Iqaluit city councillors thank outgoing mayor at Oct. 9 meeting
“I’d like to thank you for all the hard work that you’ve done"
Iqaluit council members took time during their Oct. 9 council meeting to thank each other for their work over the past few years.
Special attention was paid to Mayor Madeleine Redfern, at her last city council meeting before the Oct. 15 municipal election, which Redfern is not contesting.
Coun. Joanasie Akumalik cited the dog bylaw, Baffinland’s Mary River iron mine project, and the new cemetery as files that Redfern successfully worked on.
“I’d like to thank you for all the hard work that you’ve done. I think you’ve let almost the whole world know about Iqaluit,” he said.
The neighborhood watch file did not go ahead but “that is a difficult issue,” Akumalik said.
“You’ve changed Iqaluit during your time as mayor,” he said.
Redfern has said that one of her objectives was to be more accessible and approachable while working in public office.
However, there is still a need for more women in council chambers, Coun. Mary Wilman said.
“I’d like to encourage women to be part of the local government in the future,” said Wilman, who also thanked the mayor for her contribution to the city and “for always being available and always supporting us.”
Coun. Stephen Mansell encouraged the public to get involved with the city’s standing committees, as they will dissolve after the Oct. 15 election.
That includes the Niksiit and economic development committees, the recreation and public safety committees, the board of revision and the taxi review board.
“It’s a couple of hours a month and it lets your voice be heard,” he said.
The new standing committee members will sit until Dec. 31, 2013, with new members being appointed in January 2014.
Coun. Simon Nattaq said he’s not sure if he will be back or not, but thanked the council members for their work together.
District Education Authority seats are also up for election Oct. 15 along with a referendum among Iqaluit ratepayers to approve the borrowing of up to $40 million to pay for construction of a new aquatic centre in the vacant lot behind city hall.