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Mayor’s Report – April 6, 2016

April 6, 2016


The regular, predictable, and joyous arrival of spring once again assures us that there is something dependable in this confused and confusing world. And that is good enough to be true. Without the regular cycle of the seasons as the Creator promised, the return of daylight after the dark, and the appearance of the constellations in their usual places in the night sky, we would have little on which to rest our hopes. Certainly there is not much on which to depend solidly in the world of politics, finance, or social mores. Certainly the scientific method has not given us unequivocal cause to hope in the hopes of humanity.

That said, I hasten to assure you that I am not in a depression. I face the future with well-founded interest and optimism.

When you read this I expect to be at the Council of Forest Industries (COFI) convention getting my latest update on the state of the forest industry in British Columbia – which means the state of the forest industry in the world, which means the state of the forest industry in Chetwynd for the next few months. The COFI convention is usually attended by all the big names in forestry from governance to prediction to planning to production to distribution. I always find the sessions fascinating, informative, and entertaining (in the most sober sense of the word).

We are now waiting with heightened attention the outcome of the US Presidential election in which Canada’s interest is more than academic. The person who occupies the oval office can do much, or little, for cross-border trade which includes the trade on which Chetwynd depends to buy groceries and gas, hence, the avidity with which we follow the fortunes of the contenders.

I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. I just want you to know that as your elected Mayor and Council we might have to re-evaluate District of Chetwynd priorities in the next months or years. Granted, Council can’t or shouldn’t sway with every breeze that wafts by, but if a sustained gale is indicated we will have to make sure that all the loose ends are tied securely.

So for now, it is business as usual with an eye to the barometer and the Canada Weather Office web site. Part of that business as usual happened on March 29 when I signed the contract for construction of the new sewer system. It is going to happen and Chetwynd will be brought into compliance with the Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) discharge limit imposed on the District by the Ministry of Environment.

More business as usual: I had a tour through Chetwynd’s soon-to-be-new Tourist Information Centre (formerly the District Office), also on March 29. Renos are almost complete and it is lovely. You’ll want to come in on opening day for your own up-to-the-moment information. Watch for the date.

In the meantime, keep looking up, going forward with focused energy; Chetwynd is here for the long haul.


Merlin Nichols, Mayor