Citizens for a Livable Cranbrook Society provides grassroots leadership and an inclusive process, with a voice for all community members, to ensure that our community grows and develops in a way that incorporates an environmental ethic, offers a range of housing and transportation choices, encourages a vibrant and cultural life and supports sustainable, meaningful employment and business opportunities.

Friday, January 30, 2015

January Spring

Stewart Wilson Photos

What's Happening.....

A quiet weekend ahead in Cranbrook but plan now for the many events to take place in February.

Friday January 30

Snowed in Comedy Tour
8:30 Key City Theatre
Tickets Key City Theatre

Thursday February 5th

Rotary Film Series
Sunshine on the Leith
Tickets Lotus Books

Tues Feb 10 
Le Vent Du Nord
Key City Theatre

Feb. 10,11, 12
Gypsy at the Key

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Are We in Control of Our Own Decisions?

Elected Officials who Blog

Blogging is becoming more popular amongst some elected municipal officials.

In Kamloops Councillor Arjun Singh has written a blog for Kamloops residents since 2005.

Now Penticton Mayor Jakubeit has joined the municipal elected officials list of bloggers.
"Mayor's Minute" blog provides instant update on city happenings
By Steve Arstad

PENTICTON - A new feature on the City of Penticton’s website will update you on all things Penticton in one minute.
The “Mayors Minute” blog launched this week as a new feature on the city’s website. The blog gives many residents an easy to access opportunity to read about council news and councillors’ thoughts.
Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said he wants the blog to be “a window that helps people see what council does - the amazing volunteers we meet, the serious issues we tackle and the light-hearted moments we encounter, too.”
The blog will also provide means for councillors to provide guest posts on issues they are aware of. Pictures, featured community programs and links to events will be enabled with the blog, with additional features to be added in the future.
The blog can also be found under the city news section of the City of Penticton website.

and here is another in Ontario:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Necessity of Art and Beauty

A Point of View: Why tyrants are afraid of art and beauty

Beauty - and art - may seem unnecessary luxuries, but they are as essential to our survival as food and water, argues AL Kennedy.
A while ago I was at my mother's house and - as I walked into the hall - there was a tray set out and on the tray was a dish of rose petals. A single petal wasn't in the bowl, it was on the tray. Without thinking, I put the petal into the bowl because I'm anal retentive and controlling and don't really enjoy, or even understand ornaments. I live in hotels a lot - mostly the only ornaments there will be a kettle......
Art is a power, and much of its true power is invisible, private, memorised and held even in prison cells and on forced marches, so you can see why totalitarians of all kinds dislike it. You can see why Soviet Russia and Bible Belt America had to resist rock and roll, why Nazi leaders would ban the work of decadent artists, Jewish artists, black artists, of all the untermenschen - while secretly appropriating its glamour and comfort for themselves - or why suspected communists would be prevented from making films in McCarthy's Hollywood, why the Bamiyan Buddhas had to be destroyed, why the Dubrovnik world heritage site had to be shelled, why it would seem amusing and powerful to compel musicians to play while people screamed in gas chambers, why in most years, somewhere books are burned, or why the Khmer Rouge would ban the word for sleep, or kill a girl - as it was put - "because she was too beautiful". The control of our art is very often to prevent us from being too beautiful, independently sustained by beauty from uncontrollable sources - beautiful for ourselves, beautiful for others.
To read the whole article go to the link above.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunset Glory January 25th

photos Jenny Humphrey and Stewart Wilson

Is Green Power Rising?

How 2015 Could Be Historic for Greens

What Elizabeth May has to offer Justin Trudeau, and her prize just two elections away.
By Kai Nagata, 31 Dec 2014,

What would the House of Commons look like with the addition of a few dozen Green MPs? Under any kind of minority government, a Green caucus led by Elizabeth May would wield outsized political clout. For example, they could demand important environmental policy commitments every time they helped pass a government bill.
This could be reality in four years or less, if Green Party members in a few key ridings play their cards right.
Here's the situation. The Greens hold just two seats out of 308 in Ottawa -- one secured by Elizabeth May in 2011 and the other courtesy of Bruce Hyer, the former NDP MP for Thunder Bay who sat as an independent before joining May as a Green.
That's just 0.6 per cent of seats, despite the Greens polling as high as 10 per cent nationally. One survey commissioned by the party found as many as three in 10 Canadians would consider voting Green. What holds them back is Canada's first-past-the-post voting system, under which Green candidates almost never have enough concentrated support in a single riding to win.


A CBC Defender Aims to Be Vancouver Island's Next Green

Driven to save the threatened broadcaster, Jo-Ann Roberts enters the ring.
By Andrew MacLeod, Yesterday, 

You've said both the Liberals and the Greens sought you as a candidate. How did you decide?
It was a hard decision. I looked at their platforms. I don't know Justin Trudeau personally. I grew up in the time of his father, whom I did admire. But I admire Elizabeth May, personally. I admire that she's trying to change the conversation. So when I looked at the party platforms, Vision Green was closer to my own values and what I think the country should look like going forward... Overarching all the issues in this election, I would think, is how we are going to approach the future of our climate and our environment.