Photo: Bill Metcalfe

LETTER: In praise of activism

From reader Charles Jeanes

It is customary at this season to reflect on a year gone by and express goodwill to one’s community, and I warmly wish to endorse the custom. Nelson is fortunate indeed that we see more “hugs” than “slugs” offered up in the pages of your paper, demonstrating locals have a good habit of counting our manifest blessings and feeling gratitude.

That said, with the prospect of a municipal election a year from now, I would still wish to press home the point that Nelson’s social inequities are not in decline, but rather the reverse; over the 30 years I have called this wonderful town my home, Nelson has drifted into the same social pathologies as elsewhere in the world’s richest nations. Local politicians have a leadership role to play in making Nelson a model for our country in finding solutions to homelessness, poverty, unemployment, and environmental deterioration.

We have some inspired people here. Their energy applied to our social problems is making a difference.

Still we are not doing better than other places, and our low income levels are a cause for concern in a town where housing costs are unfairly elevated by “market forces” [re: strong demand from people with money to buy into a ready-made high quality of life, and business, beginning with developers and retailers, actively seeking to attract new gentry to town].

I say to anyone who is considering a run for election to Nelson Council or the RDCK board: think hard about the social issue and come to the campaign in November 2018 with serious, credible ideas for change.

Wishing every reader of these lines a fine holiday at the Yule turning of the year, I say a special thank-you to those most active in the community in our social and cultural sectors. Nelson is no longer “a well-kept secret”(as former mayor Gary Exner told me in 1995), and our popularity as a great lifestyle place to live is piling up difficult challenges. Our activists are the first line of defence against declining quality of life.

Charles Jeanes


Just Posted

BREAKING: Man pleads guilty in Baker Street death

Miles Halverson is guilty of manslaughter in the death of Matt Reeder

Nelson to hold open house on Railtown development

City will present plans and ask for input on specific areas of Railtown

Rossland chocolatier plans move to cannabis edibles

Council approves zoning change to accomodate processing facility

Nelson climate change strike set for Sept. 20

The strike marks the start of a week of related events

October is Plastic Free Month in Nelson

City will examine its own plastic use and encourage public to do the same

VIDEO: Grad classes separated by 65 years find shared hopes, fears

The Nelson High School class of 1954 met with current L.V. Rogers Grade 12 students

B.C. MLA calls on province to restrict vaping as first related illness appears in Canada

Todd Stone, Liberal MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson, introduced an anti-vaping bill in April

Chilliwack woman wins right to medically assisted death after three-year court battle

Julia Lamb has been the lead plaintiff in a legal battle to ease restrictions on Canada’s assisted dying laws

B.C. bus crash survivor petitions feds to fix road where classmates died

UVic student’s petition well over halfway to 5k signature goal

NDP, Liberals promise more spending, while Tories promise spending cuts

Making life more affordable for Canadians a focus in the 2019 election

UPDATE: Police probe third threat against a Kamloops high school in eight days

Police have not released any further details into what the threat includes

Charges dropped against Mountie involved in shooting death of Surrey man

‘I feel like I’ve lost Hudson all over again,’ says mom

B.C. Interior caribou protection area big enough, minister says

Proposals sparked protest in Kootenays, Williams Lake region

Two B.C. women selected to compete on ABC’s The Bachelor

Mykenna Dorn and Alexis Thind will compete for bachelor Peter Weber’s heart

Most Read