A small town in Saskatchewan is trying to save one of its grain elevators from meeting the wrecking ball. Many small towns in Canada are still fighting the Nestle Water Bottling Co. A local reporter posts on Facebook that journalists often need to ask difficult questions and it is not a sign of disrespect—they are simply doing their job.
This week a Storm Water Management Pond in Roy Brown Park was turned down in Carleton Place and will now be built on the developer’s property. Both sides have different views and are passionate about their beliefs. Conservationists have said they haven’t had good experiences with a SWMP close to the Mississippi River. The conservationist mentioned the Mississippi Quays SWMP as a case in point, and how we should not be putting the town’s drinking water in jeopardy in such situations. But the other side disagrees, and if a community centre was ever built in Roy Brown Park a SWMP would probably have to be built on said property. So who wins?
Then there was a ruckus in the Almonte Council Chambers this week. The disagreement was all about downtown public lands being declared as a heritage district. Just like Carleton Place, one side is for it, and the other side argues because of their beliefs. By the way, this same fight happened in Carleton Place 8 years ago. Did the Almonte mayor’s allegedly unruly action affect his future? What happens next?
So what do we do when both sides believe they are right?
Small towns and rural communities are looking for ways to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life, and build on local assets. Many rural communities and small towns are facing challenges, including rapid growth at metropolitan edges, declining rural populations, and loss of farms and working lands.
For the population, there are things we just don’t see anymore, and there are other things that stick out because they bother you–because you know how they got that way, and you don’t want it to happen again.
Do we all pull our chairs up together?
Do we get on the same side of the problem, and all work together?
Do we continue to let our differences consume us?
How do we fix this?
We really need to sort things out together- because it will continue forever– and as Lenny Bruce once said– once you’ve seen the cannon in the park there’s nothing else to do.