Island Corridor Foundation needs to be accountable

Re: Save-the-rail plan comes under attack (News, May 27)

Although I live a long way from Vancouver Island and the future of the E&N will not affect me, I’m convinced it is an under-appreciated asset and not recognized as such by far too many on the Island especially politicians.

But as an outsider, on my annual visits to family in Victoria, and with side trips up-Island, it strikes me that a future that does include rail transport will no bode well for the future as the population continues to increase and new resource developments like coal evolve.

In conversations with friends on the Island, we’ve always questioned what this Island Corridor Foundation does. The transfer of title from the CPR provided them with an opportunity to advance the business as well as developing new strategies for the benefit of people in its member communities and First Nations.

What’s most troubling is the lack of accountability by the foundation and its members. It seems to be a closed group.

This asset belongs to the citizens and the foundation, I would say, has a fiduciary obligation to Vancouver Island residents to operate the enterprise in a responsible business manner whether it is a non-profit foundation or not.

I watch on satellite and read as much as I can on this subject and see the operator, Southern Railway, providing comments that should equally come from ICF.

Your story introduces persons with knowledge of the business and some experience with railways and with the foundation.

I appreciate reporters who shine light in dark corners. I know there are readers who will appreciate your work, too.

Bill Chester

Brandon, Man.