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LP Locks Down Bassa in Senatorial Race, LP Candidate Wants Development Now, not tomorrow

first_imgThe opposition Liberty Party (LP) senatorial candidate, Jonathan L. Kaipay, claims to have locked down Grand Bassa County with the assurance of his supporters and partisans in the upcoming special senatorial election on December 16.The partisans have described him as the people’s choice.In an interview during the rally, the LP candidate, explained that his campaign message to the people during the Ebola crisis is that Bassa must be developed now and not tomorrow.  He referred to the county’s numerous resources, including the Buchanan Port.The senatorial candidate is engaged in Jehovah Witness-style campaigning, focusing especially on the rural areas.He said his plan is to ensure that people in the rural areas identify with their candidate and become aware of the county’s development agenda. “Voters in towns and villages need to know and interact with their leader who intends to represent them in the Legislature.   “You need to listen to them and also to know what they want in the process of voting you in as a lawmaker of the county.”The LP candidate further disclosed that he has visited the five electoral districts of Bassa over several days to discuss with the people the issues of the elections and the existence of the Ebola disease.Mr. Kaipay emphasized that sensitizing the people on the importance of the elections and informing them that Ebola is real were plans adopted by the campaign team. He explained that his style of campaigning was not to draw huge crowds, but to move from village to village and town to town and give the campaign message to the people, adding, “I know they are understanding the issues and are ready to make their own decisions for the betterment of the county.”“We need to improve the living conditions of the people of Bassa and ensure that reconciliation, education and safe drinking water are fully achieved in the county.  It has been very challenging to change the face of the county, he admitted.Disclosing some of his plans when elected senator of Grand Bassa County, Mr. Kaipay said, unity would be his first priority due to the division and disagreements within the caucus of the county. He feels that someone who is coming in fresh can make the difference.“We also intend to foster development in the county because Grand Bassa lacks certain basic facilities in terms of social services, infrastructural development, more schools to supplement the only two government high schools and more health centers added to the one existing referral hospital.”He urged his supporters and partisans to remain safe and adhere to the safety measures prescribed by the Ministry of Health and local and international partners to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus disease.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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2010 in review: Top stories from January and February

first_imgA fire broke out on a rig near Hythe, AB at around 3:00 a.m., when Canadian Natural Resources workers were drilling a sweet gas well. No workers were injured in the incident. Ironically, Anti-oil activist Wiebo Ludwig’s property boarders the well site, about 22 kilometres northwest of Hythe. Original story about the arrestWiebo Ludwig on Issues and AnswersStory about the release of Wiebo Ludwig without chargesAdvertisement Fort St. John native Denny Morrison did Fort St. John and the country proud when he and two teammates, Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux beat the Americans in the Team pursuit event at the Vancouver Olympics. The team finished the race with a time of 3:41.37, beating the US by 0.21 seconds.  Story about what the RCMP were looking for See Original Story about the Torch Relay Olympic Torch Visits Fort St. John Rig Blows up near Hythe, AB Fort St. John’s Denny Morrison wins gold at the Olympics During the last week of 2010, we’ll be publishing a special segment each day reviewing the top stories from the past year. January 8th 2010 – Wiebo Ludwig arrested and then released in connection with Encana Bombingscenter_img City Council takes on Air CanadaLate in 2009, Fort St. John City Council discovered that the price for flight passes will double in this region. In addition, the passes will now be restricted to 25 people, rather than 300 as before, and will not be accepted for flights to Saskatchewan and Manitoba.Mayor Bruce Lantz sent a letter to Air Canada and claimed the corporation was discriminating against northern communities for the rate hike. In April, Air Canada changed their rates on the flight passes. (see story) However, flying in and out of Fort St. John without the passes can remain an expensive preposition with round trip tickets between Fort St. John and Vancouver now running in the $800 range. Advertisement See Original Story Watch the race on YouTubeFort St. John Population Grows to 19,457In 2009, According to BC Stats, the population of Fort St. John grew by 665 people in 2009 and is now 19,457. See original story The 3.5 per cent increase was the largest among the seven Peace Region communities listed.Advertisement – Advertisement -Early in January 2010, dozens of RCMP officers stormed the commune of Wiebo Ludwig near Hythe, AB and arrested the former preacher. Ludwig was released from jail the next morning without charges. To date, the RCMP have not been able to collect enough evidence against Ludwig or anyone else in connection with the bombings of Encana facilities in the Tomslake area in 2008 and 2009.  Residents of Fort St. John turned out in droves, as the Olympic torch passed through the Energetic City on Sunday.Thousands of cheering fans lined the relay route and watched Elks speed-skater Jamie Lee take the flame for a spin around the outdoor oval.  93 year-old Ross H. MacLean lit the cauldron at Centennial park, where Premier Gordon Campbell addressed the crowd, while kids played hockey on the snow and slithered down the winding ice-slides.Fans also signed good-luck cards for the two Fort St. John athletes heading to the Vancouver Games – Denny Morrison and Michelle Kelly – with free hot chocolate to help warm up chilly bodies.Ross H. MacLean passed away in June of 2010. (see story) Advertisementlast_img read more

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