Monthly Archives: December 2012

Strong democratic traditions

In John Sbragia’s letter to the Undercurrent (21 December 2012) he alleges this council is  “not interested in the democratic power of the people but in the cold power of money” because of its “closed door and mid-afternoon meetings which either completely shut out islanders or make it impossible for most of them to attend.”

The previous council met 21 times in closed session during its first term. This council met 23 times. One can only assume that both councils considered these meetings appropriate and necessary, and that both have demonstrated an equal level of interest – or disinterested  – in democracy.

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Squarely on the side of Bowen Island

Eric Sherlock in his letter to the editor (14 December 2012) and Murray Skeels in his remarkably similar opinion piece takes exception to council’s handling of the water leases at The Cape on Bowen Development.

Both Sherlock and Skeels mention how in 2007 the council of the day informed the Province that it was not supportive of the developers using Crown Land to provide alternative access to Cape Roger Curtis, and was successful in having the developers’ application denied by the Province. The result of this ‘success’ is that all construction traffic for The Cape now travels down Whitesails, a formerly quiet neighbourhood street.

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Development Cost Charges

In his letter to the 4 December 2012 edition of the Undercurrent, Eric Sherlock expresses his opinion that, instead of questioning the value of the Islands Trust, the Mayor would be “more productive asking why Bowen Island is the only municipality in the lower mainland that does not apply Development Cost Charges (DCCs) to recoup from developers the costs that a municipality incurs for rezoning and subdivisions.”

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The ashes of failed initiatives

In the Undercurrent of 30 November 2012 (Swept under the rug), former councilor Doug Hooper  rehashes the contents of previous letters to the editor to criticize this council’s handling of a court case the previous council entered into (and which this council settled to prevent further expense to the municipality); to attack Bowen Island Properties for their actions (which took place during the previous council term and served to prevent Seymour Bay Park from sliding into the ocean); and to blame this council because the Province has approved the marine tenures at CRC (which this council did not support).

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Is this really about the park?

This week’s Undercurrent devoted significant ink to another series of letters from now familiar authors on the subject of Seymour Bay Park. In his letter, James Hickling suggests: “Any problems or concerns could have been avoided if someone had taken a moment to think about public property, public process and public consultation.”

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