In the weeks prior to any upcoming civic election it is normal to see forums and gatherings such as the one put on by the Cranbrook and District Arts Council on Wednesday, October 22nd.
Candidates and local arts organisation board representatives were invited to hear information presented by BC Arts Council Director Joseph Cross, CDAC Chair, Sioban Staplin and CDAC Building Committee Chair Bill McColl. Those present for the presentations were Mayor Wayne Stetski, Mayoral candidate John York, Councillor candidates, Councillors Sharon Cross, and Diana Scott, Council candidates Norma Blissett, Tom Shypitka, Lynn McIntosh, James Elliott, Bob Faiers and Wesley Graham. Regrets were sent by Councillor Warner, Alan Macbean, Ron Popoff, Isaac Hockley and Brad Scriver.
Information included statistics for the economic impacts of culture, the arts, heritage and sport. 2009 statistics showed the cultural industries sector contributed $49.9 billion to the GDP. Total sport contribution for 2009 $4.9 billion. 2010 figures can be viewed at:
The Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce will host a forum for its members in November.
The public is invited by JCI to Key City Theatre on Wednesday, October 29th, 6:00pm to a public forum when the public will have an opportunity to hear the candidates.