Teika Newton2Teika Newton discusses the Energy East Pipeline in council.

Transition Initiative Kenora is hoping the candidates will discuss the proposed Energy East Pipeline tonight. Each member has submitted a question to the Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce in hopes it will be one chosen for discussion at the All Candidates forum.

Organizer of Transition Initiative, Teika Newton, explained why they are focusing on the pipeline.

"We do want to show that this is an important issue and that it should be on the minds of all our leaders at the local, provincial and federal level. That we all need to think about this we all have a stake in these decisions around national energy policies and national energy infrastructure," she said.  "So we really want our local candidates to voice their opinions and be heard."

Ontario PC candidate Randy Nickle, NDP candidate Sarah Campbell, Green Party candidate Tim Killop and Liberal candidate Anthony Leek will all be present to discuss various issues at the forum. Newton explained what she hopes to hear.

"All the parties do have their platforms but we'd like to hear what their thoughts are specific to our local riding. How their party platforms can be tailored to meet the needs of the people in the local area. I'm hoping that we hear more than just rehashing party playbooks," she said.

The Energy East Pipeline has been a hotly debated topic in Kenora. Transition Initiative along with other groups including the Council of Canadians have held numerous public forums answering questions about the pipeline. Newton explained what they are concerned about.

"We have concerns around the economics, the safety, environmental impacts and cultural and community impacts for the proposed pipeline. So we'd like to get at some of these issues and see what the candidates have to say about it," she said.

For more information:
Council of Canadians argues against Energy East Pipeline
Energy East Pipeline brought up in council

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