Submited by Roy Mulder (rsmulder[at]shaw.ca) for Vancouver ChangeCamp 2011.
Vancouver has the ocean next to it as well as many creeks and rivers running through it. Often water is overlooked, as it doesn’t fall into the city’s jurisdiction. Land based pollution from up-river and serious threats like oil tankers aren’t discussed enough at a city level. Perhaps it is time to build community around the issues that are affected by the water next to them. There are plans to increase tanker traffic through the Burrard Inlet. This could severely affect the city when something happens.
It seems logical for the people being affected by an activity to participate in having a say in how it is used.