LISA – I had this strange dream last night, Marianne. Instead of having our usual Thursday night council meeting in Victoria, we were having it on Easter Island.
MARIANNE – That is weird, even by your standards, Lisa.
LISA – But it was beautiful, Marianne. Easter Island was a creative hub of young professionals.
MARIANNE – Young professionals?
LISA – The artists who carved the statues. And greenhouse gas emissions were almost nonexistent because everyone used active forms of transportation.
MARIANNE – You mean they walked?
LISA – That might be another way of putting it.
MARIANNE – Sounds like paradise.
LISA – Except for the housing shortage.
MARIANNE – There was a housing shortage on Easter Island?
LISA – Because of all the Airbnbs.
MARIANNE – If you say so.
LISA – But that’s when Absurd Properties stepped forward and said they’d help fix the problem by building a luxury condominium. The only thing is they’d require a variance to cut down a few trees.
MARIANNE – And council approved the application?
LISA – How could we not? The future depends on increased density. You’ve said so many times yourself, Marianne.
MARIANNE – So what happened next, Lisa?
LISA – Council kept approving condo project after condo project until all of the trees on the island were chopped down and everybody died.
MARIANNE – Sounds more like a nightmare than a dream, Lisa.
LISA – But what do you think it means, Marianne?
MARIANNE – Either you’ve been smoking too much wacky tabacky, Lisa, or else you’ve had one of those visions Chief Sam I Am is always going on about.
LISA – Do you think I’ve seen into the future?
MARIANNE – Maybe so.
LISA – But is Vancouver Island doomed to suffer the same fate as Easter Island?
MARIANNE – It might not be as far-fetched as you’d think. Can you imagine if the only thing left of Victoria centuries from now are the bike lanes? I wonder what archaeologists would make of that?
LISA – That Victoria once had a very progressive mayor?
MARIANNE – Who perhaps wasn’t quite as smart as she thought she was.