In most of our homes and businesses, we're stretching our dollars as far as we can. Governments have to do that, too. To balance growth -- and the increased demand for services that it brings -- with the need to keep taxes affordable.
All our public agencies have to do much better at planning and working together -- the Municipality, the City of Duncan, the CVRD, school district, the library system, VIHA, BC Transit, BC Hydro, RCMP, and so on. We can't afford to waste public money on duplicated programs and underused facilities.
Democracy can be a collaboration, more like building a house or planting a garden and less like a tug of war. In these challenging times, no one has all the answers -- so we must combine our energy, talents and resources.
We also have to bear in mind that development costs aren't just in dollars. Everything we do has an environmental impact.
We need to work closely with local First Peoples, on whose traditional lands we live. It's not only prudent, but imperative to explore ways we can get what we all want -- without wasting precious resources, or doing damage we can't fix.
What do we all want?
I think we all want some version of the same thing.
A place where healthy, happy people of all ages live together peaceably and productively, in communities that cooperate ... with each other, and with the land we live on.