From the Mayors Desk

10 Years of Thought

The beginning of this election season, as with all of my others (2008, 2011, and 2014) marks a drastic uptick in the number of politically active individuals on social media. The common theme discussed is often focused on finances. There are also many questions asking where candidates stand on various topics. I’ve even been told of a comment from someone saying they “don’t even know what I look like” which is more sad than funny given I have been in office for 10 years now and make myself available as much as possible.

One such way in which I connect to the local community is through my monthly article titled From the Mayors Desk which runs in the I Love Creston magazine. I Love Creston is a free publication which can be found in many locations all over town and I encourage everyone to grab a copy to bring home and read. It is filled with tons of great information about our wonderful town and surrounding area.

Beginning with my first term as Mayor I began sharing my thoughts with the local community via From the Mayors Desk. It is a great way for you to read what’s on my mind. This article did not exist before I took office as Mayor and it does not cost a single cent for me to contribute.

If you are interested in knowing more about me, where I stand on various issues, and what my vision for the Town of Creston is, then here are 99 articles spanning nearly a decade. Feel free to ask me questions about any of these and I’ll be more than happy to share my thoughts with you.

From the Mayor’s Desk

2009 Archives

#1 October – About me
#2 November – Council after one year
#3 December – Merry Christmas / vacant buildings downtown

2010 Archives

#4 January – Council’s 2010 Goals and Plans
#5 February – Growing Partnership
#6 March – Crunching Numbers
#7 April – Big Changes on the Horizon
#8 May – Volunteers Helping Build our Community
#9 June – Volunteers Drive Our Community
#10 July – The Creston Valley Continues to Grow
#11 August – Affordable Housing in the Creston Valley
#12 September – Creston Valley Regional Policing Services
#13 October – Town of Creston Building Permits
#14 November – Positive Happenings in the Creston Valley
#15 December – A Celebration of Construction

2011 Archives

#16 January – New Goals for a New Year
#17 February – Opening the Lines of Communication
#18 March – Commitment to open Communication
#19 April – Question of the Day – is the Mayor TEXTING
#20 May – Election Year
#21 June – Daylight Saving Time
#22 July – Attending Municipal Conferences
#23 August – We came in 2nd but we didn’t lose!
#24 September – I am a proud Rotarian
#25 October – A dedicated town staff
#26 November – Our 3 year term is done
#27 December – The Holiday Train is coming! Take up the Challenge

2012 Archives

#28 January – Tone at the TOP
#29 February – What topic to write about?
#30 March – The Law of the Garbage Truck
#31 April – Municipal Policing
#32 May – WWTP
#33 June – Jaws of Life / Road Rescue
#34 July – Attending Municipal Conferences
#35 August – 2nd time – we WON
#36 September – Texting
#37 October – Our Town roads
#38 November – Misinformation
#39 December – Community volunteers

2013 Archives

#40 January – Memorable 2012 Event – TSN/Kraft Celebrations
#41 February – Recycling
#42 March – Arrow Creek Water agreement
#43 April – Transit
#44 May – Physician Recruitment
#45 June – BC Mayors’ Caucus
#46 July – Creston World Environment Event
#47 August – Asia trip
#48 September – WWTP upgrade
#49 October – Our Fire Services — volunteers
#50 November – How Can I Assist You?
#51 December – CP Holiday train challenge

2014 Archives (link is being fixed)

#52 January – Unleashed Dog Park & Trails
#53 February – Strategic Planning
#54 March – Property Taxes
#55 April – AKBLG Convention
#56 May – AKBLG Convention – a SUCCESS
#57 June – TELUS Fibre Optic Network announcement
#58 July – CBT Community Directed Funds
#59 September – BC Municipal Election Nov2014
#60 October – IGR – Intergovernmental Relations
#61 November – Thanks to Council for last 3 years
December no article

2015 Archives

#62 February – The Road Ahead
#63 March – Snow Snow Snow
#64 April – Tone At The Top
#65 May – Is the Mayor Texting
#66 June – Our flag 50 YEARS
#67 July – Positive Changes in the Creston Valley
#68 September – WATER – Conservation and Grant
#69 October – Our Fire Service and Council Responsibility
#70 November – How do we measure OUR PERFORMANCE?
#71 December – CP Holiday Train and CHALLENGE

2016 Archives

#72 February – Our Unique Physician Recruitment
#73 March – Door Always Open
#74 April – Municipal vs Provincial Policing
#75 May – MFA of BC
#76 June – BC Mayors’ trip
#77 July – Our Town website
#78 September – Ktunaxa Award
#79 October – Fire Hall Public Open House
#80 November – Attending Conferences
#81 December – 2yrs and our new Railway Blvd sidewalk

2017 Archives

#82 January – RDCK taxation
#83 February – A smaller COUNCIL of 5?
#84 March – Visitor Center “ambassadors”
#85 April – Streetlights and Snow issues
#86 May – Our Municipal By-election
#87 June – Our Downtown and Hwy #3
#88 Jul/Aug – Canada 150 – a flag
#89 September – Our Cemeteries
#90 October – My 9th year as your Mayor
#91 November – Fire Hall
#92 December – Fires – my personal comment

2018 Archives

#93 February – Silly Season
#94 March – Citizen Budget – join the conversation
#95 April – 2 GRANTS for the Creston Valley
#96 May – Town of Creston next 5 years
#97 June – Highway #3 Improvements on Canyon Street
#98 July – Physician Recruitment and “walk-in Clinics”
August No issue
#99 September – My 10 years as Mayor

Before making any type of public statement regarding decisions of our Town Council and Staff, I strongly encourage you to contact me personally. My contact information is widely available.

Email: ron.toyota@creston.ca

Cell: 250 428 6506

You are also encouraged to come see me in person. My schedule is posted online on the Town of Creston website. Between now and October 20th (election day) you can also visit me at my Official Campaign Office across from the post office. Monday – Friday (10am – 5pm), Saturday (10am – 2pm)

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