Ward 2 Candidate Les Weeks supports an elected board of directors at PUC

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Residents of Sault Ste. Marie are concerned over the cost of electricity and the quality of local water. In order to ensure those concerns are being heard, and to increase transparency in how our utilities are delivered, Ward 2 Candidate Les Weeks would support the creation of an elected board of directors at the Public Utilities Commission of Sault Ste. Marie.

“Throughout this campaign, I’ve heard from many Ward 2 residents who are worried about what’s happening at the PUC,” said Weeks, a local business owner, longtime community advocate and Ward 2 resident for more than 45 years. “People are paying higher electricity rates in the mornings and early evenings when they are trying to feed their families. And many residents are still dealing with unpleasant odours and discoloration coming from their taps.”

“While City Council can’t fix all of these issues, I believe that an elected board of directors at the PUC will help ensure that the concerns of the community are being addressed. It will also make what happens at the PUC more transparent,” said Weeks.

Weeks is a father of four who has held leadership roles with numerous community organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Sault Ste. Marie Business Development Centre and the Sault Ste. Marie Museum. Like many other hard-working individuals who are raising families in the Sault, Weeks said he understands the value of a dollar and a municipal government that is transparent and accountable to its citizens.

To hear Les talk about why he’s running for council in his own words, please view this video.

To send him a message or ask him a question, please visit www.facebook.com/lesweeksward2.

2 COMMENTS

  1. The PUC is wholly owned by the Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie. The City is itself the single shareholder of the PUC, and there are three Council members sitting on the various boards that comprise the PUC. As such, Council wields a great deal of power. There is no need to hold yet another election — or add further positions to the current elections — when Council can affect any necessary changes through the current governance structure.

  2. The problem with the PUC is no one has taken ownership of the Water problem.Those who made the decision to change the way the water in this city is treated need to be fired end of story.The residents of this city need a Councillor who is not afraid to stand up to the establishment and make heads roll.The brown water issue,the horrible tasting water needs to come to an end.The taxpayers want their water back not the excuses.I promise to Ward 2 that elected I will get to the bottom of this water issue and those responsible will be fired.

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