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Richard at Long point
Richard at Long point
Richard at Long point

Job Seeking 2.0

It is definitely not the 1980’s anymore. The work environment today has experienced a monumental shift. It is as profound as that of the Industrial Revolution, but much more subtle and, in many ways, invisible. Prior to emails and websites, human resources department were exactly that, human.

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A Way Forward

In my almost thirty years working in the Arctic, mostly as a management consultant, I helped many Inuit and Dene councils and government departments develop strategic plans. An essential part of these plans was a vision. The overall vision provided an organizational context for these groups. They pointed the way forward into the future.

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Yes Vote on Cumberland Referendum Benefits Two Projects

If Cumberland voters approve up to $4.4 million in borrowing to bring the village’s treatment plant up to provincial standards, it will help to acquire grants and free up funds for a new fire hall. Cumberland voters have an extra and important box to check on their municipal ballots this year. Besides picking a mayor and four councillors, residents will decide if the village can borrow money to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant.

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Ah! October 17

Wednesday, October 17—the long awaited day that Marijuana became legal in Canada, I went looking for Ernie Yacub. If anyone in the Comox Valley would have a long list of reasons to be celebrating legal weed day in Canada, it had to be Ernie. For over twenty years, Ernie has been the Comox Valley’s most outstanding guiding force behind and voice for the legalization of marijuana.

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From Activism to Running for Mayor

With Saturday as the last voting day, I am reminded of my own journey from activist to candidate for mayor. The fact that, as a new resident of Comox , I cannot vote in this election because I have not lived here for at least six months, is not lost on me. I am the observer of the dialogue on both sides, that of the citizen and taxpayer as well as those running for office. Technically, they are one and the same.

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Robocalls, Fake News and Other Election Shenanigans

It’s just three days before the majority of voters will choose Comox Valley mayors, councils and school trustees, and the silly season is in full swing. Many voters have already cast their ballots for mayors, council members, rural area directors and school district trustees, and advance voting for the Oct. 20 election continues tomorrow, Oct. 17, at various locations. Meanwhile, here’s some of what’s been going on in the various campaigns.

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You Can Make a Difference

If you want to see a Courtenay Council that reflects the desires of city residents to have a beautiful, healthy, vibrant community that cares at least as much for ordinary citizens and a healthy valley as it does for the interests of big money, secretively funded “old boys” then you need to know this important fact about the upcoming municipal election: the Dogwood Initiative is NOT doing a pre election phone out to ensure progressive electors get out to vote.

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Life and Death

There are probably no other two words in the English language with more contrasting reactions when we hear them being spoken together in one phrase. Yet, they are intimately joined to remind us of the ultimate purpose of our journey. If you wake up tomorrow morning, and no, it is not a forgone conclusion, then you can be everything and anything you wish to be. Too many of us know how the illness of a close friend or spouse can radically change our way of automatically living our lives within the confines of our thoughts.

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Citizen Workers Vote October 20th!

On October 20th citizens all across BC will have an opportunity to elect mayors, councilors, and area directors – the leadership of our local government. Unfortunately, only about 25-35 per cent of those citizens will exercise that right. As a participant, a few years back, in a group called the Citizens Voice Project, I feel strongly that not voting in these elections is a serious omission. Local governments are the most accessible level of democratic expression and City Hall, in many ways, has the most influence on people’s day to day lives.

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