I recently heard President George Fleming extol the merits of devolving more power to the regions. It appears that our leaders could be taking us backwards rather than forward.
My reasoning is threefold:
Civil engineering requires us to go where the work is. For many of us, therefore, there are no ICE local associations in the places where we work.
Increasingly many professionals are working from home. Given this freedom, most people choose to live in some pleasant setting which is likely to be remote from urban centres and local associations.
Frankly, attending local meetings has never been a high career priority.
Our future base of communication with each other and with groups of common interest lies in the Internet.
James Thomson (M), JCThomson@compuserve.com