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During B.C.’s municipal election campaigns, we are going to hear a lot about the so-called not-in-my-backyard (NIMBY) attitude. Depending on which municipality you live in, the next five weeks will be dominated by political discussions that will inevitably involve what to do with something located in your city or town.
There are primarily two forms of NIMBYism that can be measured through public opinion. The first can happen when a large venture, project or facility seeks to establish itself within the boundaries of a city or town. The second would occur when a smaller, seemingly controversial establishment seeks to set up within two blocks of your home.
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The only way to review the extent of NIMBYism in the province is to review the reaction of the entire community on each of these forms. The goal is to see how many British Columbians are willing to take action – whether in the form of letters to their elected representatives, comments on social media or actual boycotts and protests – to voice opposition to a proposed project.