Rule of law is very important, as Gail Hall points out in her rambling letter, but what to do when the law is a fool, and the collective becomes tyranny?
If Mr. Arden is correct in suggesting, as I understand his letter, that some use of his property pre-dates the present bylaw, then he is the victim of partial confiscation. The proper question is whether or not activity on the property is of significant harm to other people. So significant smoke or runoff, or release of toxic components, or high noise level, would be improper. That would probably violate specific laws as well as be subject to tort action. Yes, some people get lazy – as a fence company did in failing to clean the street in Langford that their trucks were making dusty and muddy. But I read Arden claiming he runs a good operation.
Since there is a law in place, why can’t Sooke get its act together and quickly change the law to be more sensible? Apparently control freaks object to that.
Meanwhile the governments of Sooke, B.C., and Canada do not support adequate levels of policing, courts, incarceration facilities, and re-education programs, which are very important to rule of law and a civilized society.
I urge all Sooke voters, to decide their priorities for the upcoming election. Do they support what works for humans – individual freedom supported by a justice system, or are they voting for continued meddling in people’s lives?