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KIVALLIQ NEWS, Wednesday, May 16 2018

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Community input a valuable commodity Northern News Services

Community input is a valuable commodity. It’s been quite refreshing to see Coun. Kelly Clark-Lindell soliciting community input as Rankin Inlet’s hamlet council moves cautiously and, hopefully, realistically forward on a new community centre. The needs of our community are many, and while an elder’s facility should be at or near the top of everyone’s wish list, a community centre would fight social isolation. Ditto a number of the other suggestions that have made their way back to Clark-Lindell. However, whether 80 per cent or 10 per cent of the ideas sent to the councillor prove themselves to be feasible, the fact she’s been actively seeking input from community members is a refreshing change of pace. Yes, council sessions are open to the public. That’s a crutch so many councillors of the past decade have leaned upon that there should be a silver variation hanging in council chambers to serve as a reminder to the average person. Were council to meet during the evening hours, the open-to-the-public notion would carry a bit more weight, but, not so with afternoon meetings that preclude the attendance of the vast majority of the working public. And don’t get me started on the number of times hamlet council has historically gone in-camera to debate issues that fall outside of the Municipal Act’s guidelines for doing so –

the habit of which made even me a the arena side of the community’s current building for hockey games stranger to council chambers. There is a tangible malaise con- than it is to enforce them on the cerning being open and accountable community centre side during Pakalto the public affecting all levels of lak Tyme. However it goes about happening, government these days, and muniand no matter who signs cipal governments are far the cheques to construct from immune to that mindit at the end of the day, a set. new community centre is In fact – given the reluca project Rankin Inlet has tance or outright refusal of to get right the first time. the Government of NunaThat is why public convut and the various Inuit sultation and community associations to let their input is so vital to the proemployees and members cess. We can’t afford to sit on a hamlet council – mess this one up. an argument can be made DARRELL No matter what the final that they feel the negative GREER wish list of programs and effect of that malaise both infrastructure includes, directly and indirectly, making them even more vulnerable than one would have to view maximizing space as one of the main keys to its most. And, to be brutally honest, there success. Having the ulu-making space of is only so much any council can achieve in a community without the afternoon become the fur-workmuch of a tax base, and one’s sense ing and sewing space of the evening of public accountability is certainly is paramount to the success of any not enhanced when one is almost multi-functional building. Hopefully, Clark-Lindell is compilalways playing with house money. Still, elected office by its very ing a significantly-sized list of ideas nature has to be held to a higher on viable programming and utilizing standard if it is to have any chance space for maximum impact that can be applied to numerous programs of balance or success. All too often here in the North, and developments moving forward. And, to wax philosophical: the actions are taken or not taken depending on their difficulty and the thoughts and needs of the communamount of possible backlash that ity are best materialized by the cooperation of the many, rather than surrounds them. Case in point: it is far easier (and the direction of the few, and an much safer to one’s current employ- engaged community greatly increasment or political future) to enforce es its chances of becoming a sucmaximum capacity regulations in cessful community.

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Dave Wiseman delivers free Tim Hortons coffee and hot chocolate courtesy of the Northern Store’s Quick Stop to the players and coaches taking part in a pond hockey tournament on Williamson Lake in Rankin Inlet on May 2.