I have been watching the housing crises in North Saanich with this council for the last two years with great interest.
The meeting on Aug. 19 seemed to emphasize the problem — mainly one of decent leadership. With the mayor stating in the PNR and on radio nothing like this has ever happened in North Saanich is simply not true. Under her leadership two councillors had to leave because of her attitude towards staff, consultants and anyone who did not believe in her agenda.
The mayor has had the support of the North Saanich Rate Payers Association and Dean Park Association and has been able to set the agenda.
Her two supporters on council showed a lack of ethics with the type of questioning towards a professional consultant and they should know better considering their former employment. Asking for Freedom of Information on your own elected cohorts is inexcusable behaviour. I don’t believe this has ever been done before and shows lack of respect towards anyone who does not believe in their cause.
I don’t blame the three councillors for walking out.
Housing in North Saanich is inevitable and much needed and our three strong councillors need our support now more than ever to show we also know what is needed.
Let’s go forward and issue the permits for housing so we will know the sky is not falling in just because a couple of lots are developed.
Sheilah Fea, North Saanich