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Page 10 THE QUODDY TIDES 26 January, 2018 NEW FORK CITY MAYOR Bill de Blasio takes a question from the audience during his talk, "The State of Democracy in America," held at the Eastport Arts Center on January 13. (Robin Farrin photo) NYC MAYOR TALKS ABOUT DEMOCRACY (from page 1) Earlier in the day, themayor related, he 2017 march and stressed it is essential for experienced community in action on East- people to have a mission and a chance to port's streets when his friend's car got engage. "Protecting democracy begins stuck in the mud. "Immediately people with appreciating your ability to make an came to help. This is community. People impact," he said. "We have to appreciate are there for you, and you are there for our power." them," de Blasio said. Grassroots movements, by "moving is- In New York City, de Blasio has wit- sues forward and making them relevant," nessed the power of communities and no- capture the government's attention, de rices people being highly engaged. He Blasio explained. He credits a poster at his comes away from 50 town hall meetings son's university for raising his awareness optimistic, about divestiture, ultimately leading to He is impressed by people's passion, New York City's decision to divest of $5 understanding of problems and well- billion from 190 fossil fuel corporations thought-out solutions. "This much energy and sue five major oil companies for means democracy is working," de Blasio knowingly damaging the environment. said. The mayor is confident about the Unit- The second indicator that convinces de ed States' future and believes change can Blasio democracy is working is nation- happen relatively quickly. He urged per- wide grassroots activism. The Women's pie who do not agree with policies cur- March and similar events demomstrate a rently being implemented not to get level of activism and rapid mobilization depressed, discouraged and tired. Rather, not evident when democracy is in peril, they should draw inspiration from the He congratulated Eastporters for their marriage equality act - considered "im- possible" a decade ago and now the "law of the land" - and the election of a Demo- cratic senator from Alabama. At the per- sonal level, de Blasio is encouraged by his children and their generation's "energy, passion and direction." The disempowering "culture of fear" being fostered in the country does con- cern de Blasio. "When people become too fearful, that is when democracy is dying," he explained. He also cautioned against the "politics of personality," reasserting his call to ac- tivism. "The people are eternal. Even the best president only gets eight years. No matter who is president, we all have to be activists." Looking to the future As for his own ambitions for 2020, de Blasio said his current focus is his respon- sibility as newly reelected mayor. His sense of future mission is to foster the progressive movement and forward a pop- ulous progressive agenda. It is de Blasio's impression that the United States is a progressive nation wait- ing to happen. "The country is poised to enter a progressive era," de Blasio claimed. He faults the existing Democratic lead- ership for falling to stand for progressive change. "If you can't tell the difference between a Republican and a Democrat, it is the Democrats' fault," de Blasio quipped. The country's path forward de Blasio likened to his aunt Jean's journey to settle in Eastport. She stopped at towns all along the coast - finding each of them Channing - but she knew, without ever having been there, something better was up ahead. "Al- though we are going somewhere we have not yet experienced, we know it will be better," the mayor promised. ORPC expanding executive team as it prepares to grow Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) Inc. has expanded its executive team to help manage company growth and capitalize on new opportunities in the glo- bal underwater power system market. Effective January 1, Cian Mamagh and Nathan Johnson were promoted and named to ORPC's management team. Mamagh is now vice president of engi- neering and program management. Mar- nagh has been instrumental in advancing ORPC's proprietary marine renewable en- ergy technology. Johnson was named vice president of development. He has played a significant role in ORPC's highly re- garded stakeholder outreach efforts. They join existing management team members Abbey Manders, recently pro- moted to vice president and chief finan- cial officer; Jarlath McEntee, recently promoted to senior vice president and chief technology officer; President and COO John Ferland; and co-founder, Chairman and CEO Chris Saner. In making the announcement to inves- tors, major partners and staff, Sauer not- ed, "To accomplish our ambitious goals and tackle new opportunities in 2018 and beyond, we are expanding our executive team to achieve a higher level of manage- ment excellence. We are truly fortunate to have such seasoned, skilled and dedicated professionals to help us manage our growth effectively." Currently, ORPC is executing projects in Maine, Alaska, Canada and Ireland to- taling over $16 million. The company is actively pursuing new opportunities that will provide environmentally sustainable electricity for remote communities in high cost power markets, notably in northern Quebec, where energy powered by diesel costs more than 12 times that from the Quebec grid. Underscoring ORPC's management growth, Ryan Tyler has been promoted to senior project engineer, and Sean Ander- ton has been named director of informa- tion technology and field services. ORPC is currently in the process of hiring for two new engineering positions to further bolster the company's industry leading team. When these positions are filled, ORPC will have 26 employees working in three countries on two continents. In addition to company headquarters in Portland, an op- erations center in Eastport, and a project office in Anchorage, Alaska, wholly- owned subsidiaries of ORPC are located in Montreal and Dublin. ORPC is the only company to have built, operated and de- livered power to a utility grid from a hy- drokinetic tidal project, which occurred in Maine. For more information, visit . SHARING A LAUGH with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the Eastport Arts Center are his aunt, Jean Wilhelm of Eastport (left), and Marged Higginson. 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