Letters: Hold to a higher standard

New residents angry with way council conducts business

As recent arrivals in Sooke, my wife and I took the opportunity to attend the recent all candidates forum at Edward Milne.

Ever since our arrival we had noticed a constant feeling of anger and disappointment over the manner in which the Janet Evans administration has conducted the town’s business. In fact we have not met anyone who expressed anything positive concerning the outgoing administration.

During the course of the forum it became abundantly clear to us why this was so.

Except for Councillors Berger and Haldane, the incumbants, seemed to speak from a common platform which could be categorized as “no matter what the residents want, we know better” or “we tell you, you (residents) do not tell us” even when that meant keeping residents in the dark on a range of issues.

It seems to us at this moment in Sooke’s history, that the town badly needs elected officials who welcome and embrace public input and make their decisions in the full light of day and take the time to inform electors. It is condescending to tell people to read council minutes.

We were equally surprised to learn that the CAO, having been recently apprehended driving in a less than sober state by the RCMP, still held office. In many jurisdictions such behaviour would trigger a resignation.

Public officials are surely expected to conform to a higher standard of conduct and accountability.

A new administration, absent most of the incumbants, would bring a breath of fresh air and vitality to this vibrant community.

D.R. Matland

Sooke

Just Posted

“Winter Heart” a musical gift to Sooke

Community Choir’s Christmas offering a thoughtful seasonal concert

New report finds B.C. victims of opioids crisis on lower of end of socio-economic spectrum

UVic scholar calls for decriminalization of drugs responsible for opioid crisis

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh visits with Langford high school students

Students asked him questions about current political issues

Alleged child abduction attempt in Langford a family issue, RCMP say

Const. Matt Baker with West Shore RCMP says parents should not worry

City of Victoria to see 588 affordable housing units

Provincial funding is aiming to see 4,900 new mixed-income rental properties across B.C.

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

Vancouver Island remembers

Important stories shared as Islanders salute those who made the greatest sacrifice

Kuhnhackl scores 2 odd goals as Isles dump Canucks 5-2

Vancouver drops second game in two nights

Student arrested at Vancouver Island elementary school

Pupils never in danger, incident unrelated to the school

POLL: Have BC Ferry waits ever forced you to cancel your travel plans?

Many BC Ferry passengers heading out from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen on… Continue reading

Stink at B.C. school prompts complaints of headaches, nausea

Smell at Abbotsford school comes from unauthorized composting operation

Fear of constitutional crisis escalates in U.S.; Canadians can relate

Some say President Donald Trump is leading the U.S. towards a crisis

Racist slur cleaned off memorial at Qualicum First Nation graveyard

Site was hit by vandals on Friday; many immediately offered support and assistance

B.C.-based pot producer Tilray reports revenue surge, net loss

Company remains excited about ‘robust’ cannabis industry

Most Read