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CORNER BROOK — Chris Noseworthy is the latest Corner Brooker to throw his hat into the ring for the position of city councillor.
A former editor, columnist and blogger and longtime analyst of city hall comings and goings, Noseworthy feels it is high time he “put his money where his mouth is.”
In a prepared release, Noseworthy said as a father of young children, youth issues are high on his agenda.
“Like many parents, I fear my children growing up and being lured away by better opportunities or, worse, that they have little alternative other than moving away to pursue their careers,” he said.
As an advertising consultant, he said he is faced with the needs, challenges and fears of local businesses on a daily basis.
This experience led him to volunteer as a treasurer with the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade.
“Council has a very big problem and they are too close to see it clearly,” he said. “You can stand there and say you are ‘open for business’ until you are blue in the face, but if everyone thinks you are an obstacle you have to accept it and overcome it.
“Fortunately, we live in a community packed with talented people who love their city.”
While there are many issues to tackle, he said, one key issue for him is that firefighters have the tools and resources to save lives without putting themselves in unnecessary danger.
He said staffing is only one part of the puzzle, and he would like to see the city participate in an independent survey to highlight strengths and weaknesses in the system.
“Everyone gets into this because they want to help, but this council has become very bitter,” he said. “So many people are calling for a wholesale change.”