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Our take: Make becoming informed your resolution
Do you care about the way your community is going to take shape?
Then your timing couldn’t be better.
B.C.’s next civic election happens Nov. 15. That’s the day you can use a pencil and a paper ballot to help elect the local government you want for the next three years.
Yes, that may still seem a long way off. But you are going to need all 11 months to be prepared.The idea is to tune in to the actions and visions of your local leaders, and explore the priorities and motivations of the other candidates sure to emerge.
By paying attention now, you’ll be able to make informed votes with a firm grip on matters affecting you most — not knee-jerk choices about familiar and unfamiliar faces; or worse, not voting and letting others rule your life.
Make no mistake: politics runs our lives at all levels, from property taxes and classroom sizes, to traffic lights and flooding.
And procrastination is the thief of democracy. Don’t wait for a knock at your door. Pay attention. Go to the meetings. Read the news. Ask questions.
Form opinions on issues like the new Cowichan District Hospital, Echo Heights Forest, the University Village, treating dirty-soil near Shawnigan Lake, Stoney Hill Road, Somenos Marsh, arts funding, pool funding, school district organization, priorities and funding, local government spending, economic revitalization, climate change, control of the Cowichan River, crime, and many more sure to emerge.
There is no time like the New Year to start preparing for November’s civic election; you pay to play through various valley taxes.
Don’t let the usual suspects have all the fun.