Livability’s Meaning

Words like Livability have been criticized as having no “meaning”. Livability does have meaning; it effects all of our lives and I assure you means quite a bit to those working hard to build and maintain their lives in Squamish. People who expect their municipal councillors to work harder.

Actionable policies that can be put in place to address increasing livability. We can bring in a Regional Housing Authority. We can have more active transport. We can work with other levels of government and the private sector to ensure safe Regional Transit options exist.

We also have a problem with human and other Waste On Trails that impedes livability in recreation.

I have made two simple promises that I can and will keep when elected as you Squamish Councilor to improve Livability, as well as working hard to achieve other larger goals and policies important to people.

the right to wind in your hairI promise, to bring “The Right to Wind in Your Hair” to Squamish as Your Squamish Councilor. Not only are we named after “the Mother of the Wind”, we are the “Outdoor capital of Canada.”  How can we not make this happen to increase livability all our residents.

During this campaign, people have promised a lot of things. Many people have asked what we can do as a council to improve their lives. Some of these things will take co-ordination at multiple levels of government, such as regional transit. Experience that I have.

I can’t personally promise to give you money, or to fund large programs. I can tell you, I will dedicate myself to working towards larger, long term social infrastructure needs, such as housing, recreation, a new Brennan Park, and other Livability measures.

I can however, make one simple campaign promise. If I am elected Your Squamish Councilor, I will bring Cycling Without Age  to Squamish. As a community, we can afford bikes for this program with support from business and local recreation groups.  As the “Outdoor Capital of Canada”, doesn’t every Squamish elder have the “Right to Wind in Your Hair”?

We can do this Squamish! We can improve Livability, foster community and connections between people, increase recreation opportunities for people of all ages, and get out and have some fun at the same time. Join me and let’s bring Cycling Without Age Canada  to Squamish. There are already 16 Chapters in Canada, 3 in BC; Nelson, Victoria, and Sydney. Alberta has 4. Let’s do this Squamish and be that 4th Chapter in BC.

The Scottish Parliament has promoted this program for the entire country. “The team behind an innovative scheme, Cycling Without Age, which helps older people benefit from cycling is to receive additional Scottish Government support. A Pilot project running in Falkirk is currently benefitting from £36,000 from the  Scottish Government and the European Social Fund.” This can be done by municipal government.

2ndCampaign Promise:

Public Washroom Directory on District website

to address several issues raised during this campaign, such as human waste on trials, vanlife, and increased communication by the Council and The District of Squamish, I promise to ask staff to add a page to the District website to communicate the location of public washrooms, their hours, what facillities they have, and to increase the number of men’s washrooms with change tables.

People shouldn’t have to use sites like Public Toilet Near Me to find a public washroom in Squamish. And men shouldn’t have to go to several or#squatforchange to find a place to change their infants. Its great to have new washrooms at Trailheads, now we need to let people know about them.

This is an easy way to increase communication and livability for Squamish.

Some might think these promises are small compared to the larger issues facing Squamish. I agree, however this is the kind of work from council that affects people’s quality of day-to-day life and takes up the majority of council time – and it’s a promise we can keep.

We can always work on improving communication; this is something that I noticed and promise to continue doing.

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