Life on Lasqueti
|"Lasqueti -- halfway between Dogpatch and Shangri-la"|
|as the island cookbook describes it.|
Residents are accused of trying to put the clock back, living a self-sufficient lifestyle reminiscent of an earlier century. Lasqueti ís the place where the conversation is more likely about solar panels or composting toilets than about microwaves or toasters -- foreign objects for most of the 400 residents. Nobody can work a five-day week away from home because it takes three days work just to survive -- to cut firewood, to maintain power, water, and waste systems, to work in your garden to produce your food. An island of individuals, with poets, artists, physicists, fishermen, loggers, tree planters, designers, professional musicians, published authors, some small scale manufacturers, some commercial agriculture, mariculture as well as professional consultants in education, engineering, forestry and alternate energy make up a population that Statistics Canada says is the most highly educated community in British Columbia. Lasqueti lies about 50 miles northwest of Vancouver in the Strait of Georgia. The island is about 12 miles long and three miles wide, the same size and shape as Manhattan.