The new year is, in some ways, the best time of the year.
Not because of the parties, not because of the ensuing champagne hangovers and certainly not because of the weather.
What makes Jan. 1 so special is that more than any other day of the year, it’s a date when anything is possible. It’s the time to make resolutions, set goals, dream big. It’s a time of rebirth, regeneration and renewal. It’s a convenient time to take inventory, mark our progress and mark our place.
Looking back and looking forward are useful exercises. We needed to pass through where we’ve been to get where we’re going.
With that in mind, we at the News Bulletin, this week, have been reviewing the year that was and previewing the year to come. In our last issue we considered the stories of the year for 2015, choosing the Colliery dams saga, the marijuana dispensaries issue, Lantzville’s governance problems, school openings and closures and the federal election. This issue, we predict the stories we’ll be following in 2016, including the conference centre hotel, the foot ferry, international investment, refugees and the Western Forest Products murder trial.
Those are some of the big ones, but there are countless other stories along the way; they happen every day and all of them together comprise Nanaimo the city and Nanaimo the community.
It’s ongoing. Every day we have a chance to redefine who we are, reassess our goals and realign our balance. We don’t need a new year to make a resolution, but since it’s that time of year, we might as well.
We wish the best of luck to all those who are making new year’s resolutions, and especially to those whose resolve to make their community and their world a better place.
Happy new year, Nanaimo.