Feel-good not feasible

Oak Bay is a model of a community-centered municipality which should be cheered from the rooftops as a success.

It is instructive to look at the attitudes of the Oak Bay municipal council.

It seems to be less than satisfied with the role it has taken on guiding the development of this small community.

Indeed, one may wonder why the members ran for this public office. They feel a need to become involved in big-picture politics, shaping the global climate by offering – at the expense of Oak Bay residents – free fill-ups for luxury electric automobiles.

Are they trying to make a point that British Columbia has excess hydroelectric power that should be soaked up in this way? Hardly.

Or is it an indirect statement of support for Site C Dam? Of course not.

It is simply a feel-good initiative that is ill-thought out and in reality is embarrassingly naive.

The frustration in this is that council seems not to recognize that the most significant steps which can be exercised by any level of government are those that will strengthen and secure stable family and community life.

Oak Bay is a model of a community-centered municipality which should be cheered from the rooftops as a success.

How then could council support the abomination that is the Clive which, in its proposed form, would bring inappropriate, over-scale development to Oak Bay?

Robert Durie

Oak Bay

 

Just Posted

Sooke school district creates new comprehensive school health position

Ruchi McArthur will develop framework to improve wellness of students

B.C. police watchdog investigating high-speed crash in Victoria

Police watchdog called in after dramatic early morning crash at Bay and Douglas intersection

VIDEO: RCMP officer killed in the line of duty remembered ‘through the laughter of children’

Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground opens with ceremony in Langford

Westhills Stadium launches expanded stadium with ceremony, excitement

expanded stadium accommodates 6,000 spectators

NCAA basketball comes to UVic this fall

Eight-team tournament features top university women’s basketball teams Nov. 28-30

Trudeau to meet with U.K. and Japanese prime ministers ahead of G7 summit

French President Emmanuel Macron, this year’s G7 host, has little expectations of a unified front from the leaders

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Vancouver Island man dead after reported hit-and-run incident

Oceanside RCMP seek public’s help gathering information

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

The 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer took place Saturday morning, Aug. 24 in Surrey, B.C.

PHOTOS: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries

Racist confrontation in Richmond parking lot caught on camera

Woman can be heard yelling racial slurs, swear words at woman in apparent parking dispute

Groups ready campaign to help young voters identify ‘fake news’ in election

The media literacy campaign to focus on identifying misinformation and suspicious sources online

Big rally in northern B.C. draws attention to continuing lumber crisis

Mayor Joan Atkinson says about 400 workers have been directly affected by the closure of the Canfor mill

Most Read