What has seemed like the summer that would never end, is coming to a close as the last days of August loom before me.
I’ll be honest. I don’t want these days here to end. They’ve been challenging, relaxing, inspiring and rejuvenating.
Nelson says it so well…that is exactly how I feel. I’m writing copiously. Not looking at clocks. To be honest some days I don’t even know what day, or date it is. We eat when hungry. Sleep when tired. Play in between. I just realized I’ve been nearly vegetarian for over a week. There’s something very strangely wonderful about this place….lol.
But in between all this I keep tabs here and there where I can and a few items need your attention.
- Fort St. John food banks need help: We all know that the summer months are tough months for food banks. People are on holiday, enjoying a break, everyone is tapped out from summer vacation and well.. to be honest most people don’t think about those down on their luck during the summer.But in a resource driven town like Fort St. John, it’s reached a breaking point as local food banks and services are inundated with people in need.Considering how people stepped up in Metro Vancouver to help those of Fort Mac during the fires, I think it’s the right thing to do to step up and help our own here in BC north of us. After all,northern and interior BC sustained all of us for many years via forestry and resources. Time to return the favour for those families needing some assistance.
I urge anyone who can, to please make a small donation via these two links,or if there are any food suppliers out there willing to ship some items up, that would be great too. I know you are out there. 🙂 To donate to the Salvation Army food bank, head to this link and scroll down to designate Fort St.John as the unit to apply the donation to. http://www.salvationarmy.ca/donate-now/
And, you can donate online to the Fort St. John Womens Resource Society that assists women and children, and has a food bank as well. http://www.fsjwrs.ca/
To me, this matters. Every dollar or donation helps. So if you can, please do. If we can take care of people in Alberta, we can take care of the people here in BC’s north too.
- Site C legal challenge federal court date approaches… Although I must point out it is September 12th, not the 14th as in this article. It was moved up by two days and perhaps not so ironically, that made it hard for people who had booked the 14th, to rebook the 12th at an affordable rate.Dozens of Treaty 8 members are planning a caravan across Canada to connect with people along the way to the court hearing. And they need help to reach their goal. Lead Now is processing donations for them via online donations and there is a cheque option. Considering the recent Enbridge ruling that many say sets a new precedent for mega projects involving First Nations rights, this is one court hearing to pay attention to no matter where you are. And while you are at it, you have until August 31st to sign the official parliamentary E-petition on Site C, here: https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-324
Disability bus pass debacle and raise the rates rallies set! Food or Bus Pass? That’s not a choice people with disabilities should have to make.
- Victoria: Thursday September 1st, 12pm to 1 pm at 908 Pandora street, Ministry of Social Development
- Vancouver: Thursday September 1st, 11am to 12pm at Commercial Broadway Skytrain Station
- Nanaimo: Wednesday August 31st, 11 am to 1 pm, corner of Wallace and Campbell
And of course BC Hydro would be before the BC Utilities Commission during summer vacation on two tier billing… something that really impacts customers who rely entirely on Hydro for power and heat. A big thank you to Dave for bringing this in the comments section of my last post:
“You only have till Sept. 2 to comment to the BC Utilities Commission on proposed tier 2 electrical rate increases, which in effect shift the burden from industry to residences to pay for needless site c expansion and independent power producers.
There have only been about 200 comments submitted so far from the thousands of customers affected. 30,000 customers per year are disconnected compared to 6,000 a few years ago.
There has been a virtual news blackout on this opportunity to comment on the financial burden this places on middle and low income families.
The only allowable comment form which you are instructed to fill out and submit does not download for the majority of computer users and even after being told about this, still the Commission has not corrected it.
We really should take the time to submit our comments or the Commission will report to their masters that there is really no opposition to the increasing subsidy provided by us, the residential taxpayers, to the Murray Edwards of Mt. Polley Mine Disaster and his ilk, since they can now defer their utility bills, pay very minimal corporate tax and pathetic royalties.”
That this is not front page for people to respond to, with such limited time, is a joke. I strongly urge you to share this with everyone you know who may be impacted,particularly seniors and those on limited incomes who will not be able to bear the burden and may not be able to access or submit comment.
One might actually come to the conclusion they didn’t really want you to comment on something that impacts you greatly,considering the rate increases to come.