MEG HODGES

TOWN COUNCILLOR WHO WANTS TO RE­THINK RU­RAL TRAN­SIT

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY -

“For the per­sonal eco­nomic costs, I feel like a frog in a boil­ing pot of wa­ter: It’s just been hap­pen­ing, and it keeps hap­pen­ing, and I’ve never known it not to be hap­pen­ing. The (late) frosts that hit us last year were re­ally dev­as­tat­ing to my own crops that we grow. That re­ally af­fected me food-wise be­cause we grow quite a lot of our food and a lot of it was ru­ined by frost. That was re­ally stress­ful when we had put all the money into seeds. Know­ing that that hap­pened to a lot of the large-scale farms, I just can’t imag­ine the fi­nan­cial bur­den.

“I’m try­ing to make Kings Tran­sit a bet­ter ser­vice and a more at­trac­tive ser­vice to peo­ple in Kings County so more peo­ple can feel like they don’t need to drive their cars and they can rely on our pub­lic tran­sit. I feel like we need to have a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ap­proach to tran­sit and con­sider how we need to get the ru­ral ar­eas of Kings County ser­viced, not just the core.”

She said her fam­ily buys lo­cal meats and veg­eta­bles to try to re­duce emis­sions associated with truck­ing in food from mass pro­duc­ers from afar. “It's more ex­pen­sive, but we don't buy new clothes and we don't fly, we don't travel, so the things that we don't do in life we can make up for with re­ally great food that we have lo­cally. That’s how, as a fam­ily, we try to re­duce our im­pact. ... We’re try­ing re­ally hard; we’re just one lit­tle fam­ily.” — Kings County, N.S., Counc.meg Hodges

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