By David F. Rooney
Revelstoke City Councillor Aaron Orlando talks about how his perspective of community life and local political life have been affected by his experiences on Council. This is his first go-around on Council and I doubt it will be his last.
A professional journalist who edited The Times Review after my departure from there in 2008, Aaron is now the creative director at the Mountaineer. At one level that makes us competitors; at another it means we share an abiding interest in local politics and community life. Those two subjects are the substance of this longer-than-usual 5-minute Council video. To be fair, Councillor Orlando did want to keep his commentary under five minutes but how can you beat a chance to expound on that?
I think Aaron’s perspectives interesting as he discusses, among other things, the intersection of community spirit and local politics and the common misconception that our local bureaucrats call all the shots and Council simply rubber-stamps their decisions. (Now that short discussion is — I’m pretty sure — one of the very few (and perhaps only) times a member of Council has publicly commented on that perception.)
I think this is a very interesting video and I hope you’ll agree on that, even if you disagree with his comments. Please activate the YouTube player below to watch this politically interesting video: