Editorial comment: Does Big Brother know what’s right?

The Capital Regional District is making some unenforceable bylaws

Pirjo Raits

Are we being over regulated? Is the Capital Regional District overstepping its authority and mandate? Has the CRD become big brother or father who knows best?

I honestly don’t know how stupid we must all be when a regional district has the capacity to be able to put in bylaws which appear to make no sense whatsoever and which cannot be regulated or enforced. In their minds’ eye, they are probably doing what they consider to be the “right” thing. In my mind’s eye, they are controlling, dictatorial and lack a whole bunch of common sense.

Number one on the hopelessly inane scale is the great idea to charge people more for water because they aren’t using enough and there isn’t enough money being generated by water usage. Add to that regulations which state when and if you can water your lawn or wash your car. Southern Vancouver Island has lots of water. Sooke Lake is almost always full to capacity and we are not running out any time soon. If you can’t make enough money to cover your expenses, then you cut your expenses, just like any other business has to do when the revenue isn’t there. It shouldn’t always be up to the taxpayer to cover revenue shortfalls.

Instance number two is composting kitchen recyclables. This is a grand idea but no one did their homework before they decided to make it mandatory for many residents in some CRD neighbourhoods to have to compost their kitchen waste. The irony of this is that the  CRD has no where to put all of it once it’s collected. As a consequence much of it is getting dumped into the landfill. This is a clear situation of putting the cart before the horse and it makes those big brains at the CRD appear just a little over enthusiastic to say the least. Recycling and composting is a good thing, no doubt about that but if it all ends up in the landfill, it’s  a waste of time, money and resources.

Instance number three is the new proposal to limit smoking in parks and public spaces. Smokers have already been relegated to the back alleys and sidewalks to smoke and to put yet another restriction on them is unfair and discriminatory. It appears smokers do not have any rights when they are doing what is legal.

The big question here is how are you going to regulate or enforce such bylaws? If someone lights up a cigarette next to you in the park, what are you going to do? Call a cop? Demand their name so you can report them? Or are you going to walk away muttering about inconsiderateness and stink? Most smokers,  (B.C. has the least number of smokers in Canada), are considerate and try not to gas other people with their second hand smoke. They are not criminals and they should not be treated like felons and ner-do goods. If you want to clean the air, do something about the traffic at rush hour when thousands of cars are spewing exhaust. This is surely unhealthier than a whiff of cigarette smoke and no one gives it the attention it demands.

What is the mandate of the CRD anyway? Are they the dictators of our lifestyles? Really they should mind their own business not our personal lives.

Pirjo Raits is the editor of the Sooke News Mirror

Just Posted

Most Victoria transit takers thank their driver: poll

Bus riders thank drivers on Transit Driver Appreciation Day

Volunteer needed to empty dog poop can in Saanich Park

Local volunteers do the work of irresponsible dog owners at Mount Doug

Sexual assault charge dropped against former CFB Esquimalt member

Navy Lt. Ronald Clancy was charged with two counts of sexual assault in August 2018

Vancouver Island overdue for the big one, can also expect mega-thrust tsunami

The last big earthquake was 70 years ago in Courtenay

BC Ferries considers passenger only ferry between West Shore and Victoria

Royal Bay, Esquimalt and Ship Point considered as part of study into new route

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

Horvat scores 16 seconds into OT as Canucks beat Blackhawks 3-2

Pettersson sets rookie scoring record for Vancouver

No injuries, pollution in Vancouver Harbour ship collision: Transport Canada

Transportation Safety Board says it has deployed a team of investigators look into the incident

Budget 2019: Five things to watch for in the Liberals’ final fiscal blueprint

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will release the Trudeau government’s final budget on Tuesday

New concussion guidelines launched for Canada’s Olympians, Paralympians

The guidelines will be in effect at this summer’s Pan American, Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru

Alphonso Davies doubtful for Canada game against French Guiana in Vancouver

Canada will be without injured captain Scott Arfield and veteran Will Johnson

Watchdog called after man who yelled racial slurs at B.C. vigil hurt during arrest

BC RCMP say man was ‘acting suspiciously’ at prayer vigil for victims of New Zealand mosque shootings

NDP’s Jagmeet Singh steps into the House of Commons, making history

Burnaby South MP becomes first visible minority to lead a federal party in the House of Commons

Most Read