As a community, we have recently endured serious upheaval.
We have heatedly debated the controversial proposal for a public pool.
We have had a municipal election that variously surprised some, relieved some and angered others while spawning political manoeuvring.
We’ve witnessed divisive internal power struggles, while facing important issues such as regionalization.
In the midst of this and not the least, the elected mayor, Fred Thomas, has passed away.
At the end of it all we still live here. Together.
That’s the thing, right?
At the end of the day, no matter who you are, or which “side’” you were on for any of the aforementioned events we live, work, talk, argue and laugh together.
We are currently staring down the double barrels of a loaded economic shotgun, facing the most serious challenge that we have seen as a community in a long time.
The ER closures have forced a reality check, one that we should all heed before we are forced to pick up the tab.
Enough of the schoolyard politics, name calling, blame-gaming, back-door dealing shenanigans.
It does not represent our community, it alienates the voters and shames us all.
It is time for us to bond together to come up with a solution to the crisis situation with our ER.
It could be anybody’s baby. It could be anybody’s parent, grandparent, husband, wife, co-worker that gets hurt.
Community-minded people are stepping forward. Thank you.
I know we are capable of great things.
I have had the honour of being a part of this community and I am a believer.
I believe in the heart of this community.