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Mayor’s Report

The Mayor’s weekly reports.

Mayor’s Column – December 13, 2017

December 13, 2017   Which of you reading this column and seeing the words “economic development” (ED) would actually know the meaning of the term? Would you think of ED as luring a major industry to town and then benefiting from some of the spin-off effects? Is it something else, something less tangible or measurable?…

Mayor’s Column -December 6, 2017

December 6, 2017   If you travel to the ruins of ancient Ephesus, once a thriving shipping and manufacturing metropolis of hundreds of thousands on the west coast of what is modern Turkey, you will walk streets paved with stone marveling at the immense public works accomplished under the Asian sun. (This part of the…

Mayor’s Column – November 29, 2017

November 29, 2017   I skipped a week in writing this column and asked Councillor Clay to share with you his passion on mental health. I appreciate that other members of Council are able to write on topics from which I draw back but which are very important to the health and well being of…

Mayor’s Column – November 22, 2017

November 22, 2017   Drugs and alcohol are not a problem in our society.  Can you believe that I just said that?  Bear with me. It’s been two months since I had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Gabor Mate speak on mental health and addictions at UBCM.  The experience still resonates with me today. …

Mayor’s Column – November 15, 2017

November 15, 2017   The prospect of legalized cannabis less than a year away leaves some people euphoric, if not high, and others uncertain. I am in the uncertain camp. With so many unanswered questions about legal cannabis, I just can’t be mellow. Up front I admit to having never used cannabis, voluntarily, that is,…

Mayor’s Column – November 8, 2017

November 8, 2017   Today is Budget day when Council will deliberate on the values we hold as representatives of the District of Chetwynd. After all, the collective values held determine virtually every outcome. As elected representatives it is assumed that Council values reflect generally the values of the majority of residents, though the values…

Mayor’s Column – November 1, 2017

November 1, 2017   I’ve several times referred in this column to the second law of thermodynamics. In physics it has to do with the degree of randomness or disorder in the system. In other words, it has to do with the degree to which the system is wearing out, falling apart, becoming dysfunctional, reaching…

Mayor’s Column – October 25, 2017

October 25, 2017   When opposite viewpoints express community feelings on a topic, a Council ruling on the topic is bound to make some people happy and others sad, angry, disappointed, or otherwise looking for plan b or c. And so it is when Chetwynd Council rules. How could it be otherwise? We read the…

Mayor’s Column – October 18, 2017

October 18, 2017   Vegas. Chance. Time out. Get away. Lights, glitter, music; old car events, over-sized concerts; friends. Come home with a little more cash than you took. Simple pleasures. Stay alive. How far to Vegas? Not far. A few hours will speed you from the cold cares of life, the snow, the jobs,…

Mayor’s Column – October 11, 2017

October 11, 2017   From time to time the firm plans we make to rationalize our days go blowing in the winds of change and we are compelled to modify, nullify, or otherwise …. our intent. So it happened to me as I was attending the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention in Vancouver.…