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Part 2 – Kindersley in 2019

Saling the 7 C’s

Peering into the future is a risky business. You can keep your thoughts to yourself, or you can expose the ideas to a broader market. I am not a marketer, nor the son of a marketer. But I do wonder about the future.

Here are some of my thoughts on Kindersley in 2019. Grouped around 7 C’s, the ideas are based on discussions and research, as well as more than a little optimism while storm clouds obscure the horizon.

Country

Federally, three issues will continue to remain forefront. Federal Election: Our country, while close to the North Pole, has tried not to be Polarized. We like to say we are inclusive and tolerant. Not work- ing! In 2019 we will take on a federal election with increasingly black and white options. Kindersley will once again vote towards conservatism. Carbon Tax: While we depend on the climate – including crop growth and road bans – Kindersley will increasingly find ways to adjust to the climate and to provide alternatives to settle adverse effects to the ground and to the air. I would not be surprised that our region creates a model for peaceful coexistence with nature (including crops and oil) – meaning that we will attract scientists, climatolo- gists and environmentalists to embed themselves among us. Cannabis control will once again arise in community discussions, and continued restrictions will limit the extremes of excessive usage.

Center

For years Kindersley has been known as a hub for West Central Saskatchewan. The opening of the Aquatic Center will provide a welcome regional recreational alternative. This, combined with recent efforts of concerned citizens to create a regional medical center, a regional landfill, and an as- sortment of accommodation and retail sites has situated Kindersley as a hub requiring recognition. Provincial eyes will turn to the region for greater assistance with agricultural advances, social services, medical care, education, and tourism. A purely intuitive prediction is that a new approach to a pressing global issue will arise from the creativity of this area.

Commerce

The end of 2018 left the world economy on edge. This will continue throughout the year. There will be upward pricing in our food stores and other retail markets. An effort to revitalize the downtown business core will become imaginative – stepping outside baby boomer run commerce and into a lively, interactive setting of entertainment, sales and communication hubs. Baby Boomers will con- tinue to retire from their businesses, leaving broad swathes of opportunity for a younger generation. Venture capital financing will become much more vital, while interest rate hikes will place a damper on creativity. Risk will be the word of the year!

Cooperation

While competition provides accountability, cooperation increases the quality of life. This region has been the seat of cooperative efforts for years. What large issues can we cooperate on as a town and rural municipalities? Homelessness (provid- ing affordable housing), attracting a diversity of income generators, continued infrastructure devel- opment, community interactions on the person- to-person level. And perhaps, in a world hungry for the type of society in which we live, a coalition of concerned citizens will arise to communicate – through the arts, culture and heritage – the life we take for granted

Culture

What makes us unique? Our culture. This is portrayed in how we play, how we entertain, how we are hospitable, how we treat strangers. In this coming year, we will continue to integrate immigrants into our region. While there may be a downturn in various areas of the economy, we will undertake to be become a tourism center where we exhibit our culture in all its glorious splendor. The arts will provide not only entertainment, but also give intentional pushes towards the good life and provide pictures of intentional wholeness in a shattering world.

Care

Globally, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. How do we care for the least of us? How do we accept care from others? Kindersley and District Wellness will arise as a greater topic of discussion. In past generations service clubs, churches and governmental social services have attempted to fill this gap. Volunteerism has kept social programs alive. These approaches seem to be waning. The discussion will center around the revival of these services or the creative solution of a new approach.

Church

A church, by definition (check your etymological dictionaries) is merely those who are called out from a general society into a unique grouping. Church always requires an adjective. When you talk of a church, you are talking of a grouping of people.

Our society has bred an increasingly popular grouping (a new church?) – those who have chosen isolation. We see this in the gaming community and in seniors complexes – in the stretch between childhood and senility. The result has been increased mental health issues, depression and suicide. A suggested antidote has been to make our society inclusive of all – the unexpected result being that we have created individuals who disregard others. Knowing that they cannot pos- sibly agree with all the various streams of other people’s thoughts, they have turned in towards themselves and made themselves their own god and country.

In a time when mental health is in crisis, and inclusion is showing signs of weariness – I predict that 2019 will see an increase in small groups and focused groups springing up, wanting to dispel this hopelessness and purposelessness. Within these groups will be weeds and thorns, and healthy and nutritious groups. How we as a region decide to initiate and resource these groups will decided our own health.

May your 2019 be a new adventure filled with excitement and hope.

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Ron Baker
Ron Baker is a recently retired (2005) member of the Kindersley community. His roots run deep – his grandfather homesteaded just outside Kindersley in the early 1900's. Ron was born in the old Kindersley Hospital, has made his home in various other communities over the years, but keeps coming back. Committed to the community, Ron has found his local involvement has proved to be great fodder for some hilarious tales and tragic events. His experience in administration and working with people, along with his love for a good story, ought to help to bring daily life to life! Ron blogs at ronbaker.ca, and is pleased to be a part of the writing “crew” at Kindersley Social.