Caveat lector

This is a blog. A dying media, but indulge me.

I started writing this something like a decade ago, when blogging was something people did. I started writing about things going on in New Westminster and my volunteer work with the New West Environmental Partners under the title “GreenNewWest”. I then realized this was probably confusing to people because I didn’t represent the Green Party, so I switched to the play-on-words NWimby (New West – in my back yard) which was funny/ironic because I was not a NIMBY. Some folks missed the irony. Most (all?) of those blog poss are still here if you go to the archives, though their links are inevitably broken, and many of the strongly held opinions I had back then have probably changed. Some more than once.

When I got elected, I migrated the blogging to the current form. I committed when I ran to keep on blogging about the City, and wanted to use this media to help people get engaged and maybe open up the City Hall process a bit. I have managed to keep that promise by reporting here on every decision made during my time at Council, and giving people some insight into how we got to where we are (and gave them lots of ammunition to call me out on bad decisions). It has become a little more boring because of that, and I’m sorry. Governance is sometimes boring.

As time allows, I am also trying to keep up on posting those strongly held opinions that may change in the future. Now that I’m a “politician” (part time!) that is a dangerous thing, as political opponents will inevitably try to use something you said before against you now, all the better if it is stripped of context, or can be used to characterize you as a “flop flopper” or “radical” or some such pejorative. Meh.

Everything I write here is in my own words (outside of quotations, of course), and opinions are mine. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the City or of my Council colleagues or of any rational person, and this is in no way City-endorsed communications.

I am both an environmentalist (political opinion) and an environmental scientist (scientific discipline). My environmental concerns are informed by science, not by fear mongering or by conspiracy theories. I am convinced by the body of scientific evidence that WiFi does not cause cancer, and that homeopathy cannot cure it. I (obviously) don’t have a copy editor, and do most of my writing in frenzy, late at night when other pressures on my time and consciousness are abated for a few hours. If I took the time for sober second thought and reflection (or to fix spelling) nothing would ever be posted. I often start sentences with conjunctions and end them with prepositions, and my favorite piece of punctuation is ellipses. I know these are bad habits, but I suppose, like it or hate it, that is my voice. Please forgive the typos and recognize this as a volunteer effort, with volunteer results.

It feels weird to do a territorial acknowledgment on-line, but I endeavour to remain aware that I work, live, and play on lands taken from the original inhabitants in an unjust way, and that the harms caused by the colonialization and genocide on these lands are not just part of an ancient past, but are around us today. To the Qayqayt, Tsleil-Waututh, Kwikwetlem, Musqueam, Kwantlen, Katzie and other peoples whose traditional use of these lands may have been lost through time and erasure by colonialization, I acknowledge that this land is unceded, and am committed to respectful and meaningful reconciliation.

So, fairly warned, please read, enjoy, share with your friends and neighbours, and tell me what you think.