Meet the Mayor
January 22, 2014
The heroes of Hydro! Who are those invisible guys who labour in the dark to restore the light of our lives? We don’t see them but silently the lights come on and the familiar hums and buzzes of home once again infest the silence of the night.
It’s easy to criticize and demonize the behemoth that is the corporation of BC Hydro. We may like or dislike dams and we don’t want power lines in our back yards. We’d choose gas generation but please, leave out the CO2. Windmills change the skyline but the power is clean – or is it? Ever calculate the tons of coal it takes to build one wind tower? We want lower rates. Always we want lower rates. And we want it all right now – or never.
It may be a hackneyed statement, but as a rule, man’s a fool; when it’s hot, he wants it cool; when it’s cool, he wants it hot; always wanting what is not. That only works when the lights are on but when the lights go out there is no question about what we want. Light! Now! And also true: too many of us are unprepared for the dark that comes when the lights go out.
Some of us have short memories but do try to recall the last time the lights left you in the dark. Not long enough ago, was it? Too dark to see the wind but hear it we certainly did. Did we stop to think that somewhere out there in the storm, in the dark, in driving sleet and snow, in danger from falling trees and tangled power lines flipping in the gale and spitting fire like enraged snakes, the intrepid line men of BC Hydro were working to restore light and comfort to your home and power to your business.
We, the people of Chetwynd and surrounding areas affected by the storm want all you intrepid linemen to know that we appreciate that you are working round the clock with shifts of up to 16 hours, with only eight hours before you have to strap on your protective gear and clip your tools to your belts and go to work again. We know that some of you have been called in from your own warm homes in far-away parts of BC to fix the damage in our area. If we all didn’t know it, we do now and we honour you for your willingness to risk your own safety for the comfort of strangers. This is the kind of action that makes the world go round. It keeps the country running; it facilitates everything we do in our home town. We are truly grateful.
Oh how sweet is the light of life!
Are you personally prepared for the next time furious nature turns your light into darkness? Smart people won’t be caught in the dark unprepared and without flashlights, candles, water, food, and please, don’t forget the matches.
Merlin Nichols, Mayor