Social media is powerful

Editorial

It’s over. Some are breathing a sigh of relief, others are left wondering what will happen next. The rezoning application for a recreational resort put forth by Marine Trail Holdings will go no further than the CRD table today.

The whole issue has been a fight and those with the loudest voices have won out. It’s unfortunate that those who would have wanted a development out in the Juan de Fuca didn’t speak up and weren’t organized. Yes, it would have been intimidating and difficult, but we all know that the squeaky wheels get the grease. The concerted effort through social media, letter writing and telephone campaigns worked. And it will work again in the future. Those opposed used a lot of tactics — veiled threats, mining claims, misinformation, force by numbers, placards, you name it. If all of that energy could have been put to use for some sort of compromise, everyone would have been a winner in this instance. The opposition forces had valid points and a lot of passion for what they believe in and that’s a good thing. But to hold one developer in a head lock because of the actions of the provincial government is ridiculous to the extreme. Go after those who are responsible, not someone who just had an idea for a resort development, and at least allow them to go through the legal process.

For the CRD board to want to change the voting structure because of outside pressure is not acceptable. Elections are coming up and one hopes the decisions made by the board were not in hopes of gathering votes.

It’s over and it will be very interesting to see what happens next.