Citizens for a Livable Cranbrook Society provides grassroots leadership and an inclusive process, with a voice for all community members, to ensure that our community grows and develops in a way that incorporates an environmental ethic, offers a range of housing and transportation choices, encourages a vibrant and cultural life and supports sustainable, meaningful employment and business opportunities.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Opening Statements from the Election Forum

These are the recorded opening statements from Cranbrook Council candidates for the JCI 2014 election, held October 29th in the Key City Theatre.  We must apologise to the first candidate whose statement was slightly clipped at the beginning.

For Council Candidate opening Statements click here:
In response to the question,  "Help us understand what type of leader you will be for our community. Describe your two highest priorities for change in our municipality and what you will do to address them."

The Mayoral candidates are responding to the concern about roads and where they might find the money to improve the situation:

For Mayoral Candidates Opening Statements click here:

Summer Sun Captured in a Carpet of Yellow

What's Happening.......

Friday October 31st and November 1st
Fort Steele Ghost Train
 Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1 at Fort Steele Heritage Town. The train runs between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. each evening, weather permitting.
Come and take a ride on the darker side of Fort Steele and enjoy some cookies and hot apple cider to follow.
The rides are by reservations only and it is not recommended for children 12 and under. Please keep your pets at home for this evening.
Call 250-417-6000 for more information.

Halloween Dance
428 6th Ave S.
Cranbrook Dance Connection

Saturday November 1st
Anglican Church Christmas Bazaar
1:00pm - 3:30pm

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blast from the Past

It's not just the faces that get changed every few years.  Now we might look back and wish some of these changes had not been made.
Cranbrook Courier February 1951
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Election Forum Packs Key City Theatre

Key City Theatre was  packed at the election JCI forum last evening, October 29th as candidates presented themselves to the public.  We hope to make sound files accessible soon.
James Elliot takes to the microphone for his opening speech

Lee Pratt makes his opening statements

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mayor Stetski Makes a Bid for a Second Term

I have enjoyed working with you for the last three years! Together, we have made Cranbrook a better place for business, for the arts and multi-culturalism, for youth and seniors, for recreation and infrastructure, and for people with disabilities. City hall and the Mayor’s office are recognized as being open, transparent, respectful and responsive.
City Council is recognized as a place for respectful debate and open discussion.

As a community we have benefitted from a number of firsts: initiating a cooperative project between the Chamber and the City to Reduce Barriers for Business; holding a very successful Multi-cultural Festival; creating a position of Youth Mayor for a Day; bringing 70 Mayors from across BC to Cranbrook; implementing Excellence in Public Service Training for 100 staff; holding a workshop for local businesses on How To Bid On City Contracts; ensuring that a Welcome and Thank you letter goes to all new businesses from the Mayor.

In order to ensure you had access to me I brought in monthly Coffee with the Mayor sessions, reinstated monthly Brown Bag meetings, brought in an open door policy (“sure you can see the Mayor”) and attended over 300 community events. I will continue these over the next four years.

Potholes and the long-standing poor condition of many of our streets remain a challenge. This is a problem Council inherited, as keeping up with old and failing infrastructure has not always been a priority in the past. This Council committed to the principle that the first 1.75% of any annual increase in property taxes would be dedicated to improving roads and replacing aging infrastructure. We now have a 15 year Capital Plan that lays out what infrastructure will be replaced and when. The challenge remains that every 1% increase in property taxes only results in $219,000 in new revenue, and replacing sewer, water, storm drains and road surfaces can cost $500,000 or more per block.

Our economy is on the upswing. Comparing January to September 2014 with the same period in 2013 the indicators are up in every category. Airport passenger numbers are up 10%. Building permits are up in every category with construction totaling $27.9 million in 2014 compared to $8.6 million in 2013. 132 single family homes sold in Cranbrook between January and September, up 34% over 2013. There are almost 1400 businesses licensed in Cranbrook with 98 new licenses issued up to September, an almost 30% increase over 2013.

Much has been accomplished but there is more to do! We must continue to invest a minimum of $3,000,000 annually into fixing potholes and improving roads. We need to: grow our tourism economy and ensure that serviced lots are available for new industries; leverage “Sunniest City in BC” into new solar energy and greenhouse economies; find a permanent home for the arts and continue to improve the appearance of Highway 3/95 through Cranbrook; protect Joseph Creek and expand our walking/cycling networks; help in the recruitment of new family doctors and continue the upgrades to our sidewalks and buildings to improve access for those with disabilities; promote non-lethal management of our urban deer while harvesting them as required for public safety; ensure that Cranbrook is an Age Friendly and Youth Friendly community.

This is just part of my Vision for Cranbrook - please go to to see more. With a collaborative Leadership style, the Heart I have for All of our citizens, and with Your Vote  for Wayne Stetski for Mayor our great little city will be an even better place to call Home over the next four years!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Blast from the Past

Cranbrook Courier January 1951

Water Fluoridation

This is taken from the City website:

Water Fluoridation

Water Fluoridation: Be informed -- then vote!

The City of Cranbrook is seeking electoral assent on whether or not to continue adding fluoride to the City’s water system will be held as part of Cranbrook’s November 15, 2014 Municipal Election.  All eligible voters are encouraged to participate.
The question will ask: "Are you in favour of Council adopting City of Cranbrook Cease Fluoridation Bylaw No. 3799, 2014, which authorizes stopping the addition of fluoride to the municipal water supply effective January 1, 2015?"
The question will part of the official ballot providing you an opportunity to choose either “yes” or “no”. A yes vote means you want to eliminate fluoride from our water, while a no vote means continuing to add it.
Have questions? Please email us at
Municipal election questions? Click here.

Every effort has been made to ensure all externally linked websites and pdf files associated with the 2014 Municipal Election and Fluoride Referendum are available. If you notice a broken link, please notify our webmaster.

Sunday, October 26, 2014