We are not alone

Vancouver Islanders are not immune to the impact of events taking place elsewhere in the world




t’s clear by reading some stories in today’s edition of The News that we do not live on an island.

Well, we do, of course, but what we’re trying to say here is that provincial, national or even global issues, events and stories have real effect on the daily lives of Oceanside residents.

The drought in the U.S. midwest, for example, is providing real challenges to farmers in our area. Prices for hay, feed, etc. have increased dramatically. Like any other business, increases in production costs for farmers could mean higher prices for that jug of milk, carton of eggs or steak you buy at the local food stores.

Then there’s the ongoing battle between the billionaire owners and millionaire players of the NHL.How could that possibly affect us? Even if you don’t put a value on the emotional capital and pleasure many of us derive from watching the world’s greatest game played at its highest level, there are more practical considerations for local people.

As we learned from a story in today’s paper, some local watering holes are looking at real declines in revenue if the Canucks aren’t playing this season, especially come playoff time — assuming the Vancouver team will make the post season.

Drink specials, food specials, contest and prizes are all part of the fun of watching NHL hockey at Oceanside bars, restaurants and pubs. Canucks games really boost the bottom line of these businesses in the slower months of winter.

While the drought and its effects are a Mother Nature issue — and it invites bad karma to snipe at her — the NHL lockout is beyond annoying. The level of hockey being played now — the speed, size, power and skill — is higher than it has ever been, which makes it a bad time to shut the NHL down from a business perspective. At a time when more fans could be getting interested, the league and the players are instead alienating current fans and doing nothing to grow their fan base.

What can we do about all this on our island? Think globally and act locally — hug a farmer today and throw your dollars and support behind the Oceanside Generals.


— editorial by John Harding



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