TOWN COUNCILLOR WHO WANTS TO RETHINK RURAL TRANSIT
“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