Over at Our Place in Canada, BNB encourages anyone interested to participate in a campaign by the Community Linkages Concept Committee, that asks for feedback from people in communities all over the province about the opportunities, strengths, weaknesses and threats to communities.
None of NL's economic challenges will be solved overnight but credit is due this group for being interested in connecting with people in communities to ignite or re-ignite discussion about their futures.
Ray Johnson, known for his unique voice, style, accordian playing, and distinctly interesting accent, chairs the committee. He and the CLCC group are interested in rural Newfoundland and Labrador and learning about its possibilities. Those who live there, or have, or those who have ideas for rural areas are welcome to contribute their opinions.
The CLCC has posted seven questions to get people thinking:
1) What are the problems facing your community?
2) What potential do you see in your community?
3) How can the province’s new found oil wealth be used to benefit rural areas?
4) How important is culture and heritage to you?
5) How can our culture and heritage be protected or enhanced?
6) What business opportunities exist in your area and how can government help to make breathe life into these opportunities?
7) What is the state of youth in rural communities?
I would add another: Thinking slightly outside the box, what are the potential opportunities that might arise if advertising to potential tourists in Asia for example, were pursued. In British Columbia, there is already a huge Asian population, which might influence the Asian tourists, but in any case, there are very many Asian tourists who like to visit for sight seeing, and what the cities and towns have to offer. Newfoundland & Labrador might seem very exotic, open, clean, and much more easy going pace wise than what they are used to, therefore, a possible attraction angle. Just tossing an idea out there.
Summarizing long term potential for business ventures: who can get involved, what other local services and people could benefit. For example, if a group of Japanese tourists were enticed to visit the South Coast for a boat tour of the Coast during the summer season, what activities, souvenirs, amenities, services might they avail of while taking this excursion.
How about community/regional recycling? How about health education programs that promote more fit, healthier individuals. Health is the foundation of moving forward.
You can contact the CLCC in the following ways:
It’s website: www.clccnl.ca/tellus
Via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or by mail:
P.O. Box 122
Lower Island Cove, NL