Previous Public Input Received
The following input and submissions were gathered by the commission through public hearings held in 29 communities throughout B.C. from September to November 2014. The public also provided input through the online submission form, by email and by mail to be reviewed and considered as the commission develops a Preliminary Report for further public input.
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    Donald Olds, Mission, BC
    2014-11-16

    My name is Don Olds. I lived in Hope for 29 years and just moved to Mission last month.

    I am a retired Educator. I was the Regional Rep for Area “C” from 1990 to 1993 on the Fraser-Cheam Regional District. I also served one-term as a Councillor for the District o Hope from 1991 to 1993. I am very familiar with the Eastern Fraser Valley and the Western half of the Southern Interior Region.

    My involvement in local politics provided me with valuable knowledge and experience and how decisions are made by senior level politicians in Victoria and Ottawa. At different times I represented both the Municipality of Hope and Area “C” of the Regional District, the unincorporated area surrounding Hope.

    When the local jurisdictions I was personally elected in were a part of the Yale-Lillooet Constituency Hope and the Fraser Canyon communities received the greatest attention from our MLAs, including Bill Hartley (NDP), Tom Waterland (Social Credit), Jimmy Rabbitt (Social Credit) and Harry Lali (NDP). For instance, the Province of BC re-built the Hope-Fraser Bridge, two new schools in Hope, new wing added to the Hope Hospital, the construction of the bridge over the Fraser River in Boston Bar to replace the old aerial ferry, construction of the Coquihalla Highway, construction of the Hope Pool/Library Complex, the 24-unit Joan Greenwood Social Housing Complex, funding toward the rebuild of the Hope-Princeton Way within the District of Hope boundaries and many more projects. Our Yale-Lillooet MLAs always made time to visit Hope and area on a regular basis.

    Unfortunately, since we were separated from Yale-Lillooet and added to Chilliwack we rarely see our MLA, who is from Chilliwack. We have virtually not had any major projects built in the Hope area since 2009. We are neglected in Chilliwack-Hope because Hope does not have enough votes to counter the power and influence of the much bigger city of Chilliwack. Chilliwack’s priorities are much different from Hope, their agriculture and housing economy is booming and the population is growing in leaps and bounds. Meanwhile, the resource-based economy of the much smaller communities of Hope, Boston Bar, Spuzzum and Yale continue to bleed, just like the other small, resource-based communities in Fraser-Nicola. Our “community interest” lies with Fraser-Nicola, not Chilliwack.

    We have very little in common with Chilliwack. Those who argue to the contrary solely base their opinions on people shopping at the “big-box” stores in Chilliwack once or twice a month, or having to access major health care services every few months or a few years there. This does not, by any means, constitute a “community interest”.

    I respectfully ask that the Commission reinstate Hope and the Fraser Canyon with Fraser-Nicola as it was before 2008. The western Boundary of Hope should comprise up to and including the Peters Indian Band south of the Fraser River and up to and including the Seabird Island Indian Band north of the Fraser River. This would be a great fit again, as Fraser-Nicola’s population has dwindled over the years.

    Regards,
    Don Olds



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