Letters: Idea has merit

Urgent need for amalgamation called for by Victoria resident

Thank you so much for your thoughtful examination of our urgent need for amalgamation.

With the recent municipal elections bringing fewer changes than we had hoped the current inertia will continue. Meanwhile, at just about every dinner party or social gathering recently I have found most people very enthusiastic about amalgamation. A recent quick CHEK tv news poll (November of this year) had viewers 70 per cent in favour of amalgamation.

Your idea of four regional municipalities has much merit. The anti-amalgamation forces argue that Oak Bay has little or nothing in common with East Sooke and are quick to point out the mixed results in both Toronto and Montreal.

Your perspective has much to offer. The one caveat I have is that scrapping the CRD might give carte blanche to the developers who would not hesitate to pave the entire Saanich penninsula. I have railed at CRD members for not fulfilling their mandates (Vic Derman is a sterling exception). Without some kind of greater authority overseeing a regional plan the potential for uncurtailed suburban growth without proper infrastructure planning makes me shudder.

Again, my thanks for your article and I hope it provokes a great deal of interest. I hasten to add that I have absolutely no background in urban planning (I am a painter) but will follow this with great interest and will share it with others.

Sylvia Bews-Wright

Victoria

Just Posted

Sixty Sooke homes needed to host Japanese students

Homestay program offers visitors a taste of life in Canada

Esquimalt café cooks up connections for all abilities

A Kinder Cup focuses on positivity, inclusivity and connection

Free bike exchange program available to Greater Victoria kids

The Re-Buy-Cycle Shop in Langford offers free bikes for young learners

Central Saanich sparks up new opening burning bylaw

New bylaw offers ‘balanced approach’ between status quo and tougher provincial regulations

Oak Bay father’s testimony at murder trial like plot of ‘bad low-budget movie:’ Crown

Crown alleged Andrew Berry’s ‘entire story of Christmas Day is a lie’

PHOTOS: Young protesters in B.C. and beyond demand climate change action

Many demonstaers were kids and teens who skipped school to take part

B.C. truck drivers to face higher fines for not using winter tire chains

As of Oct. 1, not using chains on the highway when required could net you a $598 ticket

Singh campaigns in Toronto, May in Winnipeg, as Liberal and Tory leaders pause

All parties expected to be back on the campaign trail Sunday

Possible Canadian cases of vaping illnesses being investigated: health officer

‘I think that will be really important to address the overall trend of youth vaping’

Area 51 events mostly peaceful; thousands in Nevada desert

Three more people were arrested Friday on the remote once-secret military base

B.C. First Nation signs agreement to return its land on Vancouver Island

The land on the east coast of Vancouver Island will be returned to the We Wai Kai Nation

Former B.C. lifeguard gets house arrest for possession of child porn

Cees Vanderniet of Grand Forks will serve six months of house arrest, then two years’ probation

How to react to Trudeau’s racist photos? With humility, B.C. prof says

‘We are now treating racism as a crime that you cannot recover from’

‘I’d do it again,’ says B.C. man who swam naked, drunk in Toronto shark tank

David Weaver, of Nelson, was drunk when he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto on Oct. 12 2018

Most Read