Tuesday, March 13, 2007
"CENSUS LOSERS" A LETTER TO GLOBAL BC TV NEWS
On this morning's TV news, you reported that Kitimat and Prince Rupert, B.C. were "census losers" for having dropped 12.5% of their population. I would submit that they were census "winners". The losers were the hundreds of towns and cities across this country, and especially the province of British Columbia as a whole, that have to suffer the unchecked growth imposed by an agenda driven by corporations, developers, economists and politicians. These vested interests do not know or care that more people means a degraded environment and a lower quality of life. And their twisted vision of "prosperity" forms the underlying assumption of news reports like yours. If you want an alternate vision, go ask the town councils of Okotoks, Alberta or Oualicum Beach, B.C., who have capped their population. Now THAT is a census success story.