A 2021 wish list for Bridgwater and area

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 04/01/2021 (628 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

As we bring in the new year, I have no promises to make nor resolutions to break. What I do have is a list of wishes for the community.

Bridgwater grew by leaps and bounds in 2020 and not just population-wise. I mean its community spirit. I have never seen so many people out and about — it has been wonderful. They are spending time outside — from walking the trails to connecting on the ice, masks and all. And they have been supportive of both each other and local businesses.

At the other end of the spectrum sit safety and driving.

With the above in mind, here are a few items currently on my 2021 list. I wish:

• That the community continues to grow and evolve, building on the 2020 experience and that it is done in a healthy and inclusive manner.

• That we don’t forget what we have learned about ourselves while in lockdown.

• That the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba continue to take a hard look at the issue of speed and road safety; that the speed limits on our residential roads and Kenaston Boulevard can be reduced; that they take a serious look at the design of the Kenaston overpass and what can be done to mitigate or reduce the number of collisions; that they do all that and that they act

• That we get rid of the photo-radar cars and replace them with more traffic enforcement by police. There are too many drivers who either flaunt the rules of the road, don’t appear to understand them, or simply choose to create their own. 

Of course, no wish list in 2021 can be complete without mention of the COVID-19 pandemic.

• I wish that all those who want or need a vaccine get it. More than that, I wish that all the naysayers about the virus and their ‘right’ not to have to wear a mask, wake up and realize that their ‘right’ does not trump the right to life of others.

Finally, I wish that we don’t forget about the businesses that did not survive, those who lost their livelihood , most of all, that we do not forget the real victims in all of this — those who paid the ultimate price.

May all your wishes come true in 2021.

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

Debbie Ristimaki

Debbie Ristimaki
Bridgwater Forest community correspondent

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

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