Looks like EPCOR deal is back

The citizens of Sooke have a difficult decision to make by June 27. Will they oppose a district council bent on putting the priorities of a large corporation over the future wants and needs of its next generation? Or will apathy rule the day?

A 21-year deal takes the decision-making process away from future citizens and elected officials. It makes presumptions on future international trade deals, corporations being bought and sold, and what regional economic and environmental conditions will be. Has the impact of the proposed European Trade Agreement been considered? Will this agreement supersede the ability for the municipality to ever take back the service?

In Canada we strive for a balance between a competitive private sector and an accountable, stable public sector. This deal was never open to the competitive market, nor accountable to the citizens it services.

I hope to see a future where the private sector flourishes with competetive bids on new developments (design and build), then the services being maintained to the highest standard possible by public services accountable directly to you, the tax-payer… just the way it should be.

I urge the citizens of Sooke to look at this deal closely, and the impact it will have on the community.

 

Trevor Davies

General Vice President, CUPE 374

Just Posted

Shaving minutes off commutes among the goals for Victoria bus lanes

Work on southbound Douglas Street lane between Tolmie and Hillside getting underway

VicPD nab distracted driver with expired licence

On the phone while in motion, man had overdue fines from driving while impaired

Working for the common good

Film Awareness night examines alternate business models

Cooking with ‘Killer’

Reporter Dawn Gibson shares some of her favourite meals to make

WEB POLL: Would you support a B.C.-wide ban on single-use plastic bags?

Would you support a B.C.-wide ban on single-use plastic bags?… Continue reading

Tsunami warnings 101: Canada

Here are some things to know about tsunami alerts in Canada and how they work

Castlegar homicide victim identified

The victim was 38-year-old Jordan Workman of Castlegar, B.C.

B.C. Liberal leadership candidates get one last prime-time pitch

Leadership campaign to be decided in Feb. 3 vote

How high is safe from a tsunami? Four metres above sea level

Be disaster ready with food, water and clothing for seven days

Victoria Film Festival set for triumphant return to the big screen

Two decades on, diverse film lineups keep movie-goers coming to the box office

Andrew Scheer on trade, Trump and Trudeau

Canada’s Conservative leader begins three-day visit to B.C.

Victoria’s most wanted for the week of Jan. 23

Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrests or the seizure of property or drug

Victims restrained, sex toys and cash stolen from B.C. adult store

Armed suspects sought in adult store robbery

Most Read