Ruby McBeth: Getting ready for the vote

No muss, no fuss

I found it quick and easy to order my mail-in ballot for the BC Election. I did it online but you can also phone 1-800-661-8683. Just google “elections BC vote by mail’ for the details.

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You do need to have a piece of ID handy. The choices given are a BC driver’s licence number, your BC identification card number, the last six digits of your social insurance number, or the last six digits of your personal health number. They want to know your address and telephone number or e-mail address.

Completed vote-by-mail packages must be received by Elections BC by October 24. So, don’t let the vote-by-mail package collect dust once you get it.

Farewells

We have recently lost three people who lived and worked in the North Peace: Louise Framst, Telford Penfold, and Garry Foster.

Louise Framst was a teacher who lived in the Cecil Lake area where her husband farmed. She organized the history book for Cecil Lake called A Community Remembers. She went on to write easy reading picture books to help students learn to read. She also wrote three Tahltan cookbooks sharing her heritage with the general public.

Telford Penfold worked at Central School taking over the library after Ina Adams retired.

Garry Foster will be remembered as a financial advisor to many in our community. He is survived by Sandra his wife of 50 years. Our condolences go out to their families.

Covid gatherings

Until the middle of September, Lorne and I had not attended any face-to-face social gatherings since Burns Night last January.

When we broke our isolation to attend a celebration of life for a friend, we could not help but notice the special COVID-19 arrangements. The event was held outdoors, with a table providing face masks and hand sanitizer. The food was handled differently. We did not serve ourselves, but instead the caterer asked what we wanted, and prepared our plate.

We were also given our coffee. We were allowed to add our own cream and sugar. When I went back for a second cup, I had to put the first one in the garbage.

I am thankful to have attended the gathering, but taking off my mask to eat made me uneasy. If there is a next time, I will eat before I go, keep my mask on and have a relaxed visit.

Quote of the week

“Every moment is a fresh beginning.” - T.S. Eliot

Ruby McBeth is a community columnist and lives in Baldonnel. 

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