General News · 25th August 2009
SRD Strategic Planning
We, the Strathcona Regional District board, are about to go into our first strategic visioning session as a new regional district. What I will be bringing forward as priority is largely a reflection of what I heard form Cortes at our June community plan ‘Blue-Sky’ visioning session; joyful courage in this upcoming time of major change. We need to find the joy in downsizing and localizing, in fostering relationships, shifting into greater self-sufficiency, and holding the natural world at the core of our awareness. And we must develop creative ways of building a strong, resilient and diverse local economy.
At the top of my awareness for our strategic planning are salmon and climate; individually and linked. If you are a reader of this magazine, you will understand why salmon thoughts have swum through my daily awareness now for months. As one of BC’s two regional districts that host most of the provinces fish farms, our voice needs to be loud and our actions strategic in our work to push toward the transition to closed containment. On the climate front, I believe we need a strong regional commitment to greenhouse gas emission reductions. There are many models to follow and much support now to do so. Let us invoke salmon - swimming upstream – that miracle of determination.
Official Community Plan Update
I primarily ran on a platform of designing an OCP review process that is dynamic, positive, solutions oriented and truly cross-generational. This has been one of my primary focuses over the summer. We have started with education and data collection – housing survey, water analysis, resource use info gathering and compilation. I am very pleased to announce that Lorraine Plouffe, your Cortes librarian, is your Official Community Plan (OCP) Education Coordinator now through December. She will be providing information about our existing community plan, explaining what an OCP is and sharing with us stories from other communities doing innovate work. Throughout the fall, come out to presentations, look for info in your mail box and listen for Lorraine’s radio show Tuesday evenings at 9:00. You can contact her at 250-935-0210 or lorraineplouffegmail.com
On September 3rd, an expanded OCP review committee will spend the day designing a review process that will be lively, potent and with good luck enjoyable. If you are keenly interested, please contact me. Also, please send in your housing survey if you have not done so – and thanks to the 100+ people who already have! Copies are available outside the post-offices.
Cortes Climate Action Team
Last month, I reported the availability of Federal gas tax funds for Cortes climate change initiatives and put out a call to those interested in forming a small working group to advise on how to best spend those funds. We now have a volunteer team! Bill Andrews, Mark Lombard, Norberto Rodriguez de la Vega, Shane Nelson and Carrie Saxifrage are conducting a high level green house gas emissions inventory for Cortes that will be ready for community feedback in September. Next, they will make recommendations to me and the Regional District as to how to best prioritize the use of these funds. If you have input, please send it to climateactioncortesisland.com or contact team members directly.
In my next article I’ll give an update on the soon-to-be-goings-on at the recycling centre.
In gratitude, Noba Anderson
Box 120, Whaletown, BC, V0P 1Z0