Opinion: ‘Protector says Parliament was a genius

Self-proclaimed protector of Sooke admires former CAO

I will participate in the District of Sooke community affairs and I will be respectful. I promise. I am me, in every way from the heart.

“… those who sit at the council table and vote without understanding the issues, or vote to satisfy a personal agenda.” That’s what Gail Hall wrote in her “No one acted alone” letter to the Sooke News Mirror (Aug. 15, 2012).  People are not supposed to act alone in these capacities. Not understanding things, but yelling so loudly that others don’t understand is an ancient offensive tactic. We are a proper community with patterns of communications and standards.

The personal agenda that I see, taste and feel is in my opinion, Gail’s. So Gail, to what degree are you willing to go to be heard for the sake of being heard?

Personally, I think we have a great administration team at the District of Sooke. Period. That great team was created by hiring and for her to spew more labelled inefficiencies in certain directions in order to seem to be acting as some stalwart journey guide is unfair to our public employees – both those who did the hiring and those who were hired. Enough already. I am a shepherd, I protect. Your letter seeks to assign blame and I feel obliged to address it. I believe we need more open mindedness, not less.

For clarity: She uses the words, ”complicit” (defined as an association or participation in or as if in a wrongful act) and ”scheme” (defined as an underhand plot). This is part of a false and malicious statement that seems bent on damaging somebody’s reputation. Have you heard me yet? This is the protector speaking. I have no issue with change. Be proper, be respectful. Then all is well. I answer, I speak/write about some of those that aren’t.

Her statement that “Sooke has travelled like a ship with no master…” has stirred things up, no matter the cost. Like we should listen to her. Like she has something to say to us and we should hear it or else we won’t know “…important emotional content.”

Evan Parliament is a great team leader – and while he was our Chief Administrative Officer  (CAO,) he helped the District of Sooke achieve so much.  Dave Devana (ex-)Director of Finance is a good man, in every sense of the word. And for those of you, that when you read the word achieve, back a few words,  thought “achieve debt”… you know nothing of math. I do. Behind both of these men stand Mayor Janet Evans, Councillors Ron Dumont, Sheila Beech, Maja Tait and Dave Bennett. To me this adds up to interest, morality and clear vision of an elected group. They are all good moral people. This is where genius is evident and Evan Parliament is a genius. His ability to coordinate is remarkable in my opinion, and I’ve worked with top flight executive teams at Bell Canada’s BSSi.

The number of directors that we have had is because we are a young municipality. Holidays are not what this VISA card stuff with the travel to China was all about. As stated in the 2010 District of Sooke annual report, that trip put Sooke staff in touch with potentially valuable contacts and offered much inspiration.  So writing what you wrote was pure negative speculation and is full of ego about how things are, how things should be and how we get them there.   Wake up.  You’re full of hot air.  It doesn’t sound good and anyone who tells you that it does, needs better hearing aids.

When the community reads what you’ve written, they have then heard you and you like this. Now it’s Gail Hall, over a collected spirit of health and growth. I’m writing on this subject again following my letter of last week because I truly believe somebody needs to step up and shine a positive light on this community.

Here I am and I’m not going away. Avoiding discord for the whole – sometimes feels rather intense for a few. So be it. Don’t say what you’re not willing to get into in public This is now taken by me to the public on the streets and not just to a newspaper.

Koshin Moonfist Sifu

Sooke