As virtually everyone in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley knows, due to an initial positive E. coli test in the Greendale area, the city of Chilliwack had to turn on the emergency chlorination system. And although the second test came back clear of E. coli, Fraser Health Authority unilaterally ordered that the chlorination become permanent, effective immediately.

We went from being told that yes, we have some of the best water quality in the country – but a very few negative tests had caused concern – to hearing the statement that “over the years, Chilliwack’s water system has been compromised on many occasions”.

We went from being assured that the implementation of a chlorination system would be gradual – taking a year or two in any event – to having chlorine turned on virtually overnight without any notice at all. Let alone time to adapt or prepare.

We were lied to.
And in the process, we learned that as a community our hands are tied…

We need to treat this disaster as one treats a human health crisis:
  • apply antibiotics to stem the emergency and get us through the crisis stage of the sickness;
  • treat the long-term health and address the systemic cause of the sickness using a holistic approach
Demanding that regulations be increased, new mining proposals be put on hold, etc. is the antibiotics. We have to get the organism through the immediate crisis. But this is stop-gap only: again and again we’ve seen demonstrated the failure of government regulation to effect long term health in their respective fields. Just as using antibiotics long-term is counter-productive, resorting to short term or knee-jerk measures doesn’t create that long term health.

The holistic approach in human health considers the complete picture of what builds good health – not just provide a medicinal fire extinguisher when disaster strikes. It considers not only what the body needs nutritionally, but also exercise and relaxation and other lifestyle factors that support robust health. It is the very definition of proactive thinking…
Green Party candidate Kim Reimer values First Nations as partners

Chilliwack – Close on the heels of last week’s pivotal announcement of endorsement from First Nations elder and wild salmon advocate Eddie Gardner, Green Party candidate Kim Reimer today announced further plans to develop a meaningful dialogue around central First Nations issues, and a real action plan at the legislative level. The Green Party states in its Green Book that while aboriginal rights, aboriginal title, and treaty rights are enshrined in the Constitution Act, denial of aboriginal rights and treaty rights continues.

“The Green Party of B.C. is committed to meaningful consultations with First Nations respecting Aboriginal fisheries, Aboriginal Rights and Title, and socio-economic issues”, stated Reimer. “We also hope to build partnerships with First Nations communities in taking leadership in sustainable development. Who better to partner with in green economic initiatives, than with a culture built on stewardship of our land air and water?”

Over the weekend Kim Reimer discussed plans with Eddie Gardner for contacting and consulting First Nations communities throughout …
The REAL Reasons…
May 23, 2013 at 12:26am
A statement issued by Adrian Dix in my email today – about taking responsibility for “what happened”:
http://www.bcndp.ca/post-election-statement … left me respectfully disagreeing again.

Here’s what actually happened (roughly in order of importance):
1. Polls created a skewed, unreal picture – against which the Liberals were perceived to have pulled off an astonishing comeback and Christy Clark is really a terrific leader after all and…. so on.
(Who can forget VanSun’s article about Liberals’ rebranding efforts: “Today’s BC Liberals: now with less Christy Clark”.)
The polls were simply way off (again). Without making too fine a point of it, I reminded everyone I could before the election not to take the polls so seriously – especially mainstream media who built entire articles on pollsters’ “findings” at this point or that. One of the reasons I call them running-dog media…

2. The real edge the NDP had, from early 2012, was the track record of the Liberals. That the NDP decided it was strategic to oust a disliked-administration with PLENTY of blotches on their record (right to the very end, mind) by TAKING THE HIGH ROAD and not being negative…
Move to Renewable Energy Overdue

Never before has our economy been more directly underpinned by the health of our ecology, our environment.

On the negative side: the financial costs of climate change are striking home even before we reach the pivotal climate change make-break levels forecast by scientists. The devastation to property and lives, the loss of jobs and other economic setbacks, from natural catastrophes like Hurricane Sandy are considerable. Record-breaking heat and drought in Australia is merely another example of how threats to our environment are devastating our economies as well.

On the positive side: the renewable green energy industry has not only proven to be viable in Germany and China, it has also been shown to be of much greater net economic benefit to national economies than fossil fuels. (Despite its maturity the fossil fuel industry still relies upon and receives substantial subsidization in Canada and the USA.) Green energy tends to create employment at 5-10 times the rate of fossil fuel projects. And profits and spin-off economic benefits tend to be more broadly distributed. Moving to renewable energy is not only seriously overdue, its good business…
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