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Well, it’s certainly getting a lot of media attention. Councillor Stephen Ashton is up to 10 live interviews and counting.
Not sure how many of you heard Stephen on the national CBC Radio show Q today. He did a really good job of answering questions, and explaining what our community has to gain by this: retaining our uniqueness, our spirit, our identity. It’s both for ourselves, and for our tourism “brand” (oh I hate that word, but you know what I mean).
Jian Ghomeshi has posed it as his question of the day:
Should a community be able to ban retail chains and fast-food franchises?
As of nearing midnight, he has got well over 100 responses from across the nation – almost all of them strongly in support of the motion to ban the chains. There is even a refrain echoing in numerous posts of “Go Tofino!”
Check out the comments (you can add one there, too – or here): http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2010/03/should_a_community_be_able_to.html#comments
You can also listen to Stephen’s March 19th Q interview online – as of Friday night it has not yet been posted, but I am sure they will have it up shortly: http://www.cbc.ca/q/pastepisodes.html Click the March 19th podcast to listen to it now; to save the mp3 and listen later, right click (PC) or option-click (Mac).
Power’s been out in Tofino/Ucluelet since 3:32 am. They say the cause is “transmission circuit failure” (something to do with the wind, I guess) and that it should be back on by noon.
More info about it here: http://www.bchydro.com/outages/orsMapView.jsp?region=IslandNorth
I checked the DriveBC site – there is nothing posted about any road closure.
If anyone has any further info to add, please Comment here.