One problem I have had writing from the voice of government is how to relate something that might be remotely interesting to read. Much of what we do is far too boring, albeit, entirely necessary towards the smooth functioning of our society. Rarely does a story of political action live up to anything of wider … More My window onto the creation of a government….
I don’t ever forget that I was elected with the most votes in Sechelt history. It’s something that I think about every week as I do my Council work. That show of support has made me work harder than I ever have before. Looking back over the last 3.5 years, I’m reflecting upon this … More Achievements
Offered as a contribution to the Canada 150 Project, documenting the many contributions made by Canadians of all walks of life to the project that is Canada. Inscription on the Siegestor, Munich DE reads: “Dedicated to victory, destroyed by war, urging of peace” The enduring memory I have of my grandparents is of their … More Dedicated to victory, destroyed by war, urging of peace – The Muller refugee story
I’m very pleased to be writing my first blog post in nearly a year. Admittedly, I have found it difficult to know what to write about in the interim for one primary reason: I made a commitment that this would be a constructive blog. I didn’t embark on this project to take shots at people, … More Planning for Sechelt’s Future
(Audio of my introduction of this topic at Sechelt Regular Council Meeting Dec 16 2015) From Nov 30- Dec 12 2015, 195 Delegate countries met in Paris at COP21 to attempt a multi-lateral solution to the world’s largest and most complex emerging issue: anthropogenic climate change. The ‘Paris Agreement’ (full text) coming out of the … More Why the COP21 “Paris Agreement” Matters
It’s coming up to the first anniversary of Sechelt’s current Council taking office. I’m taking the time to reflect on our momentous first year, and offer a model for the years ahead. I have collected my perspectives and condensed them into an offering for our 2016 Strategic Plan and Budget. (Currently under negotiation) I am … More One Year Reflections….
In the 2015 Canadian General Election we are witnessing the end of ‘values based’ politics in our country. As a nation, we’ve somehow made the #1 issue in this election, by far and away: the latest voter preference poll. This is an unprecedented development for a G8 democracy. Nothing best exposes this more than the … More The death of a ‘value based’ democracy….
There are plenty of juicy plots to enthrall voters in the 2015 election. We’re familiar with lots of these stories from previous years, some new, some old. How do we get rid of Harper? Will there be the first NDP Government ever? Is Justin Trudeau up for the job? Don’t let them raise your taxes! … More The case to never again vote NDP, Liberal or Conservative, as long as you live.
Dear Mr. Murray Dobbin, I am writing to offer some comment on the recent string of vociferous anti Elizabeth May and anti Green Party of Canada articles written by you and your colleagues at The Tyee. In these articles you are proposing that Elizabeth May is both working to elect Conservatives and lying to the … More Dear Mr. Murray Dobbin…..
It’s taken me some time, but I’d like to offer these words in public tribute to my dear friend Daniel Kingsbury. Daniel was our leader, and he will be remembered in sanctity for the works he performed while he was here. Daniel’s passing has left so many of us with deep, grasping questions, and I … More Words in tribute: Daniel Kingsbury