COLUMN: Looking forward, with some trepidation, to 2012

As this is the last column before the New Year rolls over, let me offer some tradition ... that of making resolutions.

As this is the last column before the New Year rolls over, let me offer some tradition … that of making resolutions.

Never one to indulge in such promises, though always with good intention to undertake an overlooked project, I will state now that sometime over the next 12 months, the basement will not only be cleaned up but completely renovated.

Been promising to do that for the past three years since the flood. Stuff is piled on everything that remains on the floor, and the place had become a catch-all for items that need eventually to be stored away but lay in repose until that time comes.

This new year will be ‘that time,’ since I’m tired of explaining to the furnace repair man and my electrician brother–in-law why they have to fight their way through a tangle of goods that makes me look like an inveterate hoarder.

It’s not that I can’t part with junk, it’s just that it’s all ‘good stuff’ that I know one day will be useful, and thus cannot be parted with.

What does need to be eliminated is the disarray in the basement, and everything stored neatly away.

So while I commit the next 12 months to accomplishing that, I have other suggestions to offer, such as a steep learning curve for new mayor Bruce Banman.

He faces the daunting task of six familiar faces on council who may doggedly march to the same drum that has carried them through the many previous years of administration. His challenge will be to have them recognize that there is new leadership, and that if this city is to move into the future, they better get on-side.

Get that sorted out, and I wish the new mayor well. He appears to be eager, and time will tell if he is up to the job.

Time will also tell if he can break the almost decade-long tradition of one-term mayors. Mary Reeves began it, followed by a three-year return (planned I should point out) of George Ferguson, and one term for George Peary.

For city staff, actually completing the Whatcom Connector might be a priority, as will figuring out how traffic is going to get into and out of, the big new mall being built at the Mt. Lehman interchange.

On the provincial scene, winning a couple of by-elections in 2012 will be front and center for all political parties, and the end result of those may determine whether or not the ‘new’ B.C. Conservative Party has any traction, thus making the 2013 general election very interesting.

Federally, of course, the next year will determine the fate of the long-gun registry (goodbye!) and we may even discover where the six new and additional federal ridings will be created in B.C.

Chances are most of them will be in the Lower Mainland, and likely one will be established that will involve parts of Langley and West Abbotsford.

Now I realize most of the above are prognostications rather than resolutions, but to undertake a promise to oneself has to come from the person rather than the pundit. The last thing anyone needs is another to suggest a route that should be followed in their future. So I leave it up to you, and our city’s leadership, to determine your own resolves.

On the other hand, I do hope that you will be as happy and successful as possible, and that any goals you seek will be both attainable and achieved.

All the best for the coming year.

markrushton@abbynews.com