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Council candidate: Steve Milstein

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Age: 66

Website: www.talkwithmewhistler.com

Occupation : Psychologist

Last book read : Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy By Pat Ogden, Kekuni Minton and Clare Pain.

What music are you listening to these days? I don’t listen to a lot of music. I listen to a lot of CBC and whatever is on the radio. I’m more of a news junkie.

Favourite recreational pursuits: Cooking. I like to entertain friends and I cook everything from scratch. I also like gardening, walking, and lying in sun.

 

1. Why are you running for council?

I am a believer that you get out of life and out of a community what you put into a community. Secondly I think we have a social responsibility to our society and to our neighbours. I think I am very lucky because I have gotten an education, and I have had opportunity and look where I live. I believe the only way to have a healthy community is for everyone in the community to take responsibility for the health of their community and their neighbours. I do not believe that council and government staff can do it all.

When I moved here, I was very struck by the volunteerism in town. I believe it is what made this town. I think you have to make a difference, and I believe I have skills that can help make a difference.

 

2. Given that revenue from development is declining and the municipality is more dependent on hotel tax revenue at a time of economic uncertainty, how do you propose the municipality balance its budgets the next few years?

I believe we need to sit down and make a distinction between our needs and our wants. Needs are something we cannot do without, and wants are something you would like to have. I think we need to prioritize.

There is no question that the hotel tax revenue is going to be down. I think the first job of council is to get in there with staff and see what we can postpone. I do not think there is any magic answer. I think we have to stop our spending and see where we can go with it. We are at risk for a lot of things right now.

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