Mountain News: Canmore takes Natural Step 

CANMORE, Alberta – Sustainability means many things to different people. In Canmore, where a sustainability plan is being drawn up, some people say that for Canmore to be sustainable, it needs to cap the population at, say, 30,000. Others think it must limit the number of part-timers if it is to remain sustainable.

Also suggested in the interest of a sustainable community were:

• The need for seniors’ assisted living facilities.

• A bowling alley for youngsters.

• A limit on the size of homes, to reduce their carbon footprint.

• More local food production, by allowing residents to keep chickens in their backyards and allocation of land for community gardens and greenhouses.

And so the talk goes on in what is a three-step process designed by the Natural Step regimen. Natural Step was also used by Whistler to create a sustainability plan.


Immigrants want answers, licences

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – The profound disconnect between American immigration laws and the economic realities of resort-based mountain valleys was on stage, front and centre, at a recent meeting in Jackson Hole attended by 140 people.

The meeting, explains the Jackson Hole News & Guide, was provoked by a six-fold increase in the number of deportations during the last year. Many of those deportations are attributed to arrests for driving without licences.

So, asked immigrants, how do you get a driver’s licence, which is necessary to get to jobs at remote locations?

The short answer is: You can’t get a driver’s licence if you have no evidence of legal residency. A license from Mexico is not satisfactory, and neither is an international driver’s licence.

“Do not waste your money on an international licence,” said Lt. Tom Kelley, of the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

“We’re here tonight because some Latinos are afraid they are treated differently than our Anglos,” said Father Ken Asel, of St. John Episcopal Church. “They think certain individuals in law enforcement will harass Latinos when it’s not necessary.”

Police from three agencies denied that allegation. They said that Latinos who need help should seek the help of police without fear of arrest or deportation.

But the cops also said that they do enforce traffic laws — and therein lies the peril for immigrants driving without licences. Dan Zivkovich, the police chief in Jackson, said the first time a driver is arrested for driving without a licence, he or she is given a ticket. The second time, the driver is arrested.

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