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Momentum was built that wasn’tpossible with any other medium andallowed organizers to get people en-gaged – after which you can get themto do things for you, he explained.Wakeling said Twitter, in particu-lar, allowed campaign leaders to getout their messages, which in turnwere being picked up by trolling me-dia.“The buzz was certainly created inthe social media realm. If you wantedthe pulse of what was going on in thecampaign, you went to Twitter.”Wakeling noted that if you wereinvolved in any of the campaigns,you could either react to what wasoccurring in social media or be pro-active and use it purposively. In the2009 provincial election, Twitter andFacebook weren’t even on the radarscreen.“There’s deﬁ nitely a divide betweenthe old guard campaigners who havebeen doing this for decades but don’tunderstand social media,” and thosewho do, Wakeling said.As the day grew closer for the vote,texting, emails, tweets and Facebookmessages were all used in the GetOut the Vote campaign.“I’m still blown away that we wereable to get 75 per cent of our identi-ﬁ ed vote (provincewide) by 1 p.m.“Never in my wildest dreams did Ithink it would lead to this.”He sees social media tying in withClark’s goal of a more open and com-municative government and saysTwitter and Facebook could allowcabinet ministers to communicatedirectly with voters, just as does U.S.President Barak Obama.“I think that’s the way of the fu-ture.”Such messaging, though, does haveits perils. Any unwise tweet goesworldwide, right away. “The immedi-acy of the medium is a danger also.”Wakeling attended Saturday’sconvention in Vancouver in whichcomputers crunched the numbersand gave Clark the win on the thirdcomputation.He said about 600 people from theMaple Ridge-Pitt Meadows ridingvoted and 1,500 from Maple Ridge-Mission.Asked about Clark drawing thesupport of only one sitting MLAwhile Falcon had the support of 19,Wakeling said that endeared her tosupporters.“People deﬁ nitely sent a message.”He added that Clark’s campaigndidn’t forget non-Liberal ridings suchas NDP’s Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows,on the assumption, since proven cor-rect, that those residents could bemore willing to vote for a candidatewithout extensive connections to theGordon Campbell government.Clark won all but two or three of those ridings, Wakeling pointed out.Pitt Meadows Coun. John Beckerand his wife Terry, along with formerMaple Ridge mayor Gordy Robson,his wife Mary and two sons, Gord Jr.and Will, helped out with the Clarkcampaign.Terry, who lost the party nomina-tion for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows toKen Stewart in 2008, said she hasn’tthought about trying again for thenomination.“I certainly haven’t given it muchthought.” But she has no doubtsabout Clark’s ability to unite theparty. As a federal Conservative, shehas “no issues” with Clark, usuallyaligned with federal Liberals, as pre-mier.“I think she can do even a better jobof it.”NDP MLA Michael Sather, though,has his doubts.Clark was education minister whenshe changed the funding formulafor schools, restricting the ability tobuild new ones in east Maple Ridge,he pointed out.Wakeling said he’d like to carry onworking for Clark.“I’m open to whatever Christy andher team thing would be worthy of my talents. I would deﬁ nitely appre-ciate carrying on with this team.”Maple Ridge-Mission Marc Daltonsupported Falcon, but says the partyhas to unite behind the new leader.“There were four candidates. Onecandidate got to win. I’m throwingmy support behind her.”Dalton even attended Clark’s lastvisit at the Maple Ridge Golf Course.“That was a statement that I wouldsupport you, if you win.”The Liberals will have a meetingwith all the MLAs sometime thisweek, though Dalton didn’t want togive the time or place.“We understand that we have to beunited in order to win the election.We’re all committed to that,” Daltonsaid.The party needs to come together,“otherwise, united we stand, dividedwe fall.”
We have to be united to win: Dalton
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Christy Clark waves to her supporters after being selected at the new leader of the B.C. Liberal Party on Saturday.
Maple Ridge doctor f ned $25,000 by college o physicians
Incentiveshelp moveproject along
It is expected to be down-sized from when the companyﬁ rst applied in 2008.Soil conditions will requirepreloading the site for abouta year, followed by a construc-tion period that could take upto two years – meaning doorswould open some time in 2013or 2014.Maple Ridge’s new incen-tives for downtown develop-ers has helped the project – inparticular the fast-tracking of the application and approvalprocess, said Howard Blank,with Great Canadian.“In concert with a number of recent commercial and resi-dential announcements in thetown centre, [the incentiveprogram] has shown a greatco-operative process that isvery encouraging to furtherbusiness development.“We are proud to work withsuch a strong and proactivemunicipality,” he said in adistrict news release.Mayor Ernie Daykin saidsince Christmas several proj-ects have come to council, suchas two residential projects on222 Street north of DewdneyTrunk Road (including thesupportive housing project),two new condo projects onsouth 224th Street, the hotelproposal in the same area, aswell as the Thrifty Foods an-nouncement and renovationsof Haney Place Mall.Daykin said the next twoyears should be “transforma-tional for the entire area.”He added that developersseem more excited about thefast tracking of downtown de-velopment applications rath-er than cash or tax breaksthat are part of the incentiveplan.A Maple Ridge doctor hasonce again been censuredby the B.C. College of Phy-sicians and Surgeons aftera three-year investigationfound him guilty of contra-vening restrictions on hispractice.According to a releasefrom the provincial regulat-ing body last month, Nes-bitt, a general practitioner,prescribed medication for 41female patients, 10 of whomreceived prescriptions forcontrolled substances, de-spite an order by the col-lege to restrict his practiceto male patients only.The college ordered Nes-bitt to pay a ﬁ ne of $25,000,and suspended him frompracticing medicine for twoyears.Nesbitt voluntarily with-drew from practice in Oc-tober 2007 while the collegeinvestigated the matter.“Many of them were for-mer patients of mine, soI had charts for some of them,” Nesbitt has previ-ously stated.Many of the patients wereelderly, and given that itwas summer, and a numberof other doctors in townwere away on vacation,he felt he needed to helpthem.“They were in an acutecrisis,” he said.Before Nesbitt is eligibleto return to his practice, hewill have to undergo psy-chiatric or psychologicalassessment and counsel-ling, as well as complete amulti-disciplinary assess-ment program chosen bythe college.Should Nesbitt return tohis practice, the collegerequires he be supervised,see patients only whenother staff are present inthe clinic, and be subject toperiodic reviews.Nesbitt has been repeat-edly disciplined by the col-lege for a variety of infrac-tions over the past decade.In 2000, Nesbitt was sus-pended from practicingmedicine for one year andﬁ ned $5,000 after he admit-ted to sexually touchingand fondling a female pa-tient. In 2004, Nesbitt ad-mitted that he was guiltyof unprofessional conductby making inappropriatesexual remarks to a patientduring the course of anexamination. Nesbitt wassuspended from practicingmedicine for three monthsand required to attendcounselling by the college.
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