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.

 

 

Just Posted

Port Renfrew man charged with animal cruelty

Hot coffee poured on dog’s face, say police

Sooke cougar sighting unconfirmed

Boy had a close encounter with the big cat

Central Saanich makes moves to alieviate business transit concerns

Councillor calls for enhanced service and long-term transit passes

Saanich sponsors Jeux de la Francophonie giving $50,000 for the French-language Games

Couns. Susan Brice and Nathalie Chambers opposed funding, citing substantive and procedural concerns

VIDEO: B.C. MLA Michelle Stilwell takes first steps in nearly 30 years

‘It actually felt like walking. It’s been 27 years… but it felt realistic to me’

Report of dead body in B.C. park actually headless sex doll

This discovery, made at Manning Park on July 10, led police to uncovering two other sex mannequins

Grand Forks fire chief found to have bullied, harassed volunteer firefighter: report

WorkSafeBC, third-party human resources investigation looking into allegations complete

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as B.C. bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

15-year-old with imitation gun caused ‘dynamic’ scene at Nanaimo mall

No one was harmed in Monday’s incident, say Nanaimo RCMP

B.C. on right road with tougher ride-hailing driver rules, says expert

The provincial government is holding firm that ride-hailing drivers have a Class 4 licence

RCMP investigating alleged ‘sexual misconduct’ by cyclist on BCIT campus

BCIT said they were reviewing video evidence of the incident

New home cost dips in B.C.’s large urban centres

Victoria, Kelowna, Vancouver prices decline from last year

Graphic suicide scene edited out of ‘13 Reasons Why’ finale

Suicide prevention groups support the decision

Most Read