With the long ago demise of local community newspapers and the ensuing difficulty of spreading the news of community events and news I have been pleased to see a couple of quarterly community newsletters spring up. Voices In Print put out by Chatsworth Taxpayers For a Safe and Healthy Environment has been going for a couple of years now and features a variety of views and information from across our township. The most recent edition may be viewed here thanks to Trevor Falks efforts at Shining a Light on Chatsworth blog, for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
The second more recent newsletter that I have become aware of is
the Desboro Community Newsletter which is focused upon the Desboro
area in general and the Community Center and Arena more particularly,
they can be contacted at email@example.com.
I am not aware of any on line copies of this newsletter at this time.
The Township of Chatsworth's annual 'newsletter' may
be found here.
My thanks go out to these folks who are trying to keep us all in
touch with what is going on, keep up the good work! Unfortunately
such efforts are largely a one way street with the newsletters
informing us of stuff happening but permitting only limited feedback
from the rural residents unless they have an opportunity to meet with
other of the same mind at some community event. In my view small
rural community’s such as ours need more two way communication,
brainstorming ideas to keep our businesses and villages thriving and
viable, finding ways to provide local employment for our youth and
I have long thought that one such way to enable such an open
discussion about such ideas, as well as provide an additional way to
promote local events would be an Online Community Forum where anyone
can post their events, ideas or concerns and others from the
Chatsworth area can respond with offers of help, better ideas and
alternative points of view. Despite promoting such a forum here on my
blog, through the W.I. Rural Voices initiative a couple of years ago,
and more recently with some of the Chatsworth Taxpayers For a Safe
and Healthy Environment members I have yet to see any great
enthusiasm for such a forum despite my offers to build and initially
moderate such an on line communication tool.
In this particular case I have learned through long experience it
is NOT a case of 'build it and they will come', in another such place
which I moderate that has a membership of over 100 no one seems
interested in talking about that organizations problems and future.
It is the lack of conversations that is self defeating, successful
and active forums are those where members are regularly posting
information and ideas and responding to same. Given the above to
start such a forum, which I believe would be a great asset to our
area, we need half a dozen people or more who can commit to doing
just that in order to get those conversations started.
If you are a member of a local club, group or organization with
information to share, an individual with views about our local
environment, township services, council decisions and the like, or
just have a bird or flower sighting and gardening ideas to share then
perhaps this idea is for you.
Lets talk about it. Email me via the 'contact' link in the
sidebar or use the blog comment utility below.
For those unsure as to exactly what a “forum” looks like or
how it works here is a link to one active forum in Ontario this
one about Lake Nipissing
A longtime rural resident, I use my 60 plus years of life learning to opinionate here and elsewhere on the “interweb” on everything from politics to environmental issues. A believer in reasonable discourse rather than unhelpful attacks I try to give positive input to the blogesphere, so feel free to comment upon rural issues or anything else posted here. But don’t be surprised if you comments get zapped if you are not polite in your replys.