GHOST TOWN

LISA HOPELESS – I had another strange dream last night, Marianne.

MARIANNE – Not Easter Island again?

LISA HOPELESS – No, the dream took place in Victoria. Except the city was like a ghost town—all of the retail spaces were shuttered and had For Lease signs on them. What do you make of it?

MARIANNE – Maybe you’ve had another vision of the future, Lisa. Apparently downtown has lost 1500 parking stalls since 2010, which can’t exactly be good for small, independent shops.

LISA – Pssh. Small business owners are nothing but a bunch of negative nellies. If it’s not one thing they’re complaining about, it’s another. It’s time they learned to look on the bright side of life!

MARIANNE – You haven’t had another brainwave, have you Lisa?

LISA – Don’t you know it.

MARIANNE – What is it this time?

LISA – I was reading the other day that the restaurant industry can’t find enough skilled workers.

MARIANNE – And?

LISA – And small business owners are certainly no stranger to long hours.

MARIANNE – So?

LISA – So instead of small business owners rolling up their sleeves and getting down to business, how about they roll up their sleeves and get down to washing dishes.

MARIANNE – Let me get this straight, Lisa. You’re saying even though small business owners might have lost their stores and their life savings, there’s still hope for them?

LISA – A little retraining, and they’ll be stacking those dishwashers faster than you can say Jian Ghomeshi.