- The start of Local Government election stories
- Political challenges and challengers for this fall
- The good things that Salmon Arm council has accomplished
- Some commentary on what I think is one of the more important documents that the city has published – and that’s a good thing
- More on political accountability and transparency regionally and locally
- the changing of the federal political guard for the North Okanagan – Shuswap riding
- and more … Stay tuned over the next short while as Aim High climbs back in the Summer 2014 Saddle
Calling all Cyclists! You are invited to join in the fun of a 10K community bike ride on the scenic back roads of the Shuswap – North Okanagan on Saturday, September 13 starting at 9:00 a.m. from Blackburn Park in Salmon Arm.
Over 600 cyclists have registered for this year’s community bicycle ride. Many cyclists registered on-line on the June 2 opening date. The majority of cyclists have registered for the 100K, 75K and 35K distances. About 10 Registration spaces are left for these three distances as of August 24/14. There is no limit on the number of cyclists registering for the 10K so please, join in the fun activities for children and families!
The Bike for Your Life Bicycle Tour started in 1998 with the aim of promoting a healthy lifestyle, family solidarity, and community involvement through a fun cycling event in which all ages and abilities could participate. This is the 17th year the community bicycle ride has been held in Salmon Arm.
The Ride’s four bike routes are designed to be safe and fun. Whether you have never ridden a bike before, or you are an endurance cyclist, join in. Everyone is welcome!
This is not a racing event. The emphasis is on participation, rather than time, to make it fun for an individual or family. Enjoy the company of fellow cyclists. Ride with your friends. Continue reading
Check out Jim’s latest post A strategy to improve Shuswap food security over at his Shuswap Passion blog.
The Shuswap is blessed with some of the best farmland in the province, but too much of the land is underused or lies fallow, while farming continues to represent a minor part of the local economy. Despite the growing interest in farmers markets and local produce in some stores, the vast majority of produce comes from massive farms hundreds, if not thousands of kilometres away. At least now, there is an excellent strategy designed to promote change.
Up until recently, the Shuswap has missed out on the tourism and recreational opportunities that arise from the development of long distance corridor trails constructed on former railway right-of-ways. However, the prospect now exists for a scenic, nearly level cycling and hiking trail along the west side of Mara Lake from Sicamous to Armstrong, which could then connect via side roads farther south. The route is the former Shuswap and Okanagan Railway, built as a spur line to the C.P.R. in 1892, used until 2009 and now undergoing salvage operations.
From a BCTF tweet (soon corrected) late this afternoon:
“Mediator Vince Ready will beet with both bced bargaining teams tomorrow.”
Meet with and beat on I’m thinking.
August 23, 2014
Raising a toast at the new Mount Baldy trail opening
The Shuswap, British Columbia – Partners gathered from around the Shuswap Thursday to celebrate the official opening of the new Mount Baldy hiking trail just west of Sorrento. And they did it in style!
Crannog Ales, whose award winning organic farm brewery is just next door to the new trail, hosted a reception following the official ribbon cutting. “Trails like this help people learn about the natural places they live and why it’s important to take care of it,” said Rebecca Kneen, co-owner of the brewery.
The Mt Baldy trail is the latest addition to the South Shuswap’s impressive parks and trails system Continue reading
On September 2oth, individuals and organizations around the world are planning on holding what will (hopefully) be the biggest public march event ever related to global warming.
I and an expanding group of other local citizens are planning a march and rally in Salmon Arm, for people from this community and all around the Shuswap. Please join us!!
The march and rally will take place Sunday, September 2oth, at 2:00 pm.
An initial organizing meeting will take place at the CASSSA office, across the street from the Post Office, next the lane that passes by the west side of the Post Office building (and across the street). There will be a sign on the CASSSA office door.
We will not be alone in undertaking this action..
So far, at least 750 organizations around the world are committed to stage marches and rallies Continue reading
Making my kids watch old-school episodes of Knight Rider and my daughter said, “So, it’s pretty much just a car with Siri built in?”
* From the Huffington Post’s Best Parenting Tweets of the Week
… about your expectations for public education … political will = support for our under-funded schools and a fair deal for teachers
It’s been a while since posting any Playing for Change
Playing For Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music.
Here’s a great take on CSN&Y’s Teach Your Children Well
Hello everyone, today we are proud to share a powerful live performance of “Teach your children” from Adelaide, Australia featuring Tula, Roberto Luti and the PFC Band. Years ago when we started recording songs around the world together such as “One Love” and “Chanda Mama” we never imagined we would be growing a global movement supporting music education across the globe but this is the power of music. Today’s live performance embodies all that we believe in, soulful music with an inspiring message helping us to move forward as a human race one heart and one song at a time.
Turn it up!!
I’m away from my desktop right now. Click on link above to get the version right on Vimeo.
It’s worth it!
It’s indeed a head-scratcher these days that elected officials publicly balk at proposed intiatives that introduce transparency into their expense claims. A few of the CSRD directors appear to be dragging their feet (they are portraying this otherwise) on senior staff proposals to introduce modern policies on expenses accountablity and on handing out grants prior to elections. Two thoughts in particular … Continue reading
… starting January 2015 with annual increases at the beginning of each year as of 2016 – based on the BC CPI . This was supported by all the politicos with Councillor Kentel unsuccessfully proposing a multi-year phase-in of the increases. Here’s the skinny including some adjustments that I’d suggest as well. Continue reading