ASK around and people will tell you we’re back to the ‘old’ Terrace, the one before the economy surged thanks to B.C. Hydro’s Northwest Transmission Line, Rio Tinto’s multi-billion smelter rebuild in Kitimat and before the energy giants came knocking on our door over the prospect of natural gas pipelines and the plants that would super-cool the liquid for export overseas.
Jobs are harder to find and businesses are digging deep.
But if this is the ‘old’ Terrace once again, its community spirit remains undiminished and is renewed this Christmas as corporate and individual giving prevails and as various community groups and organizations ease the misfortunes of others.
And so this Christmas, rooted in the Christian faith, the words of Tommy Douglas are appropriate. From his start as a Baptist minister, Mr. Douglas became the first-ever Co-operative Commonwealth Federation premier of Saskatchewan and introduced the country’s first Medicare program to that province. He later became the first leader of the federal New Democratic Party:
“If Christmas means anything, it should mean that, like the shepherds of old, we catch a vision of the world as it ought to be and not as it is. This is the season where we should renew our determination to do what we can, each in our own way, to build a world founded on human brotherhood and concern for the needs of others.”
Editorial, The Terrace Standard, Terrace, B.C. Dec. 21, 2016