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Mayor’s Report

The Mayor’s weekly reports.

Mayor’s Column – January 10, 2018

January 10, 2018   It’s January, noticeably January (though it has warmed by 40 degrees since those last bitter chill days of December), and the commerce of the community is rolling past on steel and rubber with intelligent (I trust), self-aware beings at the controls who, I have to trust, are themselves aware of other…

Mayor’s Column – January 3, 2018

On Art   Art is a window to the soul – or maybe one window through which the soul looks out on the world or views the people and objects inhabiting our space. We have a few pieces of art in our house. None of it is expensive but each piece tells a story or…

Mayor’s Column – December 27, 2017

Hello Chetwynd, here’s wishing you all a happy and prosperous new year that challenges your minds and bodies. I thought you might like a recap of some of the projects that were undertaken in 2017. More detail is available at the District Centre if you need it but this will give you at least an…

Mayor’s Column – December 20, 2017

December 20, 2017   I just completed a teleconference with interested Mayors and the Council of Forest Industries (COFI), the agency that fights our softwood-lumber battles at the level just below Government. As you probably know by now, the International Trade Commission (ITC), a decidedly un-international commission whose reason to be seems to go no…

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…