Yes indeed Carolyn T.
Archives for October 26, 2018
Recently Dave and I, along with two good friends, set off for a vacation in Southern England and Scotland. We travelled to London where we met up with our eldest daughter and her husband, who had already spent a week exploring.
We set off in our hired van, called a people mover in England, and thanks to the sat/nav made our way to the Cotswold village of Long Compton. We had made arrangements to rent a four bedroom cottage for ten days exploring this part of England.
The cottage was lovely, over three hundred years old. It had originally been a single storey but had been built up into a three storey home. The ground floor was all low beams and it didn’t take long until most of us had egg sized bumps on our heads. Everything had been modernized and was wonderfully outfitted for our needs. There was a big bathroom on both upper floors and a laundry room with washer and drier. However, the weather was warm enough to dry clothes on lines in the big walled garden.
We had imagined strolling down into the village and bringing home fresh baked goods and veggies however, the reality was a post office that also offered tired produce, a big pub that served wonderful meals and a bridal salon. It seemed really incongruous that with only two stores in the village, one of them was a bridal store. How many people in this tiny village of thatched cottages required a wedding dress?
It was only a ten minute ride to a bigger town and groceries so we didn’t go hungry. Every day we journeyed to surrounding towns and villages experiencing and enjoying rural England. So many of the homes were over three hundred years old and newer homes had been built in the same Cotswold stone, which is a pale yellow, nothing ultra modern and ugly had been allowed to spoil the area.
Each day as we journeyed out we stopped for meals, sometimes in pubs and sometimes for the “cream teas” that this area is famous for. A cream tea consists of two large current scones, which you split and butter. You then smear with strawberry jam and load up with clotted cream, yummy. This is accompanied with either tea or coffee and it is really a very filling meal, quite often we split it between two of us and each had plenty to eat.
This part of England is truly made up of postcard worthy villages complete with old mills with water wheels, village ponds with ducks, charming country inns and tea rooms. A short drive away is Oxford and its university spires, such lovely old buildings which will never be replicated as they require so much workmanship. Stonehenge is not far away and many other ancient stones with mystical histories.
I don’t know why but England has given its towns and villages strange names. I am sure that most of them have some story behind but they make for strange signposts. Ashby de la Zouche being one of the strangest, but there are hundreds of weird names that do not seem to be representative of the area.
However, I can truly recommend this form of vacation, having our own cottage as a base made for a very easy holiday. Although we wanted to see the old world charm of English villages, we truly appreciated all the modern conveniences our cottage had to offer.
When I set my mind to something, I internally commit to do that thing or be that person. Mindset is a pretty high level driver. My mindset influences my every thought and act. Big. Mindset can blind. I’m looking for red and see no other colour. I have done this exercise with many people and yes, that is what happens. The second syllable, set, suggests how strong this is. When cement sets, it is immovable, solid, done
Mindset regarding success in overcoming challenges is generally based on one of two premises, the person is naturally talented or the person works hard, gives extra effort. The talent mindset is limiting in that when the person does not succeed their most likely conclusion is that they are not talented enough. Oh oh. Those in the effort mindset have the option to try harder. Dweck wrote a book called Mindset. Check it out
Mindset is strong, very powerful. It can carry an athlete to first place even though they have sustained a major injury. It can provide the fuel to complete a task even though the sun is going down. Mindset can be a positive force. And it can be blinding. Sometimes I find myself doing something in a certain way and when I notice and ask myself about it I learn that some olde mindset, not a helpful one, is driving me down
Sometimes my mindset comes from some kind of history. Maybe my parents voted a certain way and yelled their way in uproar against a certain party. When I became of voting age yes, the adopted mindset and just as strong so the vote is the same, even though the party and certainly the candidate has changed. Mindset steps firmly into unyielding prejudice. Valuable mindset becomes debilitating, choice blocking mindlessness
Mindset backed by thoughtful choice is the juggernaut that fuels amazing positive results. Misguided or thoughtless choice fuels unbelievable atrocity backed by mindset that will not listen to anything but itself. Think, the Nazi movement. We can build mindset over time. I adopt a mindset to run a Marathon or to maybe judge/hate someone. Mindset is powerful. Take care in applying it to what you really want
The Legislature has begun the fall sitting so I am back in Victoria until the end of November. As Opposition, it is our job to use question period to take the NDP government to task on its policies and political decisions especially in the areas of taxes and jobs. The policy of allowing only specific unions to work on government projects and to force all workers who need those jobs to become union members is totally against everything the Liberal Party has always stood for, so we will continue to hold the government’s “feet to the fire” on that one. The Speculation Tax, which targets second homes of all people including British Columbians, only applies to certain areas of the Province at this time but could be expanded at any time at the whim of the Finance Minister. Many people bought a second home as an investment for their retirement and that value is now being diminished every year with this tax. People who have a second home are not “speculators”. These homes are meant for retirement or as a legacy/inheritance for their families. These are just two of the issues we will continue to pursue.
Municipal Elections are now over for another four years. I commend those who put their names on a ballot and put a very public face to their desire to make their communities better places to live and work. Congratulations to those who were elected to positions in local governments- the people who voted for you have, by their vote, put their faith in your ability to serve your communities. Too often today public figures are the subject of anonymous social media criticism or letter writing from what are often called ‘armchair politicians’. Do not be influenced or discouraged by those negative comments. The majority have made their decision and your job is to represent them to the best of your ability.
The next ballot you will need to focus on is the Proportional Representation referendum mail-in ballot. It has the potential to change the democratic process we now use for Provincial Elections. Our current democracy operates under a majority rule system – decisions are based on the needs of the majority. Other forms of voting open the door for minority and “fringe” groups to dictate to the majority.
There have been numerous articles written on this subject in the last few months, written by people who have done extensive research, so I will quote a few of them for you.
Bob Plecas in the Vancouver Sun – Quote: “The assertion the options presented in BC’s referendum are used around the world is incorrect. Unless ‘around the world’ means ‘four countries, specifically Germany, Lesotho, New Zealand and Bolivia’. Those are the only national elections that use any of the forms of proportional representation British Columbians will be asked to vote on”. He goes on to say “Most rely exclusively on party lists. You elect parties, not people. And there are at least four ways of selecting names from a party list, but the point is they are party lists, not locally elected MLA’s like we have now” End of quote.
On the ballot you are looking at there are two systems never tried or used anywhere in the world.
Another article by George Salamis might be considered a bit extreme but he does make clear some of the possibilities that P.R. opens the door to. Quote: “P.R. effectively amounts to ‘tyranny of the minority’ where special interest groups and single issue parties gain power, hold increasing sway in the halls of government and thwart the will of the people. It essentially gives policy-makers a free pass to push moderate voices aside and ignore the “bigger picture” to the detriment of the greater good. Our first past the post system may not be perfect, but it is simple, stable and its working.” End of quote.
As your MLA I cannot tell you how to fill out the ballot but I urge you to read everything you can about the different voting systems and if you do not fully understand what is being suggested then do not vote to change our current democratic system. Mark your ballot to keep ‘first past the post’.
As we all take a moment on November 11th to remember past sacrifices made defending our democracy, remember also the men and women of our current armed forces who, today, are still defending our democratic way of life and offering support to those under duress in many locations around the world.
As we move into the time of year that weather can be unpredictable please insure you have good winter tires and allow extra time to get to appointments. Be safe, and enjoy the fall harvest.
I would like to thank the residents of Area “C” for giving me the opportunity to represent you.
The stress of the month of campaigning is over and now the hard work starts.
The primary concerns that I heard were for public safety and protection and the provision for economic stability in our farming industry.
Our area is at risk form increasing criminal activity, uncompleted flood mitigation projects and a lack of a full interface fire protection program.
The main economic engine for Area “C” is agriculture. Local farming has been under duress from a litany of regulatory and cost increases. While these increases are individually small in totality they become a burden that is forcing small farms to amalgamate. This will eventually cause a reduction in the number of families supported by the area and lessen the diversity of crops grown here.
I see an opportunity for renewed co-operation between Area “C” and the Town of Oliver. Working together we will have the chance to chart a new path into the future.
The Kiwanis Club of Oliver came through for Oliver youth in a big way this week presenting a cheque for $10,000 – a contribution towards a Small Wheels Playground Project in Lion’s Park
Oscar and Daniel, 2 members of the SOSS Skateboard Club attend the Tuesday luncheon at the Community Hall to talk to members and talk about what the new park would mean to them and accept the donation.
Representing Oliver Parks and Rec was Carol Sheridan. Plans are well underway for construction to begin as soon as more funds become available.
The South Okanagan Hungarian Club celebrated it’s 61st Annual Harvest Ball on Sunday, the 20th of October, in the Oliver Legion Hall.
In the early years, it used to be held in big halls like the Oliver Community Hall or the Osoyoos Community Hall on the lake.
300-400 people attended these events, not only because there were a lot of Hungarians in the area, but the meals were so fantastic, nobody could resist them.
As the years passed by, the members got older and older, the numbers got less and less, but the Club is still alive and with the hard work of some dedicated members, this year’s Ball was again a success. The meal was served Buffet style. Cabbage rolls, sausages, rice sausage, beef and pork roast, mashed potatoes, rice and all the trimmings. Of course, the famous pastries prepared by the lady club members.
Beautiful music entertained throughout the evening, everybody seemed to have a great time.
Special thank you to President Joe Bencze and his family and to Zsuzsa and Karoly Bakonyi for their exceptional hard work.
Submitted by John Kiss