Wrong for TLC to sell gifted properties

I am absolutely baffled by The Land Conservancy's quest to sell property it owns.

Although I fully understand the desperate need to solve the issue of funding for an organization such as The Land Conservancy, I am absolutely baffled by its quest to sell property it owns.

Properties here on Vancouver Island, and elsewhere in B.C. have been gifted in wills to TLC with the condition that those properties remain intact in perpetuity, not bulldozed to build more condominiums or developments.

The legacy that those individuals intended were clear. Properties were gifted to TLC to act as caring stewards of the land. However, that is not what is happening at all.

TLC can easily sell these lands for development, to reduce their liabilities, and return to a more financially stable position.

Doesn’t conservancy mean that they protect something and not sell it to the highest bidder? Isn’t that why they were gifted to this organization, so that those lands would be protected forever, and not developed, not split into a multitude of lots, but protected for all to enjoy? It certainly makes one think seriously about gifting something.

Every time I visit Vancouver and Stanley Park, I marvel at the vision of the men that protected that land for a park.  They could have just as easily developed that land – it is prime and valuable.

I guess it boils down to what we, as a society and as residents, want to build and be remembered for.

It is not likely that there will be great memories of a condominium development on what was once a lakeside property or a working farm.

We are losing something here.

Ann Moxley

Saanich

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Royal Bay Secondary students take flight in ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

Play tells the story of the orphan who becomes Peter Pan

WATCH: Oak Bay wins regional skating competition

Winning tradition continues leading up to provincials

Sidney designer showing killer collection at Van Fashion Week

A young Sidney designer is showing her 14 piece collection Obsidian Nights at Vancouver Fashion Week

Invasive crab spotted near Sooke

Fisheries need more data to know if numbers are increasing

Indigenous leaders, politicians say Trans Mountain report flawed

The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline a second time

POLL: Will you be wearing pink to take a stand against bullying?

Schools and workplaces across Greater Victoria and around the province will be… Continue reading

Legislation to protect B.C. farmland comes into effect

Regulations enhance food security, encourage long-term farming

Have you heard the legend of Shuswaggi, the Shuswap Lake monster?

Witness accounts as old as 1904, and as recent as 2018, place a creature in the lake’s depths

UPDATE: B.C. ticket holder winner of $25.9-million Lotto Max jackpot

Next draw set for Mar. 1 with an estimated jackpot of $10 million

B.C.-based ‘Team Tardi’ brings home gold in junior curling worlds

In a 9-4 victory over Switzerland, a Langley-based curling team earned its 2nd straight world title

People gather for funeral of seven children killed in fast-moving Halifax fire

Traditional portion of the service will be followed by words from community members

B.C. weavers to help Alaska Native project honouring survivors of violence

Dozens of Chilkat and Ravenstail weavers from all over North America will be weaving 5-inch-by-5-inch squares

B.C. skip Sarah Wark and team eliminated at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Nontheless pretty impressive stuff from the 24th-ranked team in the country

Most Read