I put it this way, because many in this nation are searching for the true Canadian identity, the Canadian culture and experience. This is not found in the congregate, clamouring, materialistic experience of much of the modern mindset. It is found in the hearts of those who tend the fields of earth and seed, the forests which team with wildlife, and in their small towns. It's found where neighbours grow together, around daily issues like, Mrs. Southerns' fence needing mending or Mr. Westons' dog having a new litter of pups, up for free to a good home, and the action taken by their neighbours to help them.
It is the fact that, everyone knows who's child belongs to what family, and that neighbourhood-watch is never needed to be organized, because watching out for each others' concerns is something which comes naturally when a community is close, it nurtures it's own. This is Canada, that is it's strength; the relationships between people. This is embedded in the cultures of it's first people, and was faithfully repeated in the communities that followed, because they espoused these values also.
What is wrong with the sensibilities of the modern dweller? It still can be found, in tight inner city communities. But it is hard to find, in its purest sense, when people wrap themselves in concrete buildings and social constructs that are so far removed from the very human realities of warm natural life. It may not appear so at first glance, especially if that glance is from a tinted office building, but there are groups who would treasure the opportunity to undertake for the community, making everyone look good. So, and I ask this of those in areas of educational, medical and community “re-structuring”: why spend money you don't need to?
Those in “Urban Planning” facilities tend to dominate the gears of change, seeming so bent on routing out the cultural pattern that exist in the fabric of our country. In order to stream-line approaches, so as to make society more manageable, from a financial standpoint, it is rationalized. Unfortunately the cost, outside the financial, is too great, the loss of humanity and genuine connection that comes from the cultural pattern of community, helping itself, is massive.
This pattern of community, from local values, is our heritage, and the family efforts from which these communities sprang, collectively, are our Canadian culture. Those that generate urban sprawl, through their one size fits all cloning of policies, pasting them upon communities they know little about, are ignoring cost effectiveness, under the guise of streamlining to save money. Things like closing valuable community schools and then adding costs to the tax base to bus students to communities they have no roots within, or closing local town halls because government can't afford to run them their way, are some examples. However, the “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul” approach with student populations, does not induce flow, it dismantles lives. This tax money spent in busing is all that would be needed to improve, maintain and run the small community schools that are being closed. Another teacher, a new roof, a new furnace or a few more computers, is all that's needed in many cases, for a local school to stay viable.
It's much easier and more economical for government to re-invest in what already exists with financial support, but with a hands off approach, letting local service groups, like various clubs or churches come along side to assist in a locally cultural sensitive manner, this is a way in which government cannot connect. This tact avoids the invalidating of community foundations, or the restructuring of entire systems. Then building new schools in new areas that need them, would not be seen as invasive, because it would be to service the new cultural efforts of a new community. It ain't broken! So don't “fix” it!