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• Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

It’s been just under four years since the last BC Local Government Election.  How did it go in your community?  Was the four year term a good change?  Did you see any negative impacts with the change from three to four year terms?  Are you thinking of running in the upcoming election?  Plans are well underway for the October election.  I have compiled some of the important election dates that will be happening in this 2018 LG Election.  I hope this helps with some of your questions.

Monday, January 1

  • Start of Election Period
  • The election period begins at the start of the calendar year in which a general local election is held and ends at the close of voting on general voting day. There are a number of recording, reporting and disclosure requirements that apply to candidates, elector organizations and third party advertisers during the election period.

Monday, March 13

  • Candidate B.C. Residency Deadline
  • Last day to meet six month B.C. residency requirement for candidates within the nomination period (September 4 to September 14). A candidate must have been a resident of B.C. for at least six months immediately before being nominated. If you move to B.C. after this date, you will not be qualified as elector on the last day of the nomination period, and therefore you will not be qualified to run for office.
  • Local Government Act section 81(1)©

Friday, March 16

  • Candidate B.C. Residency Deadline (Extended)
  • Last day to meet six month B.C. residency requirement for candidates submitting nomination documents under an extended deadline (September 18) due to insufficient candidates.
  • Local Government Act section 81(1)©

Thursday, April 19

  • Elector Residency Deadline
  • Last day to meet six month B.C. residency requirement for electors registering on general voting day (October 20). You must have been a resident of B.C. for at least six months immediately before you register as an elector. If you move to B.C. after this date, you will not be qualified as an elector on general voting day, which is the last opportunity to register as an elector.
  • If you move to B.C. shortly before this date, you may not be able to register or vote at an advance voting opportunity, depending on the precise dates of the move and the advance voting opportunity date.
  • Local Government Act section 65(1)(c) & section 66(1)(d)

Monday, July 9

  • Election Bylaw Adoption Deadline
  • Last day for a local government to adopt its election bylaw if a new bylaw or amendments to its existing bylaw are required. A local government election bylaw is one that deals with any matter authorized under Part 3 of the Local Government Act, including use of the provincial voter’s list, use of voting machines, advance voting opportunities, and regulation of election signs.
  • Changes or new provisions that are adopted by a municipal council or regional district board after this date do not apply to the 2018 general local election.
  • Local Government Act section 56
  • Sunday August 5
  • Start of Period for Notice of Nominations
  • First day for giving notice of the nomination period. At least two notices must be published between August 5 and August 28.
  • Local Government Act section 85(1)
  • Start of Period for Notice of List of Registered Electors
  • First day for giving notice that:
    • A copy of the list of registered electors is available for public inspection at the local government offices starting August 7 until the end of general voting (October 20)
    • An elector may request that their personal information be omitted from or obscured on the list
    • An objection to the registration of a person as an elector may be made between August 7 and 4:00 p.m. local time on October 20

Local Government Act section 77(6)

Tuesday, August 21

  • End of Period for Notice of Close of Advance Elector Registration
  • Last day for notice of the closed period for advance elector registration. Note: you can only register as an elector in advance if the local government uses a list of registered electors.

Local Government Act section 71(5)

Tuesday, August 28

  • End of Period for Notice of Nominations
  • Last day for giving second notice of the nomination period. At least two notices must be published between August 5 and August 28.

Local Government Act section 85(1)

  • End of Period for Notice of List of Registered Electors
  • Last day for giving notice that:
    • A copy of the list of registered electors is available for public inspection at the local government offices until the end of general voting (October 20)
    • An elector may request that their personal information be omitted from or obscured on the list
    • An objection to the registration of a person as an elector may be made between August 5/August 7 and 4:00 p.m. local time on October 20

At least two notices must be published between August 5 and August 28. Note: The list of electors and the opportunity for you to object to the registration of an elector are only available if the local government uses a list of registered electors.

Local Government Act section 85(1) & section 77(6)

  • End of Advance Elector Registration
  • Advance elector registration closes. If you wish to register as an elector for the 2018 general local elections after this date, you must do so at the time of voting. Note: Some local governments do not provide advance registration – all electors in those jurisdictions register on the day of voting.

Local Government Act section 71(4)

  • Last Day for Withdrawal of Non-resident Property Elector Consent
  • Last day for withdrawing consent for non-resident property elector. If you are a registered owner who has consented to the registration of another registered owner of a property as a non-resident property elector in relation to the shared property, you may withdraw your consent by delivering a written withdrawal to the municipal or regional district office.

If the number of individuals who have given consent falls below a majority of the registered owners on or before this date, the person registered as the non-resident property elector in relation to the property, ceases to be entitled to be registered and vote in the 2018 general local election. If this occurs after August 28, the person registered ceases to be entitled to be registered and vote after the 2018 general local election.

Local Government Act section 66(8)

Tuesday, September 4

  • Start of Nomination Period
  • Nomination period begins at 9:00 a.m. local time. Nominations are effective upon delivery to the chief election officer or a person designated by the chief election officer. You may inspect nomination documents from the time of their delivery until November 23.

Local Government Act section 84(1)

  • Start of Challenge to Nomination and Endorsement Period
  • You may challenge a candidate’s nomination or their endorsement by an elector organization at any time between when the nomination documents were delivered and 4:00 p.m. local time on September 18.

Local Government Act section 91 & section 96

Friday, September 14

  • End of Nomination Period
  • Nomination period ends at 4:00 p.m. local time. Nomination documents may be delivered by hand, by mail or other delivery service or by facsimile or email transmission with originals to follow. If the original nomination documents delivered by facsimile transmission or email are not received by the local chief election officer by the end of office hours on September 21, the person nominated is deemed to have withdrawn from being a candidate in the election.

Local Government Act section 84(1) & section 89(5)

  • Declaration of Candidates
  • Following the end of nomination period all nominees are declared candidates. If there are fewer candidates than positions to be elected, the nomination period is extended to September 17 at 4:00 p.m. local time, at which time all subsequent nominees are also declared candidates. Notice of the extension of nominations must be published if reasonably possible.

Local Government Act s. 97(1) & section 97(2)

Monday, September 17

  • End of Extended Nomination Period
  • Extended nomination period ends at 4:00pm local time if the nomination period was extended due to insufficient candidates.

Local Government Act section 97(2)

Tuesday, September 18

  • End of Challenge to Nomination and Endorsement Period
  • The period for you to challenge a candidate’s nomination or their endorsement by an elector organization through the courts ends at 4:00 p.m. local time.

Local Government Act section 91 & section 96

Thursday, September 20

  • Start of Period for Notice of Election
  • First day to publish notice of election. At least two notices must be published in the period between September 20 and October 13 for the general voting opportunity on October 20.

Local Government Act section 99(1)

Friday, September 21

  • Finalization of Candidates
  • Deadline is 4:00 p.m. local time for:
    • Court decision on challenge of nomination. If a nomination is challenged, the court can:
      • Confirm the person as a candidate or declare that the person is no longer a candidate;
      • Declare that the person is or is not entitled to have the usual name indicated in the nomination documents used on the ballot;
      • Declare that the election organization named in the nomination documents is or is not entitled to have its endorsement included on the ballot.
    • Withdrawal of candidates. A candidate cannot withdraw after 4:00 p.m. local time on this date unless it is approved by the Minister responsible for the Local Government Act.
    • Withdrawal of elector organization endorsement. An elector organization can withdraw its endorsement or a candidate can withdraw the request to have an elector organization endorsement appear on the ballot by delivering signed documents to the local chief election officer.
    • Deadline for receiving originals of faxed or emailed nomination documents at end of office hours.
  • Local Government Act section 91(9), section 95, section 101(1), section 96(8) and section 89(5)
  • End of Election Period
  • Election period ends at 12:00 Midnight.

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act section 10(1)

Saturday September 22

  • Start of Campaign Period
  • Campaign period begins at 12:01 AM. Expense limits apply to candidates, elector organizations and third party advertisers during the campaign period.

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act section 10(2)

Monday, September 24

  • Declaration of Election by Voting or Acclamation
  • Declaration of election by voting or acclamation, as applicable, at 4:00 p.m. local time. If there are more candidates for an office than there are to be elected for the office, the local chief election officer must declare that an election by voting is to be held. If there are fewer candidates, the local chief election officer must declare the candidate or candidates elected by acclamation.

Local Government Act section 98(2) & section 98(3)

Wednesday, October 10

  • Required Advance Voting Opportunity
  • Required advance voting opportunity from 8:00 a.m. local time to 8:00 p.m. local time in all jurisdictions. You may vote at an advance voting opportunity even if you will be present in the jurisdiction on general voting day (October 20).

Local Government Act section 107(1)

Saturday, October 13

  • End of Period for Notice of Election
  • Last day to publish notice of election. At least two notices must be published between September 20 and October 13 for the general voting opportunity on October 20.

Local Government Act section 99(1)

Saturday, October 20

  • General Voting Day
  • General voting day from 8:00 a.m. local time to 8:00 p.m. local time in all jurisdictions.

Local Government Act section 52

  • Mail Ballot Voting
  • Mail ballots must be received by the local chief election officer by 8:00 p.m. to be counted. Late mail ballots are not considered, regardless of postmark or other proof of effort to deliver by this date.

Local Government Act section 110(9)

  • Announcement of Preliminary Results
  • The local chief election officer may announce the preliminary election results prior to the declaration of the official election results.

Local Government Act section 144(1)

  • End of Period for Inspection of List of Electors
  • Public inspection of list of electors ends at 8:00 p.m. local time. The list of electors is only available if the local government uses a list of registered electors to record advance elector registrations. Public inspection of the list of registered electors does not include entitlement to a copy of the list.

Local Government Act section 77(3)

  • End of Campaign Period
  • The campaign period in relation to an election ends at the close of voting on general voting day.

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act section 10(2)

Monday, October 22

  • Determination of Official Voting Results
  • Official voting results must be determined before declaration of official election results on October 24.

Local Government Act section 145

  • Start of Advance Registration for Next Election
  • Advance elector registration re-opens for a local government that chooses to use a list of registered electors.

Local Government Act section 71(4)

Wednesday, October 24

  • Last Day for Declaration of Official Election Results by Voting
  • Deadline to declare official election results is 4:00 p.m. local time. The local chief election officer may make the declaration of official election results at any time in the period between the close of general voting (October 20) and this time and date.

Local Government Act section 146(1)

  • Last day for Declaration of Official Election Results by Acclamation
  • Last day to report official results of an election by acclamation. The local chief election officer must submit a report of the election results to the local government within 30 days after the declaration of official election results by acclamation.

Local Government Act section 158(1)

  • Start of Period to Apply for Judicial Recount
  • First day you may make an application for judicial recount to the Provincial court, if official election results declared on the last possible day. The time period during which an application may be made is limited to the time between the declaration of official election results and October 29.

Local Government Act section 148(3)

Monday, October 29

  • End of Period to Apply for Judicial Recount
  • Last day for applications for judicial recount to the Provincial court. The time period during which you can make an application is limited to the time between the declaration of official election results and nine days after the close of general voting.

Local Government Act section 148(3)

Tuesday, October 30

  • Start Period to Make Oath of Office
  • First day a candidate elected by voting may make oath of office. If an application for a judicial recount of an election is made to the Provincial court, a candidate declared elected in the election is not entitled to make the oath of office until the recount has been completed and the candidate’s election has been confirmed, unless permitted by the Provincial court. The court may authorize a candidate who has been declared elected to make the oath of office if the court is satisfied that the candidate’s election will not be affected by the results of the judicial recount.

Local Government Act section 147(1

Friday, January 18

  • End of Period to File Disclosure Statement with Elections BC
  • Deadline to file campaign financing disclosure statements by candidates, elector organizations and third party sponsors. A disclosure statement is required to be filed with Elections BC even if the candidate received no campaign contributions, incurred no election expenses, was acclaimed, died, withdrew from the election, or was declared by a court to no longer be a candidate.

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act section 47(1), section 56 & section 90

Monday, January 21

  • Start of Period for Late Filing of Disclosure Statement with Elections BC
  • All outstanding disclosure statements (candidate, elector organization, third party sponsor) are subject to a $500 late filing fee if they are filed starting on this date. Late filing is allowed until February 18 if accompanied by the late filing fee.

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act section 47(2) & section 56

 

 

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• Friday, November 25th, 2016

 

Not Bad For an Old LadyI want to thank all of you, my friends and family for your caring and thoughtfulness over the past couple of weeks. It truly touched my heart to understand how much you all care for my family. Here is a little something that is on my heart today as I get ready to go pick up my mom’s remains.

 

My mom and I loved road trips. In fact over the past five or six years we have made a lot of trips, whether to Saskatchewan to visit Dad and family or to someplace else just to look around. Mom loved getting out and seeing the world. I would pick her up, and ask her how she was and she would always answer in her typical Joan way, “Not bad for a grouchy old lady”.

 

Once we were on the road, we would talk. We would talk about the past, about the present and about the future. I learned so much about my mom during our road trips. I learned about her life and her dreams. I learned about her disappointments and regrets and we would laugh. For some reason mom thought I was really funny, so we spent a lot of time laughing.

 

Mom used to floss her teeth when we travelled. One time we were traveling to Saskatoon, mom was busy flossing her pearly whites and the floss broke in her teeth. She tried to pull the short piece of floss out that was stuck in between her teeth but couldn’t get it. I turned to her to see what the problem was, she smiled and there was this string hanging out of her chompers. I had to pull over, I was laughing so hard. She had me try to pull the floss out and I couldn’t get it….it was stuck solid. Finally I found a pair of pliers and managed to get the floss out of her teeth. We laughed so hard as we imagined the scenarios that could have happened if we hadn’t managed to release the stubborn floss. I cherished those moments getting to know her.

 

I remember the last time we travelled together to Saskatoon I left my mom there to visit family and I returned home. A couple of months later she called and said “Jerrilyn, come pick me up, I’m ready to go home.” I remember trying to explain to mom that It was a bad time for me to travel. I told her that I would come pick her up in two weeks when Dante was out of school for Christmas break…. but mom insisted…”No, come pick me up now, I’m ready to go home”. So I packed up Dante and Dakota (who was very pregnant at the time}, drove to Saskatoon and picked mom up.

 

Today, I pick my mom up for the last time. I know that there will be no reply when I ask her how she is doing and no laughter as I drive her home. I know that what I know of my mother’s life is all I will ever know. I will not hear any more stories from her about what it was like growing up on the farm in Dahlton or how, when I was born, she couldn’t afford to buy new baby items so she had to use what she was given or found at thrift stores. She ended up with a blanket that she really liked but it was pilled. So she spent hours picking every pill off of that blanket so when she brought me home, I would be wrapped in a soft blanket. Or how when Alan was a baby she was waxing the floor and when she went to get the can of wax it was gone….and apparently so was I. She walked into Alan’s room to find me pouring the wax over him and him contentedly splashing in it. Or when we were young, the dog had chewed the cord to the vacuum cleaner when it was plugged in and Alan grabbed the bare wire. I, being the considerate sister ran and told Mom that Alan had started smoking. I could go on and on with her stories, but for now I will just treasure them in my heart.

 

As I ready myself to go pick up Mom for the last time, I can’t help but picture in my mind that on that Monday, Sept 19th Mom sent a prayer up saying…”God…..Come pick me up, I’m ready to go” and when He arrived to take her home permanently, He leaned over and looked at her, his eyes filled with love and asked, “Hey Joanie my child, how are you doing?” And mom looking at Him and with a big smile on her face replying, “Yo Yo Yo…Not bad for a grouchy old lady.

 

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• Monday, January 04th, 2016

So here it is….my first truly political post of this election and it is not a post about who to or who not to vote for. I don’t care if you are Red, Blue, Orange or Green in your political leanings. I don’t care who you voted for, I do however care that you voted. I don’t care if you liked Harper or disliked Harper. It just amazes me that people around the world see Canadians as so polite and yet the things Canadians have said about Harper in last few days following his defeat are horrible. People….this is a man with a wife and children who just served his country …served us. His family sacrificed and he sacrificed. Of course he made bad decisions and bad judgement calls at times…..just like EVERY other Prime Minister Canada has , and he made great decisions at times….just like EVERY other Prime Minister Canada has. But in the end, he is a man and he has a family who deserve our thanks and our respect as they move on into the next stage of their lives. Wouldn’t it show the world a much better side of Canada if we could put away our verbal swords and poison for awhile and thank this man who saw our country through many difficult times?

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• Monday, September 21st, 2015

You probably won’t believe this but I have friends who are die hard Conservatives,  I have friends who are die hard Liberals and I have  friends who are die hard NDP supporters.  This isn’t in itself unusual I suppose, but it does influence how I post on Facebook and other social media sites.

The funny thing about elections is that they can batter and even destroy friendships and acquaintances.  When I was a child my Dad and Mom told me “never discuss politics, religion or sex”.  As an adult I think about this and am pretty sure they didn’t mean …EVER.  I think what my parents meant is “never just begin spewing negative political, religious or sexual thoughts randomly” because you will, in all likelihood, end up offending someone.

Have you noticed how, on social media sites, people randomly post thoughts about political parties and leaders, religious belief systems and sexual orientation.  Most of these posts are cloaked in humour, but alas, even an offensive remark that is well concealed in humour, does damage and puts others on the defence.

In the last month I have seen more disparaging political party posts than I have since……well, since the last federal election.  Some are really, really funny, some are clever and some are just down right mean.  I have also seen posts from people saying, “if anyone on my friend list posts anything negative about ________, I will unfriend you.  Just like that!

Why do we let politics become this divisive?  When you look at this  Federal Election, be cognisant that we are choosing a person and a party to run this country, to manage and be fiscally responsible with yours and my tax dollars.  This election will determine the future of our country. Instead of using this election as an opportunity to show the world  how much we love our country and how important this election is, we turn it into a three ring circus and make a mockery of our political foundations.  Why is that?

We owe it to ourselves, and to this Country we call home, to handle this election with tact and dignity.  We are not going to change the way someone votes because we have posted a joke about a candidate’s bad breath, or by comparing a Canadian leadership hopeful to Donald Trump.  We may however impact people by promoting what and why we support a certain party.

But I believe the best way to influence people is by encouraging them to listen to the candidates, read what each party stands for and then GET OUT AND VOTE.  I know I said that rather loudly, but voting is the one thing that could change our country’s direction. If more people…especially young people, got out and voted,  It would change the face of Canadian politics.  Canada needs a generation of committed voters.

More to come…….

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• Saturday, September 19th, 2015

I hear people complaining that Federal level politics becomes nothing more than smear campaigns and criticism of candidates and Parties. The problem I see is that many people post negative comments about the looks, personality, character of the candidates on FB and other social media sites ( I’m not being party specific ). I’ve always believed politics should be about what’s best for our country and the people of Canada rather than mocking and disrespecting the people who are running to lead our country. Wouldn’t it be a more effective use of our minds to concentrate on the issues rather than running down the candidates. I believe the negativity and disrespect we show the candidates and parties, is a huge part of the reason there is so much apathy in Canada when it comes to political voting.

End of thought!

 

And speaking of love…Sadie and Chuck

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• Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Well, 2014 was quite the year…filled with great successes as well as great losses. And here we are, on the verge of 2015, not knowing what the year ahead will hold but sure that it will hold change and with change comes great successes and great losses.

Last year I wished you a year of making mistakes because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. (thank you Neil Gaiman for those words of wisdom).

This year I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.

 



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• Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Christmas So Far…And a Journey Back

I Love these girls!!! I”m so proud of each of them and their amazing little personalities (Grandma’s comments)

It’s my favorite time of the year! And also the time of year where I feel the most disorganized and NOT on top of things. Ididn’t get Christmas cards done again this year….and even if I had, I lost my address book in our move last year, so I have the process of re-collecting addresses ahead of me. We didn’t get lights up outside because of reno’s, and the inside is only partially decorated. I’ve done no Christmas crafts with the girls yet, and no baking for ourselves or to share with the neighbors. Needless to say, my decorating skills leave lots to be desired.
All of that aside, the Christmas season is alive and well in our home. The girls are good at making sure that Christmas music is pretty much always on, and that sets the mood well!

This year we bought our tree in town. I let Danica pick it out, and I think it’s probably the most perfect tree we’ve ever had. Seriously. That girl has a good eye!

And since this season is all about the “spirit of Christmas” anyways, I think we’ve nailed it :) besides, my favorite part of Christmas is the people.

We’ve also done gingerbread decorating…so I suppose that could count as a “craft” lol.

I wrote a small article for the paper from the town I grew up in, Tumbler Ridge. I’d like to share the article here….it covers my favorite memories of Christmas.
All I want for Christmas is for our girls to lock some of their own precious moments into their hearts, so they can share them with their children!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

“In 1986, our family moved from Faro, Yukon to the brand new town of Tumbler Ridge so my dad could work at the mine. I was only 3 years old, but there are some things that I remember so vividly. I can still remember my first day of kindergarten at TRE, going for picnics at flatbed, and eating burgers with my family at D&G Burgers.
Now that I’ve grown up, I didn’t go very far. I married a man from Carstairs, Alberta, and we live on a quarter section of land on the Tumbler Highway outside of Dawson Creek with our five daughters.
One of my favorite things about living here is that I’m still close to Tumbler. My mom still lives there, and we get to come visit her lots. On any given drive to Tumbler, I can be seen turning down the radio and telling my girls stories of what it was like to grow up there. “When I was a little girl here, it was so quiet that we could ride our bikes down the streets and not see more than one or two cars!” Or “if you take this trail, you can walk up the mountain to the bald spot. My friends and I used to go often when we were teenagers.” They love when I tell them about Grizzly Valley Days, and the parades we used to have.
And at this time of year, I tell them about the Christmas Eve Service growing up, and how we always had an open house at my mom’s after.
I have always appreciated that my mom is a warm, kind person, but it’s because of that, combined with her extreme hospitality, that my childhood memories are as cheerful as they are.
Our home was open to everyone. We had a small, cozy house, but the size didn’t stop mom. I remember years where we were all standing shoulder to shoulder visiting, laughing, and eating….and those memories are some of the happiest! We always had such a family-like closeness with our friends there, and I’ll never forget those relationships.
Christmas looks different now, but I cherish the years that Daniel and I can bring our girls to Tumbler for Christmas. I love being able to recreate some of that Christmas magic I felt as a girl there.
Merry Christmas to my mom, and all of the other extraordinary residents who make Tumbler Ridge what it is!”

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• Thursday, December 11th, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYwF-IXpbNk&spfreload=10

This song by Jason Mraz says it so well….

“3 Things”

There are three things I do when my life falls apart
Number one I cry my eyes out and dry up my heart
Not until I do this will my new life start
So that’s the first thing that I do when my life falls apart.

Oh, the second thing I do is I close both of my eyes
And say my thank-yous to each and every moment of my life.
I go where I know the love is and let it fill me up inside
Gathering new strength from sorrow,
I’m glad to be alive.

Things are looking up
I know above the clouds the sun is shining
Things are looking up
Love is still the answer I’m relying
On
Three little things
Things are looking up

The third thing that I do now when my world caves in,
is I pause, I take a breath, and bow and I let that chapter end.
I design my future bright not by where my life has been.
And I try, try, try, try, try again.
Yes I try, try, try, try, try again.

Things are looking up
I know beyond the dark the sun is rising
Things are looking up
And I know above the clouds the sun is shining
Things are looking
Love is still the answer I’m relying
On
Three little things
Three little things

 

 

 

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• Thursday, December 11th, 2014

I want to tell you about something that happened today, something that shattered me, not in a bad way but in a way that will allow me to move forward. While I’m doing that I will tell you a little about where I’ve been this last month

November was a tough month for me.  I ran in an election, I was the incumbent and I lost, it was close, but I lost.  To understand what this loss meant, you should  know that I am passionate about what I do. I am one of those people who gives it all when I do something.  I believed that it is an great honour and a huge responsibility to be elected. I gave it my all. I grew to love the people and their straightforward, no nonsense way of letting me know what they wanted and what they didn’t want.  When I ran for this position initially I knew I wanted to do the best job I could at representing the people so I chose to make this my career.  I put myself out there and ended up serving on regional, provincial and federal committees and organizations, doing this because it gave the region a voice at various levels of government, this was a win/win for the area. Like I said, it was my passion, it was who I was and the loss hit me like a sledgehammer to the gut or more like a sledgehammer to the heart. It has left me reeling. Being a single mom of a teenager in a small community that has 1200 people out of work makes it feel even more harsh.

What do I do now? How will I afford to raise a teenager? Advocating for people is my life and when you are voted off the Island, there doesn’t seem to be any other land in sight. People keep telling me “When one door closes, another door opens” but there is this period of time when all the doors are shut and it is very dark and that is where I am now, looking for dry land in a very dark place.

Now, it may seem that I’m taking this opportunity to tell you about what is  wrong in my life, but please bare with me…I’m simply laying the foundation for what happened today.

On Sunday, I left for Saskatchewan to pick up my mom (who had knee surgery), she wanted to come stay with me and she wanted to come right now.  It is a bad time of the year to be travelling but sometimes you drop everything and go. I knew that I could also visit my dad who is in a long term care facility just outside of Saskatoon but it had to be a super quick trip.  I had to take my daughter out of school so she would get the chance to see her Grandpa and my second youngest daughter also decided to come so she could see Grandpa.  Like I said, bad time of year, rushed trip, 28 hours of driving in three days, and in case you haven’t figured it out yet, a person who really doesn’t want to make the trip.

I admit that I have been feeling a little sorry for myself about the state of my life…no job, a child to support, a father who has gone downhill very quickly and a mom who needs taking care of. By the way…Local Government representatives, Mayors, Councillors, Directors, can’t collect EI if they are not re-elected, so that has added to the panic of not having a job.

So we drove the 14  hours to Saskatchewan, The next day I visited my Dad, shopped for things he needed, had a birthday party for him and then headed to the hotel so we could be up by 5 AM to pick up mom, cram another body and luggage into the Jetta, and drive the 15 hours home.  On the way home we decided to spend the night with my daughter in Grande Prairie so my mom could have a break from sitting in one position.

The next day, before leaving for home we decided to splurge and have breakfast/lunch at Cora’s in Grande Prairie. Now this is the part I wanted to tell you about.

We had a lovely meal and when we went to pay for our food the waitress said, “it’s been taken care of”.

I said, “I’m sorry, I don’t understand”

and she said,  ”Santa took care of it”.

I, the master of words, looked at her and said, ” I don’t get it”.

She looked at me patiently, smiled and said, ” There was a gentleman in here who paid for  your meals.”

I, again not grasping what had happened said “why?”

She explained that she didn’t know why, he just did.

I don’t know why this hit me so hard but something inside of me shattered and as I stood there, the tears started flowing….I was a mess.

I said, “Please, if you ever see him again. Tell him thank you, this meant more to me than he will ever know”.

I have to admit, it was uncomfortable being on the receiving end of such an amazing act of generosity.  It humbled me and made me realize so many things about myself, things I won’t bore you with.  It keeps going through my heart and my head, “how did this person know that I was having such a rough go of it?” “Why us in a restaurant full of people?” I guess I will never know.  What is important though is something shattered inside of me because of this.  I’m not sure what it is but every time I think about what this complete stranger did, those things that were blocking my joy and making me focus on myself rather than others seem to be breaking off.

What I am left with, once the feeling sorry for myself is scraped away by a stranger’s act of kindness, is a rawness that will heal eventually.The quote below says it better than I can…
So, stranger, if you are out there and happen to read this….Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your random act of kindness made a big change in my life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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• Friday, November 14th, 2014

With regard to the proposal for water and sewer in the four electoral areas.

As the Director for Area E, I hear you loud and clear and I promise you that I will take your concerns back for discussion and action before any decision on this subject is made.  You have given me the ammunition I need to make sure that your concerns are addressed. Following are some of the concerns that I have heard at ALL the Area E meetings.  I will be bringing these forward at the next PRRD board meeting. Thank you for your input in this consultation process and call me at 250-242-8047 if there are any points I have missed or with any questions or concerns.

  1. Area E residents have stated emphatically that they are in opposition to the proposal as they feel there is not going to benefit them
  2. They don’t need this because they have spent thousands of dollars on developing our own sewer lagoons and do not want to support providing sewer services for others. Nobody helped them pay for their lagoons.  Why should they be forced to help others pay for their sewage disposal or water as there is currently no consideration being given by Chetwynd or Dawson Creek to stop providing service to Area E residents.
  3. Residents should not have to go out and find 10% of the voters to oppose this proposal. They are content with the way things are now and are not looking for any change. The Alternate Approval Process forces the residents to do the leg work and spend their own time and money to force a referendum or stop this proposal.
  4. The AAP is like saying to us, you do the leg work and even if you find 10 % of the eligible voters to oppose there will probably be a referendum.  Might as well go to referendum and scrap the AAP.
  5. They don’t like to be lumped in with the rest of the electoral areas as it means the most heavily populated area, which is also the area that requires the service, will probably win the vote.
  6. Why is this proposed to occur on land and improvements:  Sounds like double taxation.  If residents are not asking for something, don’t push it on them and tax them for it.