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District 11

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

15 questions with District 11 candidate Dawn E. Penney

“I am entering politics to change the game because a revised rule book is long over due.”

Posted By on Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 4:55 PM

Penney can be reached at votedawnpenney@gmail.com, or via Facebook and Twitter. - LENNY MULLINS
  • Penney can be reached at votedawnpenney@gmail.com, or via Facebook and Twitter.
  • LENNY MULLINS

The Coast sent all 53 candidates running in HRM’s municipal election the same 15-question survey in order to help their residents and our readers know a little more about who’s running for council. Here’s what Dawn E. Penney from Spryfield—Sambro Loop—Prospect Road sent back.

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Why should residents of your district vote for you?

My brothers and sisters in District 11 should vote for me because I am willing to collaborate, compromise and share ideas with others to implement compassionate and common sense solutions. These solutions will take what is good for people into consideration and what is good for the environment we inhabit into account. What is good for the deep pockets of a select few will be the last thing on my mind. I recognize that this will not be simple and there will often times be resistance but something worth having is often gained through struggle. I am not entering politics to play the game. I am entering politics to change the game because a revised rule book is long over due.

What’s something you wish people were talking about more this election?

I wish more were talking about the fact that we live in Nova Scotia, Canada. It’s 2016 and there are people in my district and throughout HRM that do not have access to safe drinking water in their own homes. This is unacceptable because access to clean water is a human right and no one should have to go through the mental, physical and economical downsides and stresses of unsafe water.

What’s the last thing you Googled?

Mileage rates.

What’s the most accurate criticism someone’s made about you?

I was told I am naive and with my age and optimism—I can understand this assumption. I can even admit that in ways it is (and always will be to some extent) true since no one can reach a universal enlightenment or absolute knowledge. After this questionnaire I have a long life full of judgements to make, experiences to live and knowledge to absorb, filter and discard when necessary. Though I would like to challenge this assertion with the idea that my 28 years on this earth hasn't been so sheltered and uneventful. My experience are valid and character building. I've hitch-hiked through four provinces (a few times) and one state. I've experienced six different countries on two continents. At 15, I ran away from NS due to my experience with ageism, bullying and was homeless for a short time in Ontario. I have been through so much more and when the time and place is right I'd love to share more intimate and intricate details of my life story with the public. No matter what comes my way be it adversity or blessings, I'm going to let it sculpt me into a better person whose goal in life is to help others through the political process.

What was the first concert you ever went to?

Sum 41 with Autopilot Off and H20 at the Halifax Forum in 2002.

What was the last movie you didn’t finish?
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

What pisses you off?

It pisses me off the some residents of Harrietsfield have not had access to safe water within their homes for longer than I have been alive!

What’s changed the most in your district since 2012?

I think the most visible change is development of land into suburban areas and it makes me wonder if I am living in the TV show Arrested Development.

What’s a specific moment in politics or your professional life that you really regret?

I regret becoming a card carrying Green Party member as a pre-voting age teenager because even if at the time I thought of them as the lessor of evils, I would come to understand later the problem lies in the party system itself. A politician should represent their people and not a party line.

What’s the last thing that made you really laugh?

I thought it was very Canadian and made me laugh to see "Please?" posted after "Vote Dawn Penney" on a sign. (Pictured on my twitter https://twitter.com/votedawnpenney)

What’s your go-to meal when cooking?

My go-to meal when cooking is spaghetti with the end of a box of fettuccine and what ever delicious sauce base and vegetables the food bank had on hand. My go-to meal when I luck out on a sale is coconut curry chicken with lentils or rice.

What worries you the most about the Halifax Regional Municipality and the issues it's facing?

What worries me the most about HRM and the issues is the voter apathy because a councillor can only be a strong leader when their constituents are vocal about what needs to change and are politically active.

How would you describe your opponents in this race?

I would describe Mr. Adams as someone who has his foot in the door with the ability to move on to bigger and better things for himself.

What’s something you don’t know, but want to learn?

I don't know what it is like to be a sitting councillor with the power to help so many people but I would love to know the feeling! That and archery, but not simultaneously.

What do you promise NOT to do if elected?

I promise to do the best I can to make people happy by doing a good job as their dedicated and persistent elected representative on HRM Council. I think everyone deserves happiness and while not everyone wants it - I won't give up on them just encase they change their mind.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

The duel for Spryfield—Sambro Loop—Prospect Road

All the candidates and issues facing District 11 this election.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 4:00 AM

This district covers areas along the Herring Cove Road, like Leiblin Park, Purcells Cove and Spryfield, communities along Route 306 (Old Sambro Road), and 349 (Herring Cove Rd/Ketch Harbour Rd), and the Prospect Road neighbourhoods. Click here for HRM’s boundary description. - AKIRA ARRUDA
  • This district covers areas along the Herring Cove Road, like Leiblin Park, Purcells Cove and Spryfield, communities along Route 306 (Old Sambro Road), and 349 (Herring Cove Rd/Ketch Harbour Rd), and the Prospect Road neighbourhoods. Click here for HRM’s boundary description.
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This enormous district is home to sprawling communities of various rural, suburban and urban populations. The abundance of individual neighbourhoods each have their own infrastructure (playgrounds, fire halls, and recreation centres are high in demand) ecological issues.

Eligible voters: 18,841 (as of 2014)
(Up about 500 from 2012)
Past voter turnout: 33.74 percent

The Candidates
Stephen Adams is the longest serving representative on Regional Council, having first been elected in 1991. He was born and raised in Spryfield, but relocated to Bedford in recent years to live with his wife. That didn’t affect his popularity with voters, it seems. Against three challengers in 2012, Adams walked away with nearly 50 percent of the vote. Up against the longtime councillor is newcomer Dawn Penney, who calls herself the district's environmental candidate. Penney is a personal care worker, but says she’s always had an interest in politics. She previously ran for the last school board election in 2011.

The Issues
The biggest news story in District 11 in recent weeks was HRM’s decision to purchase portions of the Purcells Cove Backlands from the Shaw Group to keep as a wilderness preserve. Though the deal isn’t done yet and a price needs to be negotiated, Adams will certainly count that as a win while campaigning. Meanwhile, residents in nearby Harrietsfield are still without safe drinking water. The well water for that community has been contaminated and undrinkable for over 15 years, due, in part, to leakage from the old RDM Recycling plant. Although several moves have been made by council and Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court to correct the issue, the problem persists—lost in a mix of court battles. As Adams will be trumpeting the Purcells Cove deal and Penney considers herself an environmental candidate, we think both should commit themselves now to working with other levels of government to finally turn the taps back on in Harrietsfield.

Click here to find out more info on how, where and when you can vote in HRM’s election.


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15 questions with District 11 councillor Stephen Adams

“I have a proven track record of results.”

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 4:00 AM

Adams can be reached at 902-497-8818 - and reelectsteveadams@gmail.com, or via Facebook. - THE COAST
  • Adams can be reached at 902-497-8818and reelectsteveadams@gmail.com, or via Facebook.
  • The Coast

The Coast sent all 53 candidates running in HRM’s municipal election the same 15-question survey in order to help their residents and our readers know a little more about who’s running for council. Here’s what Stephen Adams from Spryfield—Sambro Loop—Prospect Road sent back.

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Why should residents of your district vote for you?

I have a proven track record of results, and the experience to represent the residents of our district effectively and with competence. We have new or upgraded parks, ball fields and sport fields, with much more to come. On previous occasions, our Sambro bus has been threatened with removal. I was able to save the service and, in fact, enhance it. When it comes before council in the Fall, I have the experience necessary to help maintain it; along with the 15, Purcell's Cove.

What’s something you wish people were talking about more this election?

I would like for residents to be talking more about economic development and the potential opportunities for business growth.

What’s the last thing you Googled?

“Toronto AA Hockey League.” I am recruiting players for our Junior Hockey Team in Spryfield.

What’s the most accurate criticism someone’s made about you?

I sometimes bury myself with specific issues, and wait until the last minute to address others.

What was the first concert you ever went to?
KISS.

What was the last movie you didn’t finish?
Flightplan

What pisses you off?

People parking in handicap zones without the appropriate plates or card.

What’s changed the most in your district since 2012?

The future of the Backlands has changed the most since 2012. When I was elected in 2012, there were discussions of development and water/sewer extension along Purcell's Cove road and throughout the Backlands. At our last Council meeting, I was able to bring forward a motion to have HRM begin the process to acquire the Backlands, thereby eliminating any possibility of development and protecting these lands for residents of today and for future generations to enjoy.

What’s a specific moment in politics or your professional life that you really regret?

When I was working as a pharmaceutical representative, I travelled to Newfoundland on a monthly basis. I regret that I didn't take the ferry at least once, and that I didn't take time to see more of the province.

What’s the last thing that made you really laugh?

My dog, Max. If I was a tenth of the man he thinks I am, I would be Superman. Every day with him is a treat.

What’s your go-to meal when cooking?

Barbecued steak, baked potato, coleslaw, five-peppercorn sauce, steamed asparagus and planked salmon with a maple glaze.

What worries you the most about the Halifax Regional Municipality and the issues it's facing?

I am concerned about the amount of time it takes for some issues to move through our bureaucracy. Regardless of the magnitude of the issue, two-three years for an answer to come forward is not acceptable. The other concerns revolve around the time it takes to have some of the simpler tasks completed for our residents, such as curb and sod repair, asphalt repair and tree replacement.

How would you describe your opponents in this race?

I do not know my opponent, so I can't comment.

What’s something you don’t know, but want to learn?

I would like to learn how to install crown moulding. My previous attempts have failed miserably.

What do you promise NOT to do if elected?

I commit not to make promises. (I can't say I promise not to make promises, because I would then be making a promise)

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