Issues

Machete Lake: August 11 - 6:30 PM  We were evacuated the next day.

Wildfires

I think the most important events that have happened recently for most of us are the wildfires of 2017 and 2018. Most of us were evacuated at least once. The approach of the Elephant was one of the most stressful times of my life and I will never forget it. 

For me, the lessons I have learned seem to be:


  • These fires can't be stopped during a wind event
  • The BC Wildfire Service people are terrific
  • We need lots of rain to put these fires out

Where do we go from here? What do we do to ensure we are safe? What role, if any, does the TNRD have in this?


I think each of us has a role to play, especially with our own properties. There is lots of information regarding what we can do to FireSmart our properties. By all means, do what you can to protect your property. There are also emergency preparedness measures that you should also consider. Try to be as prepared as you can.


I would like to see the TNRD do the following:


  • Update the emergency evacuation plans for Loon Lake, Clinton and 70 Mile to incorporate any knowledge acquired during the last two summers. I would especially like to see a separate plan for the South Green Lake Community.
  • Make sure that all other communities and rural areas have a plan in place.
  • Set up an emergency contact system similar to the CRD, which we used at Machete Lake during 2017.
  • Urge the Province to set up a liaison group to keep the Regional Districts up-to-date on what measures are being taken to deal with the Wildfire situation and to have a representative on that liaison group.
  • Provide a guide building specification on how to "fireproof" a building using metal roofing, cement siding, etc.
  • Provide some guidance on how to install a sprinkler system on a property. There is some evidence that FireSmart strategies are not as effective as sprinklers 

What do you think?

Jobs

I believe that Individual Freedom and Individual Human Rights are the foundation of a prosperous community. I also believe that with that Freedom and those Rights comes Responsibility. People should be free to pursue their goals and chase their dreams. When they do, they create wealth and jobs for others. Their Responsibility is to chase those dreams without harming the rights of others. That is where the role of government comes in - to protect the rights of everyone.


So, government makes rules for us to live by and has powers to enforce them. 


I think the trick is to have the minimum amount of rules necessary to ensure that our rights are protected while also minimizing the dampening effect that rules may have on creativity and entrepreneurship.


If elected, I will do my best to keep these two principles in mind to achieve the best balance. 

Road Maintenance

I know that Road Maintenance is a Provincial responsibilty in rural areas. I don't think that is the case for towns and villages - certainly not for Kamloops. So, it is possible for local government to carry out road maintenance.


I am NOT proposing that the TNRD take over road maintenance in Area E!


I am proposing that the TNRD assume a liaison role with the Ministry in the writing of the contracts. 


Currently, the Maintenance Contractors perform their work as defined by their contracts. The contracts are written by the Ministry. I believe that these contracts set out how the contractor is to respond to complaints from the public. However, I wonder how many people actually complain or do they just sigh and go on their way?


I would like to figure out a way to have a sort of Quality Control check through the TNRD Electoral Area Directors. Perhaps a website like this one could be used to collect information on road maintenance deficiencies that could be passed on to Interior Roads, for those of you who might be reluctant to contact them directly.

Elections

The media and a lot of politicians lament the low voter turnout in all elections and, especially, the local ones.


Yet, they make us shlep to some voting station that is often miles (sorry, kilometers) away. Especially in rural areas like the Bonaparte Plateau. 


Yes, you can vote by mail. Check out the rules for doing so. You have to be disabled, stuck in a ditch, or out of the jurisdiction to qualify.


Yet, we are about to go through a Referendum process that is being carried out entirely by mail. 


I think it is about time that we used the internet for voting - don't you? 


At the very least, let's make voting by mail something that is encouraged, not restricted. As I understand it, this will require a change to the legislation governing elections - something the provincial government will have to be lobbied for.