Environmental decisions should hear more voices

In the 1950s there was a serious proposal to flood the Grand Canyon. Many local communities were all for it. After all, it would help the local economy, and bring jobs.

However, decision makers from outside the region could see that the Grand Canyon was not worth sacrificing for economic gain and a few jobs. It was a long and bitter fight, but the magnificence of the canyon was preserved for future generations.

The spectacular west coast of Vancouver Island is of similar international significance. It is one of the last accessible wilderness locations in southwest B.C.

It is therefore absurd to leave the decision on the Juan de Fuca lands up to a small number of local CRD directors. They lack the perspective to see the significance of the area on a regional and global scale. This decision that will affect all Vancouver Islanders, especially those in Greater Victoria, for all time.

Frequently we have seen that economic gain trumps environmental values for CRD directors in Colwood, Langford and Sooke. This time the stakes are too high. We can’t leave it up to them.

Richard Brunt

Victoria

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