Letters: Two groups should join forces

Duplication of services should make on question need of two groups

I would like to express my concern about the $28,000 given to both SRTA (Sooke Region Tourism Association) and the Sooke Chamber of Commerce and also for the monies for the awards night ($300) and the trip to Calgary for a course ($2,800).

I would like to, and so should council, ask to see the results of the survey asking what people like or dislike in Sooke and why or why not they shop in Sooke. Those results would show what the folks in Sooke would like to see improved. There is value in this for the council and for business.

I do not believe that these monies should be paid to either group as that would appear that council is giving moneys to private business. I believe that the role of council is to provide services and a stage where a business can develop and thrive. Ways council can do this is to provide those lovely ways and means signs a previous planner provided a template for. For $56,000, perhaps we could start with four signs in the core, a sign for John Phillips Memorial Park, indicating this is a park and some benches for folks to set and rest or contemplate. Perhaps a portion of stamped concrete or brick could be places for attractive sidewalks and the contemptible turn on Townsend could be corrected or a proper light and crosswalk in the town centre would make it easier for people to live, work and play in Sooke.

In our Saanich business, we paid our $100 business license fee for that the fire chief would inspect our premises two times a year as we were a restaurant. We had a merchant group to which we paid a sum and had meetings once every six months to decide where we would put our monies to advertise our businesses. We would never have approached city hall to subsidize us and I am quite sure we would have been thrown our on our ear and should have been.

SRTA and the chamber share members and even board members. They should become one and charge their membership accordingly to what they can afford and work together to promote and create an environment where we all like to work, live and play as this I believe will add further value to their business when folks can get around easily, prices are competitive and service is excellent.

Ellen Lewers

Sooke

Just Posted

Candidate forum planned for Sooke

Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce hosts event Oct. 11

Defense says burden of proof not met in double murder case against Oak Bay father

Closing statements begin in trial for man accused of killing daughters Christmas 2017

UPDATED: Hundreds gather to reflect and remember UVic students killed in bus crash

Campus community invited to reflect, support one another

Province overrules View Royal; plans to build handyDART facility

View Royal Mayor calls province’s actions “heavy handed” and “unusual”

Recent polls show the Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke riding a ‘toss-up’

Recent polls show the Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke riding a ‘toss-up’ If any proof were… Continue reading

VIDEO: Drone footage documents work to free salmon at Big Bar landslide

Video shows crews working to remove rocks and wood, and transporting salmon by helicopter

Man who crushed Nanaimo RCMP cars with stolen truck gets more jail time

Majore Jackson, 34, sentenced to two more years in jail in provincial court in Nanaimo

B.C. dog breeder banned again after 46 dogs seized

The SPCA seized the animals from Terry Baker, 66, in February 2018

Surrey mom allegedly paid $400,000 for son in U.S. college bribery scam

Xiaoning Sui, 48, was arrested in Spain on Monday night

Three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

B.C. party bus company to be monitored after 40 intoxicated teens found onboard

Police received tip teens and young adults were drinking on party buses and limousines in Surrey

Rick Mercer calls out Conservative candidate in B.C. for fake meme

‘Not true. All fake. Please Stop,’ tweeted Rick Mercer in response

Bear killed in Kimberley after chasing girl, wreaking havoc on town

This particular brown-coloured bear has been the subject of many calls this summer; very food habituated, CO says

Vancouver Island man bikes through B.C. Interior for mental health, addiction awareness

Vancouver Island Resident Mat Fee is approaching the final phase of his cross-Canada bike journey to raise awareness about addiction recovery.

Most Read