Courtenay councillor Bob Wells announces mayoralty intentions

With the encouragement of family and friends it is with great excitement that I am announcing my candidacy for mayor of Courtenay in the 2018 election.

People have asked me “With such a busy family life, why are you running for mayor?”

My answer is simple. I am running because of my family. My council experience over the past four years, along with decades of business, social, environmental and board experience makes me the best candidate.

With a $110 million water project and more than a $100 million required in other areas to keep up with aging infrastructure and growth, we need to ensure we are making the most informed decisions possible to reduce costs and maximize grants. Financial sustainability ensures that we have the capacity to support social, cultural, environmental, transportation and healthy initiatives that make Courtenay such a phenomenal place to live.

Nearly four years ago I was compelled to run for city council to ensure that Maple Pool residents were not evicted. I’m proud that we were able to avoid the evictions and that our most vulnerable citizens were not forced onto the streets. I worked to get stable funding for the Homelessness Coalition to allow it to target specific projects and make meaningful progress. I’ve been very effective at initiating policies and bylaws for positive change. Through council I was able to start an Urban Forest Strategy to make sure we are not just focusing on what trees to leave, but also where new ones should be planted. At the regional district level I helped create the Integrated Regional Transportation Select Committee. On the hospital board and city council I was successful in advocating for free parking at our new hospital.

As chair of the Water Committee for four years years I was immediately challenged with a 47-day boil water notice forcing us to move forward with a water filtration project. Safe drinking water is very serious and I’ve worked closely with all stakeholders including Island Health and K’ómoks First Nation to come up with a plan to move forward. I have traveled to Victoria and Ottawa to make sure we are considered first for grant funding.

I am committed to First Nations reconciliation and will continue to engage and consult with the K’ómoks First Nation because I believe in their inherent right to self government. We have a unique opportunity to support our neighbours as they work through the treaty process for their Nation. Since moving to Courtenay I have worked hard to improve the quality of life for all our citizens. I have volunteered for social, arts, economic and environmental causes and have been recognized as a proven leader and an effective change agent. I will continue to create positive change in our local community by actively supporting events for Kus-kus-sum, Dawn to Dawn, Startup Comox Valley, Island MusicFest, Rotary and many more. For more information go to votebobwells.ca or call Bob at 250-792-1945.

Just Posted

Injured humpback returns to waters off Comox a year later

Photographer spotted Ocular again and noticed the whale has been healing

Pacific Salmon Foundation contributes $42,000 to Comox Valley wild salmon restoration projects

The Pacific Salmon Foundation announced it is contributing more than $42,000 to… Continue reading

Multiple complaints filed to Town of Comox against accordion player

Comox received multiple complaints regarding accordion music in a freedom of information request

Comox Change the Debate event set for Wednesday night in Marina Park

Event in solidarity with others across Canada to demand a leaders’ debate on climate change on CBC

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sentenced to life in prison

Experts say he will likely wind up at the federal government’s Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado

Chinook retention begins on Vancouver Island, but amid new size limit

DFO calls measures ‘difficult but necessary’ following rockslide on Fraser River

Will you be celebrating national hotdog day with any of these crazy flavours?

The popularity of hotdogs spans generations, cultures

Former home of accused Penticton shooter vandalized

Ex-wife of man who is accused of murdering four people had her house vandalized

Survivor of near-drowning in B.C. lake viewing life through new eyes

“If I died that day, the baby wouldn’t know his dad,” said 31-year-old Mariano Santander-Melo.

‘Beyond the call’: Teen in police custody gets birthday surprise by B.C. Mountie

Unusual celebration started when Staff Sgt. Paul Vadik went to visit the teen in his Coquitlam cell

Thunderstorms forecast across B.C.

Environment Canada has issued a thunderstorm watch for B.C.’s central Interior

Driver who killed B.C. motorcyclist receives absolute discharge

Chase family speechless following decision by BC Review Board

Lower gas prices slow annual inflation rate to Bank of Canada’s 2% bull’s-eye

Prices showed strength in other areas — led by a 17.3 per cent increase in the cost of fresh vegetables

Most Read