Achievements

  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

Dedicated to victory, destroyed by war, urging of peace – The Muller refugee story

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

Why the COP21 “Paris Agreement” Matters

(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

One Year Reflections….

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….

The death of a ‘value based’ democracy….

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….

The case to never again vote NDP, Liberal or Conservative, as long as you live.

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.

‘Learnings’ From the Sechelt AGLG Report

The Auditor General for Local Government has finally released the long anticipated “Learnings From Local Government Capital Procurement Projects and Capital Management Programs – District of Sechelt”. My first inclination, as a Councillor, was to be very relieved:  we can now talk openly about the issues we found at the District since taking office last … More ‘Learnings’ From the Sechelt AGLG Report