Tuesday, March 21,
Monday, March 27, 2017
O'Hara, Meet Myrtle
Macdonald gives All-Candidates meeting high marks
Myrtle Macdonald, M. Sc., Author
Dear Tracey (O'Hara - NDP)
With what I am writing below and with what I sent you a couple of days ago about Pharmacare, I want you to influence the NDP party platform.
Connect with the Farming Community
I also want you to work among the farmers to get their trust and hope (by visiting them and their youth at home). The candidate in the last election lost because she did not gain votes from farmers. She said nothing of interest to small family farmers until a week before the election.
The Dutch and Mennonite rural voters are very conservative and vote for the BC brand of Conservative-Liberals. They also belong to Reformed, Alliance and other conservative churches. They like Larry Throness because they loved his father, an Alliance minister and hospital chaplain.
As stewards of the earth we can do amazing things as in Dubai. See below.
Our politicians and our
philanthropists need inspiration. There are places in other parts of
the world where great progress has been made. We Canadians are
Let us start locally by encouraging
nearby farmers markets all year round.
My dream is to have the Interurban railway running again at least four round trips a day for passengers, to lighten commuter traffic on the highway. It could drop off a refrigerated car/farmers market for a day in six places once a week. The next day it could sell leftovers in another location, and buy new produce. They could refrigerate and freeze produce and have it for sale all year round. Snow is removed from the track easily.
The route of the old
Interurban does not meander, as was remarked at an All Candidates
meeting. It is located 4 miles south of Hyw #1 right in the midst of
farms. The highway route runs at the north edge of farms and cannot
be accessed by them.
Transportation and Missing Women
The cost of light
railways and surface tram lines is very much less than of sky trains
and subways. (4 km of sky train costs more then 99 km Chilliwack to
Scott Road-Pattullo Bridge Station). The passenger service north of
the Fraser is paid for by ticket sales, even though CNCP charge high
rent. South of the Fraser passenger service will cost much less. Few
level crossing lights are needed. Drive on Vie Road and see for
yourself. See the attached Leewood Proposal. A million people live
south of the Fraser and not a quarter of that near the CP rail north
of the Fraser River.