With respect to our democracy and the sacred process we just went through, Colwood Mayor Carol Hamilton and council need our help and input to assist with the choices they make.
If council is not just to satisfy a few at the expense of the many, they need to hear from more of the community.
I believe in the sincerity and true desire of our mayor to listen and her support for a collaborative exchange of ideas by practicing the politics of inclusion once again in our community.
I will do anything I can to help her succeed in that cause. I know of one resident who has already met with her and found her response to their municipal issue to be respectful and received in a welcoming and non-confrontational way, as one should expect.
If we want to make Colwood a strong and vibrant community with affordable, quality, core services, we all have to participate in the process.
So attend the meetings if you can, or write to your elected representatives. Otherwise, those that come hat in hand to the council promoting their own ideologies and agendas whether you may think them good or not, will continue to have all the say. That has been the tragic flaw of Colwood since incorporation.
In conclusion, be proactive to say what’s on your mind, and defend the rights of others in the community to be heard.
I wish the new council the very best in the many challenges they will face prioritizing the operational needs of the municipality and revitalizing Colwood.