Editorial: Living in the best place on Earth

August 4 marks B.C. Day, a day to celebrate a great province

It’s B.C. Day on Monday, August 4 and it comes at the best time of the year — the middle of summer.

Those of us who are lucky enough to live in British Columbia will enjoy the statutory holiday by enjoying our amazing climate, geography and culture. It’s almost a Canadian responsibility to get outdoors and enjoy the waning days of summer.

We actually have it all in British Columbia — from the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains. The vast interior plains and forests, to the lakes and rivers scattered across the province  are all within easy reach. The vineyards and orchards in the Okanagan and the Fraser Valley farms all supply us with what we need and what we enjoy.

This is a very abundant province with such a variety of landscapes and seascapes. We have the potential to grow all of our own food and Mother Nature supplies the rest. So why don’t we?

It is imperative to preserve what farm land we have and say “no” when it is being wrestled away from the farmer to the developer. Farming doesn’t make anyone rich, but we need to ensure we can supply our own needs without relying on other countries for food. We may not be able to grow avocados or mangoes, but we can grow the basics. We need to ensure our resources remain in Canadian hands because this is our inheritance and our legacy. We can’t and shouldn’t sell it away to the highest bidder.

We all take pride in being British Columbians and we need to remember what we love about this province, what it affords us and why it is important to protect our life in this province.

Take a moment on this B.C. Day to reflect on the beauty of our province and the incredible lifestyle we enjoy here. Take a road less travelled and discover a place you may never have been to before. Enjoy our beaches and lakes and cities and bask in the knowledge that we live in the best place on earth. Happy B.C. Day.