Opinions needed for Community Platform

As the municipal elections get closer, a local group wants to hear your thoughts on local issues.

As  the municipal elections get closer, a local group wants to hear your thoughts on local issues.

One Cowichan, a citizen-run group that brings citizens together to make a difference in their community, has launched a survey to gauge local opinion on a range of issues ahead of November’s municipal elections. The result will be a Community Platform used to engage citizens and assess candidates.

“Politics is too important to be left just to politicians,” Lake Cowichan team member Evelyn Hunter said in a press release. “Citizens have a lot of ideas and opinions that candidates need to be made aware of.”

One Cowichan supporters will also be on doorsteps this fall, encouraging people to vote. Like the rest of B.C., the Cowichan Valley historically has low municipal voter turnout, with about a third of people voting, states the release.

“Local government is the closest level of government to us, making decisions that affect us every day,” said One Cowichan organizer Rosalie Sawrie. “We’ll be out talking to our neighbours and building a bandwagon that ends up at the voting booth.”

The survey questions were developed in consultation with the neighbourhood teams that One Cowichan has helped build over the past months in anticipation of a possible HST-style citizens’ initiative on the Enbridge pipeline.

The survey will be open until Sept. 17, and One Cowichan intends to release the Community Platform around Oct. 1. A questionnaire based on the Community Platform will then be sent to candidates.

The survey can be found at www.onecowichan.ca.