Jim Bifano

We need to build on our assets

Three questions for city council candidates – Jim Bifano

1. We are at a turning point. Campbell River is no longer a mill town.

We need to build on our assets. We have incredible natural beauty, clean air, clean water, diverse opportunities for recreation: these are the type of things that “lifestyle migrants” are looking for. I envision a Campbell River that has a diverse economy of small and medium size businesses and a vibrant arts community which will attract not only new citizens and tourism, but inject new vitality into our downtown core. I believe in responsibility; as citizens we all need to make a concerted effort to make Campbell River a better place.

 

2. I have a solid background in business and the forest industry.  My commitment to this community is expressed in dedication to the arts, and volunteering as an auxiliary police constable. I have demonstrated not only that I am prepared to put in the time and energy to move Campbell River forward, but that I actually have that energy and commitment.

I am fiscally responsible and able to set priorities on needs vs. wants basis. I have many ideas, but one promise: if elected, I will give the best that I have in me.

 

3. Communication is a two way street, I would like to encourage people to get involved, to attend council meetings and open houses.

I would like to see more rationale behind certain decisions revealed so that the public understands the issues. I would like to see less of an “Us vs. Them” mentality; everyone who lives here is a stakeholder in the future of Campbell River.

I would like to see “in camera” information released to the public after it is deemed not sensitive. The City of Vancouver is already doing this as of 2010.