I am running for my second term as councillor for the district of Port Hardy. The first three years were such an education in how the town works, how business is conducted and the process of getting things accomplished.
Even though we accomplished some things, there is much more to do!
In order to attract visitors or keep present jobs, some measures may be fairly simple.
We are the largest fish unloading port in B.C., yet it is very difficult to access, whether for home or in local restaurants.
Visitors often ask, “Where can I find fresh seafood on the menu?” It is embarrassing to tell them that they cannot. Unless you fish yourself or have a neighbour that does, you have to get it from the local store, pricey and how fresh.
With the fish unloading, you have boats that need servicing and supplies. We have to support anyone that would like to operate businesses that would like to operate a boatyard/haul out! Boats that cannot be serviced here, may go elsewhere, taking their fish with them and leaving good-paying jobs behind.
Even though we have a new medical clinic, there are still issues, such as the lack of medical and support staff.
Our seniors are almost 25 per cent of our population and need better care and services.
Internet is getting closer and closer and we must continue better access for everyone, whether schools, homes, businesses and visitors.
BC Ferries is also an issue. The cancelled routes and lessened sailings have cost Port Hardy
considerable dollars from loss of business and exposure to the world from fewer visitors.
The Ferry Corporation is also a hindrance to making closer ties with the Central Coast that relies on our services!
There are still lots of things to do! Please vote on November 15 and re-elect Rick Marcotte to Port Hardy Council.