Letters: Disagree with editorial

Micro-managing committees will provide clear direction

Your approach to interaction between municipal councils and committees they form is not good management practice. (“Micro-manage and you fail” Aug. 22, 2012 issue)

Senior management (in this case elected mayor and councillors) should give each committee clear direction on scope of their task, and check on them occasionally. (A past over-used phrase was “management by walking around,” in one sense that is spot-checking.)

Otherwise a committee may work away and only find itself afoul of council at the end of its effort. At that point redoing their work will take more months, during which the original problem they were to advise council on continues to exist to the discomfort of, or cost to, citizens.

I am against municipal committees because they often do not have balanced representation, sometimes being full of naive do-gooders. Municipal councils and bureaucrats make excessive use of committees and expensive consultants, instead of doing their job.

Keith Sketchley

Saanich

Just Posted

Province now allowing tent city campers to stay at Goldstream Park

Contrary to earlier reports, Ministry of Environment says there is no hard deadline for campers to leave, park open to public

Saanich offers land for housing for the homeless

Unclear many units of supportive housing the province will build in Saanich

MISSING: 26-year old Victoria man Gregory Partington

Partington was last see on September 19

Greater Victoria officers ready ride Tour de Rock

The annual ride across Vancouver Island for cancer research begins this weekend and arrives in Victoria Oct. 4 and 5

Rain and high winds to hit Vancouver Island this afternoon

Thursday and Friday to see downpour of 20 to 50mm and high winds on Vancouver Island

Watch out for Pavement Patty: Drivers warned outside B.C. elementary school

New survey reveals unsafe school zones during 2018 back-to-school week

Authorities should avoid harsh response to new homeless camp in Saanich

Unfortunately, authorities appear less tolerant towards the newest homeless camp in Saanich.

Admitting mistakes is the first step

On Friday afternoon a dramatic three-vehicle crash took place on Highway, an… Continue reading

Former VP of lululemon joins B.C. cannabis cultivation facility

Kerry Biggs will be the Chief Financial Officer of True Leaf, in Lumby

Could cannabis help keep people in B.C. on treatment for opioid addiction?

People on opioid agonist treatment face lower risks of overdosing, BC Centre on Substance Use says

Around the BCHL – Trail Smoke Eater grad to captain NCAA Michigan Tech Huskies

Around the BCHL is a regular look at the BCHL and goings-on throughout the junior A world.

Thieves escape after man claims his wife is giving birth

RCMP searching for suspects in brazen daytime break in

Rural Canada Post carriers could see 25-per-cent pay hike: spokesman

An arbitrator has released a ruling in a long-standing pay equity dispute at Canada Post

7th day of searching for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts are concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

Most Read