Hello everyone! I'm CBC North social media editor Garrett Hinchey and welcome to our live blog of tonight's municipal candidates debate in Iqaluit. Sara Frizzell is at the venue setting up and will live blog throughout the debate, which begins at 6:30.
Sutheat Tim wants to know why simple fixes to the city's finances are not being implemented. Trained as a lawyer and an accountant he wants to ask those questions, especially why Iqaluit spent $300,000 on part-time legal fees instead of hiring a full-time lawyer.
Jean-Luc Nevin has spent all his life in the Qikiqtaaluk region, and his main concern will be food security. As the youngest candidate, he wants to open a dialogue with youth and elders to have imput on the city's issues.
Former city councilor Noah Papatsie wants to tackle the deficit without getting bogged down in the blame-game. If elected he wants to help the council to work together to tackle infrastructure issues and support activities for elders in the community.
Question to Kyle Sheppard about the housing and land development: He wants to move away from the lottery system and open up larger lots for development.
Question about whether city's finances should be looked at by a firm in the South: Stephen Leyden believes that a fix for the city's finances is to bring talent to live in Iqaluit to do the work that needs to be done. He says pay the talent well and that money goes back into the community instead of back down South with contractors. Asked in a follow-up why the city's 2016 statements are yet not available, he says he's a technology "zeros and ones guy" and doesn't have the expertise for "the numbers up to 9"
Answering a question about how Iqaluit can be a capital, Noah Papatsie says Iqaluit needs to reach out to other communities in the territory to work together on larger issues. He also wants to take advantage of the city's diversity to grow.
Sutheat Tim suggests micro-builds and seacan housing could provide some affordable housing, especially for younger people. He wants housing they could buy, instead of making their job decisions based on the availability of staff housing.
Candidate Jean-Luc Nevin has taken every opportunity to ask follow-up questions to his fellow candidates when the audience doesn't use their two allotted questions.
Last question of the debate comes from the moderator -- how will you make the city a safer place to walk? Leyden proposes a trail plan as part of a transit system and traffic law enforcement. An issue Nevin says is his main concern, he proposes more stop signs and crosswalks. Ganesan wants awareness campaigns to go along with that. Papatsie wants a truck lane to avoid pothole damage and to broach the issue in schools.