Persuasive strategies and jerks


I’ve been getting more and more ornery about people and businesses that don’t recycle, do it haphazardly, or just generally have a shitty attitude towards it. There aren’t any excuses, and if anyone tries to make them, they are a wiener. Over the last few months I have actually taken cardboard out of trash bins and, in some cases, walked the 5 steps to the *expletive deleted* cardboard recycling.

I have searched through both the CRD’s and the City of Victoria’s websites but I haven’t found anything that explicitly states there are fines for putting recyclable material in the trash. At the time of writing this post, I have also called both the City of Victoria (I learned they don’t handle recycling) and the CRD about this issue. I’ve left a message with the “woman to talk to” at the CRD and will update with any information I get.

I believe there should be fines for not recycling at least what the area’s recycling pick-up covers. The people collecting the garbage should be able to write citations for anything they feel is a gross abuse of the system. It should be at their discretion because, let’s face it, they would know the worst offenders, they already have a lot to do, and the region wouldn’t hire new employees to police it, so it would land on their shoulders anyway.

Some public shaming could be cathartic as well… a “Jerks who can’t be bothered to recycle” web page updated weekly perhaps.

Sure, maybe I’m being a bit militant about this, but some people don’t respond to the same persuasive strategies that tug at the rest of society’s heart strings, panic buttons, or future-oriented outlook. The best play with certain individuals is to concentrate the attack where it matters most to them – their bank balance and their reputations.

They may not be creative solutions, but they could be effective ones. What do you think?


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Best guess or best dressed?


This last week I have had to acclimatize to the environment of BC’s Pacific Northwest. Previously I was living in Victoria BC, which is considered to have Canada’s mildest temperate environments so my body’s adjustment to the cold spring winds has been slow. But this morning I woke up to fresh snow on the mountains – which are less than a km from the backyard of my residence. Nuts!

According to the Weather Network the average temperature of Terrace during the month of May is 10.9 degrees Celsius. I suppose anything is possible with a record low of -2.8 degrees Celsius and high of 29 degrees Celsius. That’s why they tell you to layer your clothing so that you can be prepared in unpredictable circumstances.

With my background running and operating an Electrical company, and only a year left to complete my BBA in marketing/communications, I believe that layering your career options is a good way to prepare for those unpredictable economic circumstances that lay ahead.

For those 7.0% of British Columbians that are struggling to find employment, any sign of an economic up-swing must illicit hope, but hope alone won’t provide security. Layering your knowledge and skills in preparation for the unpredictable climate will provide the most opportunity for tomorrow.

Meteorologists provide a best-guess estimate based on historical data and current trends to predict the weather. An Economist, generally speaking, goes through similar processes when predicting economic fluctuations. While I’m over simplifying, anything is possible when it comes to the weather and the economy.

I challenge my readers to continue to learn about the world around you, so you can weather the storm no matter what the circumstances may be.

~TJ Nyce

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