Category Archives: Voter Turnout

Pokemon players should hold hands instead of handhelds

  Watching hundreds of glassy-eyed Pokemon Go fanatics swarming around Victoria Park, I marvelled at how — eyes glued t0 mobiles — some didn’t end up in the lake along with the giant carp. Gobsmacked at the popularity of the activity, … Continue reading

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“Landslide Frank” offers thanks for your support

Thanks, 2,322 times, my sincere thanks. Approaching a new term as Ward 9 councillor, I would like to thank all 2,322 of you for your votes, kind words and support offered so generously on countless doorsteps during the recent campaign. Considering the fact … Continue reading

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Front-porch politics in Kitchener’s vibrant Ward 9

Your vote counts. That’s the powerful lesson learned when I was elected by a single vote in 2010 that I would like to communicate before tomorrow’s election. And, based on subsequent conversations with hundreds of people convinced that they each cast … Continue reading

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Glad to see democracy alive and well in Ward 9

Winning Ward 9 by a single vote in 2010 proved to be one of the most interesting developments during my first term as a Kitchener councillor. During the past four years, it generated many conversations with people ranging from school children to seniors … Continue reading

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Forgive us, our Ward 9 trespasses

Ringing doorbells or thumping on doors around Ward 9, I’m astounded at the patience and generosity displayed by voters as we gallop up driveways to invade their privacy. Yesterday we were on Mill Street and in the Cherry Park area … Continue reading

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Ward 9 time of the signs

Today’s the day Kitchener’s election bylaw permits municipal candidates to put up lawn signs. Members of our campaign crew — recent experts in the use of boltcutters required to snip metal prongs that support signs — were out braving blisters … Continue reading

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Ward 9 voters and amalgamation

Doorstep debate as we canvas Ward 9 neighbourhoods includes the subject of amalgamation. A question about the issue will be on the October 25 ballot. The question will not request a yes or no answer on amalgamation but will ask … Continue reading

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In Kitchener, watch or listen to Frank

Rogers TV should be commended for programming a series of all-candidate debates for the October 25 election. The one-hour debate for Ward 9 council candidates will be live Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. on Rogers TV Cable 20 in Waterloo … Continue reading

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Overheated Ward 9 canvassing

Please don’t be alarmed at that very sweaty guy banging on your door. It’s yours-truly candidate dripping on your doorstep, out begging for votes and turning soggy at the edges in 30-degree-plus weather. Today (Thursday) I plan to be on … Continue reading

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Time for a change of approach at Kitchener city hall

After 38 years of local journalism and column writing, I’m seeking election to city council in Kitchener’s Ward 9. The ward includes Victoria Park, a beautiful neighbourhood where I live with the very patient and caring love of my life, … Continue reading

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