Exercise bike:

… An oddly shaped coat rack usually found in basement corners

From the Washington Post’s The Style Invitational  where they asked readers for wry, cynical “Devil’s Dictionary”-type definitions of words or expressions; the catch was that the term plus the definition had to consist of exactly 12 words

Thinking for Future Generations by Youth

eac-bctomorrow-presentationI’m the current chair of Salmon Arm’s Environmental Advisory Committee. This past Thursday we had a presentation from BC Tomorrow educator Dave Ramsay on the initiative to provide online simulation for students to analyze complex land use issues both historically and projecting into the future. It’s exciting both for the technological applications as well as the educational goals given the new BC Curriculum emphasizing the integration of large ideas. This is a powerful project coming from right here in the Shuswap. Check it out.

The goal is to adapt software offered by AlbertaTomorrow, populate it with BC data and applications and share it with all schools in BC. Implementation will offer powerful educational outcomes. Check out this short video from the Alberta context as students and educators explain  the power of analyzing complex issues with simulation.


R8 = Great !

R-8 is Salmon Arm’s zoning for residential suites – be they a “secondary suite contained within a single family dwelling or a detached suite contained within an accessory building”. Applications for R-8 zoning have been the most common ones coming to council- and approved – during the past few years.

And that’s a good thing imo. R-8 zoning promotes smart growth, legalizes secondary housing and ensures that proper building codes are in place. On site parking is required and the zoning legitimizes the traditional “mortgage helper” and provides for increased rental housing.

Council has seen R-8 applications for existing houses, for new builds and for whole sub-divisions under development. It’s happening all across Salmon Arm.

Only one secondary or detached suite is permitted per parcel plus there are reasonable minimum and maximum parameters for the parcel and floor areas and the ratio between them. Other prescribed criteria are available here (pages 59-60). The city’s Development Services department can answer questions  that you might have.



Aim High is back in the saddle

Catching up with changed trends!

It’s been a while since the last postings but I’m geared up to hit the blogging trail again.

Aim High will be different though. The reality is that Social Media is a much more direct way to connect and it takes a lot less time. That’s pretty well been my big shift this past year.

There’s still a need though for sharing information that’s longer than a Tweet or a Facebook click and share. That more in-depth aspect will happen here – only more periodically – in conjunction with my Twitter and Facebook accounts. Click on the icons in the right hand column to follow those feeds.

There are other changes too. The blog itself is refreshed with a more mobile-centric theme. There are content changes as well. Aim High will focus on my take re the goings-on … be they civic, social or whatever my ponderings are as I walk the dogs.

I’ll continue to actively promote others’ perspectives on issues as well as community organizations and events but that will be solely through the sharing of their Social Media feeds rather than posting directly here on Aim High.