2008-07-06

Conference Board could use B.C. reality check

Here in the mountains of the B.C. interior, time assumes a different quality. Where we live, there's a community of us spread along the north shore of Paul Lake on a stretch of land that's actually Kamloops Indian Band property. We're land-lease folk and the majority of us are here because we crave a simpler life.

When we think of quality of life here, it's measured in things like dust from the gravel road, the number of big motors on the lake, the ravages of the mountain pine beetle and the effect of the new carbon tax on our unavoidable jaunts to town. It's a hybrid consciousness of rural, small town and national issues.

So when the Conference Board of Canada says our country is struggling to keep up with 16 other advanced countries in quality of life, it's befuddling.