Editorial: Be careful what you wish for

Property being logged was once in the forefront of controversy

After more than four years of acrimony, protests, righteousness and bitterness on all sides, it seems the ‘environmentalists’ didn’t win after all. One of the sites where the Marine Trail Resort was to go is now being logged.

Ender Ilkay was prevented from building his resort, which would have consisted of 257 vacation cabins, a lodge and a recreation building. Jobs would have been created for those folks who live in the Port Renfrew and Jordan River areas and tourists would have come to enjoy the area along the Juan de Fuca Trail.

Well, the powers-that-be and the environmentalist prevented that and now the loggers with feller bunchers are demolishing the lot for the wood. Not such a nice scenario but Ilkay had no choice. He was sitting on over $5-million dollars worth of property he could do nothing with, except log it for the timber or sell it. But who would buy a property they can’t do anything with? Can’t blame him for trying to recoup his losses but, now everyone loses. Close to 86 per cent of the property Ilkay owned would have been saved as undeveloped areas and parks. It’s not much of a park now and it sure isn’t pretty.

The question here is, what would have been better? Tourists who come to enjoy our magnificent scenery and stay in cabins close to the trail or a clear view to the water through a relative clearcut. As much hue and cry as there is about clearcuts, sometimes, as in this case, they are the result of way too much interference.

Perhaps there is a lesson here.

Just Posted

Police actions under investigation following Langford arrest

IIO investigates officer-related incidents that result in serious harm

Victoria woman, 76, challenges alcohol-screening laws after failing to give breath sample

Norma McLeod was unable to provide a sample because of her medical conditions

Gas stations could push to 167.9 cents a litre this week

Analyst says high prices are due to supply and demand

United Way celebrates volunteers, contributors in Greater Victoria area

$4.7 million was raised in 2018 thanks to the work of hundreds of people

Police charge 27-year-old man with weapons offences after Langford shooting

Justin Lemmen was arrested shortly after the shooting after crashing into a truck

WATCH: Cougar saunters through Metchosin yard

Spring cougar sighting caught on camera

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

New report on 2017 wildfires calls for better coordination with B.C. First Nations

Tsilhqot’in National Government documents 2017 disaster and lists 33 calls to action

B.C. youth coach banned amid sexual harassment, bullying scandal: Water Polo Canada

Justin Mitchell can’t take part in Water Polo Canada events or clubs

Wilson-Raybould: Feds want to just ‘manage the problem’ of Indigenous Peoples

Former federal justice minister speaks at First Nations Justice Council meeting in B.C.

Island Cup set for East Sooke on May 3-5

Off-road racing event expected to attract over 50 racers

Female real estate agents warned of suspicious man in Metro Vancouver

The man requests to see homes alone with the female agent, police say

SPCA investigating after newborn kittens found in Vancouver dumpster

The kittens were found suffering from hypothermia and dehydration

Experts butt heads in court, hunter loses case for return of ram

Despite expert testimony, judgement says ram probably underage

Most Read