EDITORIAL: Big fish in a small pond

Neighbours should be conscious of relationship they have with Peninsula Streams

Residents of Mulberry place in North Saanich have got the right idea — become an ever-present force to ensure they have a say in an issue that affects them directly.

They live next to a neat place called Gardner’s Pond, a small body of water that’s home to bulrushes, frogs, herons and many other types of plant and wild life. The pond has a short trail around it, a sign and a small bench to allow local use of the area. The pond certainly seems healthy at first glance but the neighbours want to know for sure — and how plans to build a berm at one end of it could impact the pond and their property.

The residents want more information about the project —proposed by the Peninsula Streams Society — so they know exactly what’s going on. They have also indicated they want those plans stopped and have vowed to harangue North Saanich district council over the matter.

At this point, however, district council is not the place they need to be and, through some of their inflammatory remarks and reactions, they are running the risk of harming any relationship they might have had with representatives of Peninsula Streams. That is the organization the residents need to work with to learn more.

Peninsula Streams volunteers and employees have been working to restore Chalet Creek to its once fish-bearing capacity. And since the creek flows out of the pond, it seems natural they would want to work with landowners in the area to ensure the pond contributes to their goal.

It would make sense, then, for residents to learn more from the society directly and not shut them out or use the municipal council to exert undue pressure on them due to their contribution of grant money to the society.

As the saying goes, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

 

Just Posted

Greater Victoria enjoys sunny first day of spring

Summer-like temperatures of 21 degrees hit Wednesday for first day of spring

Esquimalt puts freeze on taxes for local businesses

The tax increase for residents sits at 5.51 per cent, averaging to an additional $46

Bitter Saturna land-use dispute highlights legal grey areas

Unhappy Tsawout accuse leadership of cultural destruction

Development replacing Fairfield United Church gets final approval

The new Unity Commons Development will take over the space at 1303 Fairfield Rd.

Saanich forwards student-targeted development to public hearing

Proposed development advertises itself to individuals who want a car-free lifestyle

VIDEO: Can you believe it? This B.C. hill pulls cars backwards up a slope

Sir Isaac Newton had clearly never been to this Vernon anomaly when he discovered gravity

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

Air Canada plans to remove the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule at least through July 1

Prime minister defends Liberal budget measures as sales effort gets underway

Conservatives under Andrew Scheer say it’s a spree funded by borrowing against the future

Mayor meets with B.C. health minister on homeless taxi transfers

Two homeless people were discharged from Surrey Memorial and sent to a Chilliwack shelter

B.C. lottery winner being sued by co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Teacher reprimanded for conduct towards special needs student

Alan Stephen Berry told vice principal he did not have time to use positive strategies

Volunteer green team joins forces to restore local habitats

Partnerships with schools educate and facilitate remediations

Most Read