Editorial: We live in a great country

Small communities are the heart of Canada, a pristine and liberal country

July 1 signifies the beginning of summer in Canada. It’s a day to mull over what it means to be Canadian and appreciate this amazing country full of natural resources, unspoiled waters and magnificent landscapes. We can look forward to a future safe from tyranny, out of control military, and state control over lives and liberty. Canada, for the most part, is a pretty good place to live.

Perhaps we take it for granted a little too much. We cannot be cradled and rocked into a sense of complacency, where our prime interest is the lives of the people more famous than any of us. A great country begins in all of the small communities.

We are community with heart and people come here to experience some of that. We want visitors to feel welcome and we all need to ensure they are. Welcome them with a smile and show them how friendly this little place called Sooke is. We may not be the prettiest coastal town and we may not have a lot of entertainment but we have a whole lot of this wild West Coast.

We can clean it up with a littl effort. If everyone would just pick up that bit of garbage they see on the sidewalk, in a parking lot or park, the visual side of Sooke would be much improved. It doesn’t really take all that much to enhance a visitor’s experience. They come here for the scenery, beaches and coastal experience and we have plenty of that.

Try a little patience and a whole lot of friendly and they will come back for more.