A discussion on political, economic and social issues in British Columbia, and Canada
“I am asked – and I’m speaking to young Canada now – are there rewards in public life? There are – not monetary but there is a tremendous satisfaction in being able to say I tried, I stood."
~~~ John G Diefenbaker
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Lost jobs equals decreased population, equals reduced services, equals closed businesses, equals closed schools
latest from the BC government says that it is, " ... seeking public input on rural education as part of a strategy being
created by Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Education Linda Larson to better
understand the needs of students, parents, schools and communities in rural BC
the biggest need would be to actually keep schools, in rural communities, open.
is however, that the government has failed, miserably, to provide the supports
and structure rural communities need, as well as failing to have resource
development approved to ensure long-term, and increased employment, in rural British Columbia.
sectors, for rural and small town BC, job losses have been dramatic (BC Stats Earnings
and Employment Trends - October 2016):
Agriculture ... down 33%
Forestry and Logging ... down
19% since 2007
Fishing, Hunting and Trapping
down 31% since 2007
equals decreased population, equals reduced services, equals closed businesses,
equals closed schools.On top of that it
also means closed hospitals, court houses, and government agencies.
in a long list of job losses will be just down the road in Merritt, in a matter
of months ... over 200 direct jobs as a results of Tolko closing their mill in
just a few weeks.
Barnett, Minister of State for Rural Economic Development, acknowledges herself
that, “Schools are a lifeline in B.C. communities.
This is especially evident in smaller towns where one elementary school may be
used before and after class for childcare, on the weekends by a local theatre
company and in the evenings for a local sports team."
answers seems simple enough; strengthen employment opportunities in rural
communities, and growth and the end to school closures, in rural BC, will
If you want to have your say, go to http://engage.gov.bc.ca/ruraleducation