As a former long time resident of Sooke, I continue to watch with keen interest the work of Sooke council.
I applaud the new council under Mayor Milne for having opened up the business of council to the public and utlizing the citizen/councillor committees, long overdue, and for encouraging, welcoming and utlizing committee and public input.
Real work by real people.
No longer is the business conducted behind closed doors in-camera and no longer are people put down for asking questions of relevance to them.
The new era of clarity, accountability, working committees and honesty is a model for other jurisdictions and extremely refreshing.
In these tough economic times there is no doubt that council will face difficult challenges in the future but with hard work, honesty and continuity on the road they have taken, they will weather the storm.