Having moved years ago to Fort Langley because of the uniqueness of this quaint little town, I am deeply saddened by the climate change that is occurring.
I notice a distinct difference in the people of the Fort now.
For instance, yesterday, while picking up my mail from the post office, I bumped into one of my fellow townsfolk. In the past, we have worked together on different community events and typically have greeted each other with niceties and a little chat about how everyone was doing â€“ a genuine feeling of connectedness.
I now notice sadly that that has gradually changed over the course of the Coulter Berry Saga.
We now exchange a polite hello and smile. We are now labelled as being either FOR or AGAINST the development.
We are divided, not together.
I find that I, for one, donâ€™t want to start any further conversation with anyone on â€œthe other side,â€ so as to avoid a debate over the pros and cons of the development. Instead, I now choose to give a quick and curt hello, and carry on in my own little world to my own little house.
NOT community involvement or spirit.
This is not with just this one individual, but with anyone who has publicly come out on their views on the development.
I now look at the list of businesses that have identified themselves as either FOR or AGAINST, and find that I am subconsciously now avoiding businesses that I used to frequent. Why? Because they are on the other side!
Itâ€™s not that I donâ€™t like these people or businesses anymore, far from it, but we have had a huge divide instilled in the town now.
I am saddened and dismayed that Fort Langley has changed. This Coulter Berry storm has changed the climate of the Fort forever.
The damage that this storm has caused will be felt for many years, and I donâ€™t know if we can ever recover from its effects and return to that quaint little unique town we moved here for â€“ at least not down deep in its core.
Call it the Coulter Berry Vortex â€“ or whatever â€“ but the climate has changed, and itâ€™s not for the better!
Kim McFadden, Fort Langley