To the Friends of Shoal Harbour, it’s time to change your strategies for helping the migratory birds in Roberts Bay. There are many other things that can be done instead of harassing home owners who have every right to build a retaining wall on their property. For instance, you could:
• patrol the bay to keep off-leash dogs from chasing the birds and scaring them away.
• contact the Victoria Airport Authority to close the runway that directs flights over the bay and disturbs the wildlife.
• petition for the removal of the yellow house that looks unsafe and whose footings/foundations are in the actual waters of the bay.
• raise funds to build retaining walls on the bay if you don’t like the ones built by the property owners.
To the Peninsula News Review, it’s time to change your strategy as well. Get to work and do your job instead of rehashing the same story over again. Rather than having four pages dedicated to the Friends of Shoal Harbour how about covering the story of the passing of a great member of our community. Al Slater died on July 30 at the age of 47, fighting cancer. He was a local businessman who volunteered for 20 years with the Sidney Fire Department. Now that is news!
Anne van Wouw