HAVE YOUR SAY: March 26

A wish for a shoulder to lean on to all people being bullied everywhere. No one has time for that crap in their lives. For those who deny it happens, check the statistics, people who are bullied aren’t weak, nor are they whiners, they are simply people who just want to get on with their own lives without people making it more difficult for them. Examples include:  Spreading malicious rumours, gossip, excluding or isolating someone socially, intimidating a person, undermining or deliberately impeding a person’s work, physically abusing or threatening abuse, removing areas of responsibilities without cause, constantly changing work guidelines, establishing impossible deadlines that will set up the individual to fail, withholding necessary information or purposefully giving the wrong information, making jokes that are ‘obviously offensive’ by spoken word or e-mail, intruding on a person’s privacy by pestering, spying or stalking, assigning unreasonable duties or workload which are unfavourable to one person (in a way that creates unnecessary pressure), underworking or  creating a feeling of uselessness, yelling or using profanity towards a person, criticizing a person persistently or constantly, belittling a person’s opinions, unwarranted (or undeserved) punishment, blocking applications for training, leave or promotion and tampering with a person’s personal belongings or work equipment.

On March 15th ‘15 “The Ides of March” I celebrated my 80th birthday. Thank-you to all my friends and acquaintances that attended the celebration of a big stepping stone in my life. Your cards, well wishes and gifts were much appreciated. Roy.

Hopefully, the 2013 CVRD audit by the Auditor General for Local Government will be public, soon. The B.C. government and other local governments will be awaiting the report. The CVRD administration could be the most effective local government in B.C., in generating bulk water profits. The 2014 gross profit was 47 per cent before transfers to capital reserves. The CVRD administration has delivered consistent double-digit profits on bulk water – something that all investors are seeking. The report will be of interest to the B.C. government who borrow $2 billion a year to provide services and grants.

This is a huge THANK YOU to chef Andrew and the dining room staff at the Westerly Hotel. Our cancer support group meets there for lunch once a month and then, when the restaurant is closed for the afternoon, the hotel lets us use their facility to hold our meeting.  This month our meeting fell on St. Patrick’s Day so I asked chef Andrew if he could bake up a batch of cupcakes with green icing for me to distribute to the members for their dessert.  Though it was short notice, he said he could do this for us and that I could pay for the treats when we were there for lunch.  When we went to settle our bill, the waitress told me that chef Andrew had told her they were “on the house”. Everyone enjoyed the cupcakes immensely. The dining room staff are always so accommodating to our group but this was extra special.  I hope the hotel management realizes what assets they have in their dining room.  Thank you chef Andrew and staff.

To the young man riding his bike down 17th St., “no hands”, while looking down at his phone, texting… do you have a death wish?

The Nanaimo Regional District has partnered with a private company to produce electricity for 1,200 homes from their Cedar landfill gases. Proven technology in operation 60 miles away since 2009, by a neighbouring Regional District. Wondering if our CVRD directors have looked at other options rather than burning 22,000 tons per year in a flare. Also wondering if the directors will reconsider the minimum $10 landfill entry fee with the spike in illegal dumping. Have the present directors approved $44 million in landfills, without looking at other options?

It’s a shame that so many people think they have the right to dump their garbage anywhere they so choose. People blaming the tipping charges for the illegal dumping, like as if that’s some kind of rationalization. That’s like blaming an increase in service charges for bank robberies. And exactly what are they using to dump this garbage illegally? With the pictures posted, it has to be a big truck. So you can afford a honkin’ big truck, that probably costs $100 or more to fill every week, but you claim the $10 tipping charges at the local landfill are so outrageous it has turned you to commit a criminal act? Give your heads a shake. I know one thing: If I see anyone doing it, I will be taking a picture and posting it. Maybe we should start a Facebook page devoted to “outing” the garbage-tossing pigs in our community.  Maybe public shaming would help stop the polluting.

Perhaps the Poet Laureate Search committee did pick the best candidate. However, I’m disappointed that I wasn’t shortlisted. I’m also confused about what the committee was actually looking for. From the call out for applicants I got the impression that the poet laureate’s job would be to connect to everyone in the community, and not just young people. Yet, the latest release implied that they were only interested in someone “who has the best motivations and ideas towards… giving [youth]… a voice.” If you were only looking for people under 30 and/or teachers, next time could you please make this clear right from the start? Also, the next time you shortlist candidates for similar positions, could you please send the “losers” an email telling them they weren’t on the final list? That way none of us are left wondering if we did get picked for the final audition but failed to get the message because of a cyberspace glitch.

World Community thanks all of the businesses who helped make our recent Chocolate Affair (celebrating Fair Trade Chocolate) a success. Thanks to the Comox Valley Record, Atlas Cafe, As You Like It Catering, Blue Moon Winery, Cumberland Hemp Co., Tria Fine Catering, Dark Side Chocolates, Delphine Flowers and Garden, River Meadows Nursery, Lemon Tree Nails and Spa, Floating Stone Silks, Marigold Natural Health, Sid Williams Theatre, Thrifty Foods and donors to our silent auction.  Thanks also to ticket outlets: Laughing Oyster Bookshop, Bop City Records and Church Street Bakery.  Special appreciation to the Black Swan Fiddlers and Anela Kahiamoe for great music too! Janet Fairbanks for World Community.

A huge bouquet to the couple that paid for the meals of my friend and me at Jo Klassen’s on Wednesday 11 March. It was truly an unexpected surprise. We will ensure that your generosity will not go unnoticed as we will “pay it forward” to someone else. Thank you from two grey haired ladies, one was in a red vest.

 

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