“We must strive for inclusivity, compassion, and mutual respect”: Jason Young, Ward 2 candidate

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As election day nears and campaigns draw to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the voters of Ward 2, and the people of Sault Ste. Marie for opening their ears, eyes, and doors for me and all of the other candidates. We are extremely lucky to, every four years, have the ability to critically examine the records of our leaders in an effort to collectively address our concerns and make a better future for our community.

This has been an educational experience for me, with lessons both enlightening and saddening. Of particular note is the denigration of civil debate and discussion for the sake of political gain. It is sad indeed that the rancour of “big politics” has leaked down to stain our civic races. This is a blight on modern politics, and degrades the call to public service.

Our community can only thrive when we choose to bear our obligations collectively. We must strive for inclusivity, compassion, and mutual respect regardless of our personal convictions. It is our good fortune to have people in this town who willingly put the needs of others before their own. Those people are my inspiration, and their ethic is my aspiration. They are our hometown heroes.

On October 23rd, a new Council will be seated and the arduous task of forging the next four years of our future will begin. Please remember that regardless of who is seated at the table, they are your representatives. They should speak with your voice. If they do not, hold them to task. But also remember that at the end of the day, when the lights and cameras go off and the ink dries, that these are simply people. They do not deserve to be attacked, or mocked, or disparaged. They are parents, neighbours and coworkers. When we lose this insight, we lose our community. We, Sault Ste. Marie, are better than that.

In closing, I will paraphrase a quote recounted by Clifford Stoll: “all truth is one. In this light, may (we) endeavour here for the steady evolution of mankind from darkness to light, from narrowness to broadmindedness, from prejudice to tolerance. It is the voice of life which calls us….”

Thank you all. Please vote on October 22nd.

Jason Young

13 COMMENTS

  1. I suggest those of you of unruly character though a choice consider your serious need to straighten out rather then try to confuse, intimidate and manipulate anyone in privacy or public.

    Also just because the truth of actual LAW & ORDER is being twisted yet again to such an abhorrent low level does not make it right at all. The foolish hype about pot.

    It sure has not fooled me.

    Good opportunity to learn rather than stay in the dark by CHOICE or spout (analogy) off nonsense in lies, tricks, mind games, excuses and deliberate ignorance.

    Digging (analogy) for the truth and facing it is so worth it for the right reasons.

  2. I am working on getting used to being in Ward 2 from Ward 4. The changes being effective before the end of this year to my understanding.

    Living in the same area for most of my life designated Ward 4 is presenting quite the adjustment challenge to think of myself in Ward 2 without moving elsewhere _ lol.

    Knowing the issues as well as I do so ticks me off when I see those who have not proven themselves go forward as candidates acting like they actually think they have what it takes to be in official leadership.

    There really is a lot of phoniness and false confidence as well as pretentious strength with way too much foolish kind of pride.

    Nonsense keeps piling deeper and higher across the board (analogy) at all levels.

    I am sure it is nothing unusual in the history of this World not that I am excusing it.

    Definitely without a doubt in my mind with due respect and credit in sincere goodwill of the real kind.

  3. Amen to that Jason Young. Ward 2 has a lot of great candidates. It’s going to be hard to choose. All I know is the current alderman doesn’t deserve to an alderman anymore in my opinion. Nice guy, but there are a lot better choices from what I’ve seen, and I will be voting for someone else.

  4. I really started to get to know how bad it is in Soo, Ontario going back decades. I have heard other residents vocalize the truth regarding the area . Also in respect to the word ” community “.

    I have no doubt that the biggest health, safety and environmental issues for a long time are directly related to the choice of character of however many of the residents.

    No point dodging reality . Definitely not in my mind. A community never did and will not get built on fantasy. No insult is meant to anyone . Neither without any doubt in my mind about that.

    My sincere goodwill with due respect and credit in the real sense.

    The rest of the world in my mind is a separate matter.

    • Nothing better than my morning coffee trying to decipher the poor grammar and sentence structure of our local dispenser of erroneous comments. A sentence is a group of words that expresses a COMPLETE thought. Unfortunately our daily disruptor from planet Cabronas does not get the message. Self importance above all clarity is the message.. Pot is now legal, smoke and take a break .

  5. Candidates always imply they have knocked on many doors in their wards. I live in ward 2 and the only person that came to our door was Lisa Vizeau Allen. We were not home but she left her literature. One of the candidates in my ward lives up the street and I have not seen him canvass the neighbours.In Fact he has a DUFOUR sign on his front lawn. What is up with that?

    • You got THAT from what she said?!? I’m still trying to decipher what the heck she was trying to get across.

      • What is stopping you do you think from respectfully asking a question directed to me ? Why such unmannerly behaviour? Free will choice is really not a good reason. Not in the truth of that serious issue.

        • Sid Davison October 18, 2018 at 10:57 am
          Nothing better than my morning coffee trying to decipher the poor grammar and sentence structure of our local dispenser of erroneous comments. A sentence is a group of words that expresses a COMPLETE thought. Unfortunately our daily disruptor from planet Cabronas does not get the message. Self importance above all clarity is the message.. Pot is now legal, smoke and take a break .

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