B.C. is already a pretty darn great place to live. A gorgeous climate, gorgeous people inside and out, gorgeous food... But how can we all make it even better? We asked some influential and just plain interesting British Columbians to answer this statement: “For a better B.C., I would ...”
The replies we collected range from serious to silly.
We also want to hear from you. Share your ideas with us on Twitter and use #BetterBC, or right here in the comments. We'll showcase your best ideas in a future post. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Vancouver Coun. Kerry Jang said he would simply build more affordable housing, pointing out it’s especially difficult for people to live in the same area where they work.
Tofino food truck owner Kaeli Robinsong told The Huffington Post B.C. that she would ban the construction of pipelines in B.C. while 10-year-old activist Ta'Kaiya Blaney vowed to protect the B.C. coast from development.
On the lighter side, famed celebrity interviewer Nardwuar The Human Serviette said mandatory listening of his “favourite radio station in the world” would make B.C. a better place.
For more ideas on improving B.C., check out the slideshow.
VIkram Vij, Chef, Vancouver
<strong>"... open the borders."</strong> "Let everybody come in and enjoy being multicultural."
Mayor Mike Bernier, Dawson Creek
<strong>"... bring trust back to politicians."</strong> " I would personally love to see from the political side of things, municipal or provincial, that we reach out and try to do a better job of engaging the public and bringing them along for all the decisions being made."
Ta'Kaiya Blaney, Singer/Activist, North Vancouver
<strong>"... I <em>will </em>protect the wilderness and coast of B.C. from development."</strong> "In my culture it's part of my past and understanding that everything is connected so once you take away the cedar trees and clear-cut the forest, how are we supposed to make cedar baskets? It's important to me, to First Nations in B.C. to keep our culture alive and pass down what has been passed down to us."
Vancouver Councillor Kerry Jang
<strong>"... build more affordable housing."</strong> "For me it's about making sure we have a range of housing available in the cities and the regions to allow people to live and work where they choose, not because they have to. And that just helps our economy because if you can work closer, that's great!"
Antonia Freybe-Smith, Jets Overhead singer, Victoria
<strong>"... relax the rule about campfires on beaches a little bit." </strong> "I think we could all use a few more beachfire sing-a-longs in our lives!"
Ian Hanomansing, CBC Journalist, Vancouver
<strong>"... do whatever is necessary to make sure next time the Canucks are in the Stanley Cup final, the series doesn't go seven games."</strong>
Kaeli Robinsong, TacoFino co-owner, Tofino
<strong>"... (have) no pipelines."</strong> "I would like to see a ban of any future prospect of an oil pipeline coming through B.C. from Alberta to the coast."
Nardwuar The Human Serviette, Celebrity interviewer/Musician, Vancouver
<strong>"... share my favourite radio station with everyone."</strong> "I would make my favourite radio station in the world, UBC's <a href="http://www.citr.ca" target="_hplink">CiTR 101.9</a> mandatory listening for all British Columbians! Doot doola doot doo ... doot doo!"
Rabbi Shmulik Yeshayahu, Community Kollel, Vancouver
<strong>"... focus on educating the next generation with an emphasis on moral and ethical values and by inspiring them to live a life of meaning and purpose."</strong> <a href="http://thekollel.com/" target="_hplink">Ohel Ya'Akov Community Kollel</a>
Richard Hunt, CEO of Penticton Whole Foods Market, Penticton
<strong>"... how much better can it get?" </strong> "I sincerely believe that Canada is the best country in the world to live in and B.C. is the best province in the country. I can't point to a single thing that would make the whole province a whole lot better." <a href="http://wfm.ca/" target="_hplink">Penticton Whole Foods Market</a>