EDITORIAL: Spending now will save later

Cost of upgrades to rail line will be worth it in savings down the road.

Given the rising cost of food, fuel and everything else, there’s perhaps no better place to be next weekend (April 16) than the Wild Foods Festival organized by the Nanaimo and Area Land Trust.

The premise of making delectable dishes out of the natural abundance existing everywhere around us is hardly new, but today’s considerable economic challenges just might be what it takes for the notion to gain traction.

Oddly, as a society, we just can’t seem to grasp that what’s already right in our backyard might be what’s best for us.

In terms of food choices, the vast majority of us simply ignore the many delicious and free items available to us (if we’re willing to educate ourselves and get off the beaten path just a bit) in favour of regular, costly trips to the supermarket.

We could do ourselves a world of good if we’d just open our minds enough to shift our paradigm about what is and isn’t acceptable and safe in terms of food.

But this idea goes far beyond what we choose to eat.

Look no further than the old E&N rail line for another prime example.

Here we have an infrastructure corridor with enormous potential as a transit alternative. With an infusion of $15 million to update the tracks (which the taxpayers already own, through the Island Corridor Foundation), the Island could easily have a viable commuter transit option that could, and likely would, reduce by tens if not hundreds of millions the never-ending investment our highways demand.

The long-term savings would far outweigh the short-term cost.

Either way, the costs are ours to bear. Spend a little to save a lot. Or simply keep spending a lot.

Just Posted

Three strong earthquakes reported off Vancouver Island

The quakes, all measuring more than 6.0 on the richter scale, were about 260 kilometres west of Tofino

Mother passes SD70 trustee torch to daughter in Port Alberni

Jane Jones loses after one term, but proud of her daughter Connie Watts

ELECTION 2018: Sharie Minions named Port Alberni mayor

Haggard, Solda, Washington, Poon, Paulson and Corbeil named councillors

Four incumbents re-elected to School District 70 in Port Alberni

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District board will have a new look

2018 municipal election: Few surprises on Vancouver Island

16 incumbent mayors will continue in their positions for four more years

B.C. sailor surprised by humpback whale playing under her boat

Jodi Klahm-Kozicki said the experience was ‘magical’ near Denman Island

B.C. government moves to tighten resource industry regulations

New superintendent will oversee engineers, biologists, foresters

Election watchdog seeks digitally savvy specialists to zero in on threats

Move follows troublesome evidence of online Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election

More court before Dutch man charged in Amanda Todd case is extradited here

Appeals must be dealt with in Europe, before charges faced in B.C.

Crown says man guilty of B.C. girl’s 1978 murder based on alleged confession

Jury hears details of girl’s 1978 murder while Crown says man should be convicted of girl’s murder based on alleged confession.

BCHL alumni has NHL jersey retired by Anaheim Ducks

Paul Kariya played with the Penticton Vees from 1990-1992

Most Read