and spray paint walls, to practice screen printing and generally make art something many of them said they had never done before. "A lot of these places we went," said Roberts, "they don't have art in these schools. For a lot of them, it's like their first time painting. And these are like 12 and 13 year olds. "Thanks to Paul Henderson for a comprehensive and interesting article in the Jan. 23 edition of the Chilliwack Times. I appreciated the detailed reporting and have enjoyed his work on the issue to date. I have just one minor quibble, concerning the establishment of the citizens' group, ACT Chilliwack. The establishment of ACT was not, in fact, precipitated by the rezoning controversy concerning the waste facility.
Chilliwack hosted Glen Thompson at its inaugural meeting in order to learn more about the issue, the group does not exist solely to address it. ACT Chilliwack's primary focus, as I have made clear in prior correspondence with the media, is constructive community engagement toward a more robust local democracy. I think Mayor Sharon Gaetz put it most eloquently in a recent interview when she said: "Refrain from being an armchair quarterback and eliminate the phrase 'someone should' from your vocabulary. " This is ACT's raison d'etre, in a nutshell. We are people who feel a need to get out of our armchairs and be the "someones" who "should. "Since returning home to Chilliwack three years ago, I've seen quite a ruckus kicked up about a storefront being painted the "wrong" colour. I've sadly witnessed the demolition of the iconic and beloved Paramount theatre (at a cost in excess of that projected for renovation and not "free" but on the city's dime, via CEPCO). I've seen Chilliwack shamed by the second lowest voter turnout in a civic election in all of British Columbia and (I would argue) humiliated by a turnout just over a snivelling and pathetic two per cent for a school board byelection.
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to be missing from all the foregoing was not so much divergent voices (the most encouraging indication of a living and healthy democracy), for they were present. Rather, what I perceived to be missing was a framework for the messages those voices were bearing. Up these voices would rise and just as rapidly. . dissipate, for there was no structure in which they might flourish and take their place in the civic complex as valid commentary which demanded a response. I hear so many of my neighbours lament what they perceive to be local government which is out of touch with them and yet, they seem to be too desperately demotivated to take responsibility for their own disengagement. But who is giving them a reason to do so? Who is reminding them of the power of their franchise, or the resonance of their voices?I believe ACT Chilliwack has the potential to fill a need in this Nike Air Max Womens Shoes community: a need for the sort of focus that goes beyond random kvetching; a structure that civilizes the voice in the wilderness. ACT was formed for the sake of g.
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