Peter Poole was elected in October 2017, as a Town Councillor, for a term of four years, until October 2021.
Peter is deeply involved in Banff in business, conservation and building relationships with First Nations. He has served on several Banff committees, including the Economic Prosperity Committee, the Development Appeal Board and the Luxton Historical Foundation. He also advises the Dean of Science at the University of Calgary.
Peter’s businesses include the Wild Flour Bakery, the Juniper Hotel and the Bison Courtyard. In all of his projects he pursues a vision:
“Community thrives,” he says, “when we link one person with another, when we link business with culture, and when we link our hopes with nature.”
His wife is the great singer Nan Hughes and his children are in high school and university.
What's on my Banff menu this month?
The Banff Railway Station
Last month Liricon Capital, the private company that leases the Banff Railway station land and owns Mount Norquay ski resort, cut down a huge swath of trees just east of the railway station. The Town approved Liricon’s proposal to build a 500-vehicle parking lot that is expected to be operating in July.
This is one part of a bigger development plan the business proposes: commercial development around the railroad station; and a gondola from the station to Mount Norquay. What are the tradeoffs for public policy?
My questions for you are:
What does the developer want from the Town?
What does the business want from Parks Canada?
Would there be benefits for the park?
I’ve heard from some residents who were shocked at how many trees came down. I've heard from people who are in favour of this project’s goal to intercept tourist’s cars before they come into the town. I've heard from people who want clearer discussion of what is in the interest of a private business, and what is in the interest of the public in our national park.
Read about the rail station redevelopment plans here (links to http://banff.ca/index.aspx?NID=1028), and then let me know if you are:
strongly in favour
mildly in favour
And if you’d like to invite me to a discussion with a group of your friends, I’ll be pleased to join.
Banff’s mock wildfire emergency exercise on May 8
If you live on the south side of Banff, you are scheduled to get a visit on Wednesday May 8 from emergency response team members.
The Town of Banff and Parks Canada are planning to conduct a full-day emergency exercise based on the threat of wildfires. This mock exercise is to respond as if a fictitious wildfire were approaching the town from the west, and is supposed to include emergency personnel training at command centres based in the Fire Hall and Town Hall. First responders are to visit all homes on the south side of the river.
My questions for you are:
· What was your opinion of the exercise specifically, and the Town & Park’s Canada’s overall readiness for defending our homes and lives from a wildlfire threat?
· Are we elected officials doing enough to counter the wildfire threat, and to protect our citizens and property?
· Is there info that you want but aren’t getting?
· And what are you doing to prepare yourself and your property or business from wildfires?
· Are there aspects of evacuation planning you'd like discussed more openly?
· Have you asked the Fire Department for a free FireSmart inspection of your home?