Survey – Tell it Like it Is

If you haven’t already, please take a couple of minutes and complete the 10 question survey at Save Our Community (SOC)

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HQQJXWZ

For the past 9 years I have tried to raise the warning that our community and rural way of life is in decline.  The good folks at SOC are promoting voting for candidates in the next election who are committed to making the changes necessary to bring us back from the brink.

As anyone who has read my letters or columns, or, listened to me on “The Troublemakers” (every Thursday at 5 – 6:30, CFSI-FM), I am not enamored with our current Islands Trust administration. Six valuable years have been wasted (rewriting an OCP which only needed minor updates) while the community housing crisis has worsened, with only lip service being paid to it. The current proposed “solutions” do nothing to actually increase the housing stock, and, may actually decrease it.

The next two Trustees we elect must bring real solutions forward, and pass them into law, long before their mandate is up. As we all know, our environment is doing fine, thank you. Our community is not. We need to attract young families to replace the “grey tsunami” (retiring baby boomer generation). Without a realistic plan for revitalization, our service industry will continue to be decimated over the next ten years. Without housing young families can afford to purchase, its just another version of the drawbridge mentality – I’m here, why worry about anyone else getting here?

It is time for a change. It is time for common sense and a sense of rurality to prevail. Please pay attention over the next few months and read and listen and talk about the issues.

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