Resource industry leads to depletion

Oak Bay voted in a Green MLA in the last election, and the seat has previously been a tight contest between the Liberals and NDP.

I am writing in response to two letters that appeared in the Friday, March 7 edition of the Oak Bay News.

The first stated that the Prosperity Mine proposal, turned down again on its second proposal, would have created ‘tens of thousands of secure, high-paying jobs’ in the region. Yet, not only are the numbers unproven, but the legacy of the resource industry in the area points to the opposite.

Resource industry jobs often last only a generation or two at most before depletion, foreign competition and consolidation. What they leave behind is a much longer legacy of environmental degradation and, in this case, the exclusion and disenfranchisement of First Nations.

The second, on Mike Farnsworth’s bid for NDP leadership, makes the completely unsupported claim that he is only ‘in it’ for the money. If only those who knew they could win entered politics, we would have a one party system.

On the other hand, privatization under the Liberals has largely benefited those with connections to the party and its leaders.

Oak Bay voted in a Green MLA in the last election, and the seat has previously been a tight contest between the Liberals and NDP.

I’ll wager that there are others in Oak Bay who, like myself, have a very different take on both the issue of the NDP leadership and the Prosperity Mine.

K. Strauss

Oak Bay


Just Posted

Parishioners bear the weight of a large wooden cross on Good Friday

Good Friday Passion Procession winds through streets of Victoria

Mental health walk/run aims to outpace depression

Walk increased to 5k, run to 10k

Autism support dog helps Langford boy hold his head high

Family shares story for Autism Awareness Month

Tiny house how-to course comes to Greater Victoria

May 4 and 5 at the Cordova Bay 55 Plus Association in Saanich

Archaeologist monitoring building work on Tsawout First Nation amid burial ground concerns

Some in community claim construction has potentially disturbed historic graves, contractor disagrees

WATCH: Movie star and PACE alum Calum Worthy talks musical theatre and his career

“American Vandal” and “Austin and Ally” actor has been returning to the program for over 20 years

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Compensation for victims of recurring floods limit to 50% of a home’s value, or a maximum of $100,000

Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states

9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia at a moderate risk of severe weather

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

There are three Americans two Russians and one Canadian living on the space station

Notre Dame rector: “Computer glitch” possible fire culprit

The fire burned through the lattice of oak beams supporting the monument’s vaulted stone ceiling

Most Read