Oh, Tofino. You do love the spotlight. We're in the news again because of councillor Stephen Ashton's proposal to prohibit franchises from setting up shot in Tofino. It is not a done deal by any stretch. Although I believe council voted unanimously in favour, it still has to be investigated by staff and go through several readings. Personally, I wouldn't want to see a Tim Hortons or Starburcks, McDonalds and the like, but there are smaller franchises that aren't too obnoxious — Ucluelet has a Delicado's for example. We have an Esso and had a Saltspring Soaps. (Is there such a thing as an independent gas station anymore?) There are franchises and there are franchises. What do you think?
This is all over the news, so you can take your pick of stories. Here are a few: CBC (interesting comments at the end), The Westcoaster, the Times Colonist, and the Vancouver Sun. (And, as always, Ralph has an interesting take on things. Always cracks me up.)