Wendy and I live in a tough neighborhood in Saskatoon. Some of our neighbors struggle and Wendy and I hear about those struggles. For whatever reason they have problems with City Hall and they talk to Wendy about it. The first answer is to have them talk to Darren HIll. The story is always the same. Darren helps them. There is a phrase that you can’t fight City Hall. Well sometimes you don’t have to.
That stuff matters to me. Knowing that people who have had a rough time struggle can get help. They can with Darren. One of Wendy’s co-workers had no luck with her councilor and Wendy mistakenly told her to talk to Darren (thinking about where she worked rather than where she lived). Darren helped her resolve her issue in minutes.
The other reason I endorse him is that a lot of people online think I hate Darren and always want me to run against him. We joke around online and he torments Wendy (It’s a hilarious story and Mark and I are firmly on Darren’s side on this) in person and online but I agree with many of his stands and have no reason to run against him. There were some votes that made me question what he was thinking but overall he does a good job representing the diverse Ward 1 and his constituents and deserves another term on Saskatoon City Council.
Here is funny story to pass along. I can’t remember the reason but someone called The StarPhoenix wanting to talk to me about something. In that situation The StarPhoenix doesn’t give out my cell but I get the message and a return number emailed to me. So I call a women up and somehow it came out of nowhere that she hates Darren so much, she can’t even stand to see his name is writing. Later that day I was talking to him and he knew who I was talking about without me giving him the persons name. He can’t resolve all of the issues but I know he has made an effort on so many of them. For the record, I think that hating an elected official so much you hate to see their name in print in next level.
About that photo, I grabbed it from Flickr account and at first glance, the photo’s thumbnail looked like he was dropping a baby. Instead he is campaigning for white tigers votes at the Saskatoon Zoo. You just know that sometime during this photo op there was some bloodshed as the tiger tried to attack him.