Less debate, more facts

Enough already with the grandstanding rhetoric and innuendo which has replaced fact in North Saanich

Enough already with the grandstanding rhetoric and innuendo which has replaced fact in North Saanich.

Recently the PNR has printed numerous letters filled with chest pounding statements such as Ms. Stocks’ rant about her long ethical civil service.

Mr. Weisenbergers’ letter was grandstanding in the worst way and full of innuendo.

He claims unnecessary intervention by certain members of council, but offers no evidence of any such interference.

Another recent letter writer stated that the CTQ consultants ignored input from 3,500 respondents to the questionnaire circulated by the North Saanich Ratepayers Association.

Since the actual number of respondents was a mere 350, this statement can only be regarded as a gross mistake on the part of the speaker.

Letter writer David Olsen cites so many obsolete and dubious points that it is clear the last decade has passed him by.

He writes that two new schools have recently been built in North Saanich. What he doesn’t acknowledge is that those two schools replace four obsolete schools.

Our middle school and high school serve both North Saanich and Sidney. The enrolment stats show that Sidney kids outnumber North Saanich kids two to one, yet Sidney and North Saanich have the same population.

Simple math destroys Mr. Olsen’s claims that North Saanich hosts more children in the 10 to 19 year age group than any other municipality in the CRD. A genuine fact which emerged from the CTQ report is that North Saanich has the oldest per capita populace in the country.

Mr. Olsen, our democracy is founded on majority rule, and if you don’t like it, you can seek to elect others. But at least try to be factual in your comments.

John Upward

North Saanich



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