Local politics -- schools, zoning, council elections -- hit us where we live. So why don't more of us actually get involved? Partly we're busy on the every-day-athon of life. Partly we don't realize our involvement can make a big difference.
There are more ways to keep informed now than when I was first elected. Council Matters can be sent right to your inbox with a message from the Mayor after each Council meeting and Council meetings are streamed live and archived on the NC website. There is a public input period at the beginning of each agenda, where citizens can make their views known on agenda items before Council votes on the issue. And Mayor and Council are available by phone or email, or chats on the street.
Government can go a long way towards inviting and keeping citizen engagement through better communication -- communication that puts as much emphasis on listening as telling. During my 1st term as Councillor I was pleased to serve on the Communications Committee that laid the groundwork for improved communication going forward.
We now have a Community Liaison Coordinator, and under her excellent guidance, the first monthly issue of North Cowichan Update has appeared on page 8 of the Citizen newspaper, February 20, 2105. Click here you want to read it electronically.
North Cowichan also publishes Council Matters and employment opportunities, as well as updates on endeavours we are working on.
Last night there was a meeting in Chemainus on the Bonsall Creek Watershed Management Plan, currently under development -- it was a lively evening, many opinions were expressed. You can even sign up to get updates to that plan.