Sonia Furstenau column: Now the time to make changes for the better

This coronavirus has given us an opportunity to identify what matters most to us in our day-to-day lives. When I envision the next decade and next generation, I look for ways to make what matters most to us become common, ordinary, and expected. How can we get more time with the people we love? A four day work week. How can we help our family and friends work in community instead of away? By prioritizing small and medium-sized businesses. How can we build on the environmental benefits this great pause has offered Mother Earth? We give communities decision-making power over their natural resources. How can we build on all the innovation we have witnessed in the accommodation of COVID-19? Leaders must listen to scientists and experts, and make evidence-based decisions, as Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Adrian Dix have demonstrated so well.

Cowichan Valley Citizen. May 24 2020