Public Investment Decisions

As I am headed to Vancouver for a couple of days later this week, I thought today’s post could start with a focus on a controversial transportation project, the Gateway Freeway “mega-project”. The City of New Westminster is smack in the middle of this project and public sentiment seems to be against the project, at […]

Improving Castlegar through Placemaking

The Kootenays, a beautiful, rural part of British Columbia, features sparsely populated river valleys punctuated by forested mountain ranges, struggles from a lack of cohesive visioning and it seems that only recently have real efforts at economic collaboration been made, such as the Lower Columbia Community Development Team. Having less than two years under their […]

Expectation or Entitlement

In light of the upcoming referendum for the Castlegar Rec Centre Expansion Project, I thought I’d play an audio excerpt from CBC that articulates many of the conflicting circumstances that add complexity to the decisions that governments make regarding money and funding projects. The excerpt, an intro to a CBC Ideas program aired in May […]

Possibility

What changes when you realize that your life, and those of people around you, are unsustainable, not just the myriad of consumer decisions we can make, (prius over a F350, reusable vs plastic, etc), but deep down, what really changes? We just returned from a road trip where we travelled over 2,600km in two and a bit […]

Castlegar and Celgar Reach an Agreement

The City of Castlegar is in a tight position, perhaps that’s why they penned a pretty slick media release a week ago week encouraging residents to participate in a survey and inviting them to the two public input sessions being held on the budget and financial plan. The public has been eerily quite on the issue of […]

DonorsChoose.org and Tim Ferriss

A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog post about TIm Ferriss' book, "The 4-Hour Workweek" Apparently the post was quite influential in the blogosphere in promoting the book and as a result Tim recently sent me a gift card for $100 to be used at DonorsChoice.org, an organization dedicated to facilitating donations to […]