Political aspirations?

Do you aspire to be a local politician? We are in the third year of a four-year term so if you are thinking about it, now is the time to kick it up a notch. Research. If you haven’t already started, live-stream current meetings and watch archived videos of council and committee meetings.

Learn the political landscape – the primary issues that prevail in Clarington and how the existing council responds to it. What motivates a person to run for mayor, regional or local councillor? Is it the fame? The glory? The outstanding pay? Bad reasons to run.

You need a better reason than “People are ready for change!” Newsflash: everyone says that, for every election. Sometimes it’s true and sometimes it’s just perception. If the best you can do is “Hey, I’m new!” You are in for a rude awakening. You need to understand budgets, financial statements, water, sewer, garbage, road construction, residential/commercial/industrial development, the role of governance, Inter-municipal relations, by-laws, social and economic development and more.

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Hangin in there

2021 will be the year of patience. We are all tired of having endured the past nine months of revolving lockdowns, quarantine measures, and not being able to visit those to whom we are closest.

No matter what your opinions are regarding the pandemic, we all need to pull together in order to defeat this virus as vaccinations are being rolled out across the province, the country and the world.

Patience. The province has a three-phase plan that determines who will be eligible to receive the vaccination – should they wish, with the final stage rolling out mid to late summer.

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Happy Holidays

It’s hard to believe – but, here we are, the last paper of 2020. It’s been a tough one. Although we have lost a lot – we have also gained a lot. The response to coronavirus has demonstrated the contribution that communities make to public health. It has come to light that community life is essential for health and wellbeing. Now more than ever we are aware of the value of social connections, neighbourliness, sense of be-longing, control, and mutual trust. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, communities have sprung into action. Neighbours are connecting and look-ing out for each other more than usual, informal support groups in local areas have organized ensuring no one is left behind. Our communities have shown and built their resilience repeatedly over the past year. With winter on the horizon, we can’t lose sight of the need to support the seldom heard, isolated and excluded individuals and communities. Hav-ing a strong community infrastructure and supportive social networks are factors that help communities withstand and adapt to shocks.

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Finding gratitude amid chaos

I don’t suspect I will get much of an argument when I say that our lives during this past year have been turned upside down. The pandemic has changed the way we live and work, how we think and behave.

Unlike an earthquake or a flood, the coronavirus pandemic was a gradual unfolding disaster. In the beginning the Persian adage, “this too shall pass” was the catch phrase.

Every part of the world has been affected, and every aspect of life has been impacted. In the beginning our every-day routines were brought to a stop, any sense of normalcy was lost. There was a brief moment when things were looking up. The curve appeared to be flattening. Now we are deep into the pandemic’s second wave. So deep that we are not far from resetting the clock back to where we were in April.

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Broadband dilemma

COVID-19 lockdowns have exposed the digital have-nots in rural areas. The current public health emergency has shown just how critical adequate and affordable broadband infrastructure is for communities – individuals trying to work, access health care and attempting to teach kids from home.

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