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November 2007 Newsletter


Happy November! For our US readers Happy Thanksgiving, for Canadians, Happy start of winter, for those in the southern hemisphere – enjoy summer, I’ll be skiing in under a month. Just a quick Newsletter this month, to try to catch up on our lives here. Blogging hasn’t been high on the list of priorities over the past few weeks as we’ve been flat out.

City Engineer

The big news around here is my acceptance of the position of Engineer for the City of Rossland, Canada’s Alpine City. As a ski resort town, and recently voted one of Canada’s best places to live by Outdoor Magazine, (March 2007), there is a huge amount of growth and development going on within the City’s bounds. I will be starting on the 17th of December. My current position with WSA Engineering is obviously becoming vacant shortly, if you know anyone with a couple of years experience in Subdivision and Municipal design and Project Management that would fit into the Kootenay’s lifestyle, send me an email with their details! If you’ve got any questions about the region, just ask. For our family it was the best choice out of several open to us in BC and Alberta, with a definite focus on lifestyle and outdoor recreation, summer and winter.

Eating Local

Robyn and I had the pleasure of attending “The Future of Foods in the Kootenays” Conference this week. Being challenged in our concepts of future scenarios and encouraged to move to a self and community sustainable model of food growing and purchasing was excellent. Richard Balfour started the keynote speeches with a gloomy look at the not-too-distant future.I’ll have to see if there is going to be any distribution of podcasts or video of the talks, as some of them were excellent.

Local Happenings

We’ve had another Australian visitor for the past couple of weeks, Eryn May. She’s in the middle of a round the world, post study trip visiting lots of friends. Its been fun to have time to show her around our quite part of the world.

The weather is cooling down very quickly here, with frost penetration gaining ground over the construction crews still working at installing pipes and manholes. With only a little snow forecast for the next few days, and cool nights, it will be interesting to see how quick things freeze up. I’m feeling pretty ready for winter, still got some wood to chop and there’s always opportunities to seal things up better.

Did I tell you we got a new computer? Dell had a deal, and both of our laptops had died, as we got a desktop with a 22 inch monitor. These new computers are so quiet, there is no fan noise to speak of, which is very nice when you are trying to create a peaceful area to work and relax, (we don’t have a TV, so this doubles as our DVD player too.

We’re off to Kelowna in a couple of weeks, looking forward to a couple of days at a course, Robyn and the girls are coming, so they should have fun exploring the city and surrounds too.

Thanks for reading, love to hear what’s happening in your lives and send through any interesting articles or books that you’ve read too.


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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.