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ARCHER: Do signs mean anything?

October 17, 2014 - 8:11 AM

If you left your house at all this week, you’ve seen all the election signs that went up after nominations closed last Friday.

They come in all sizes and colours, some with photos, others with their catch phrases. They are all trying to catch the attention of community members—the electorate—and make a name for themselves. Because if all else fails, hopefully a voter will remember a name while tapping their foot at the ballot box deciding who to vote for.

Every election year, people complain about election signs. They are, unfortunately, one of the more annoying features of an election year, but they are important and they must work or there wouldn't be so many. But can we really learn anything about a candidate from their signs?

Coun. John Vassilaki, one of three mayoral candidates, has the biggest, and quite possibly the most signs posted around town, so far. Coun. Andrew Jakubeit (Vassilaki’s toughest competition for mayor) has staked his posts at intersections and roundabouts. His are typically smaller and less flashy, even simple.

But these signs are, well, signs of the candidates themselves. Jakubeit is soft-spoken, articulate and forward-thinking, while Vassilaki is opinionated, business-minded and stern.

When the signs are gone after the votes are cast, we will be left with the personalities, ambitions and decision-making skills of the candidates. Which do you prefer?

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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