobbs says he's looking forward to working with administration and the rest of council. He notes there shouldn't be any hard feelings from the election campaign. In the At Large Race it's Ken Boshcoff, Larry Hebert, Iain Angus and Aldo Ruberto. Other winners, Trevor Giertuga , Andrew Foulds, Joe Virdiramo, Paul Pugh, Mark Bentz, Brian McKinnon and Linda Rydholm. Complete election results available at this
Most of Thunder Bay's at large councillors will be on the job for another term. Ian Angus, Larry Hebert, Rebecca Johnson, and Aldo Roberto appear to have won their seats back according to unofficial election results. Hebert says he's going to work towards making council more transparent. Meanwhile, Angus he's ready to tackle job creation. Former Thunder Bay Mayor Ken Boshcoff rounds out the at large council members. Boshcoff says he's happy to return to municipal politics. The new council and Mayor will be sworn in December 1st.