Speak for self, not others

Shirley resident does not want to painted with same brush

Some of the residents of Shirley are back to old tricks; speaking presumptuously for everyone else in the area.

Take for instance Diane Dieters letter declaring that “the residents of Shirley choose to live in Shirley because of the quiet.”

First of all, I personally would like less exclusion, less repressions, and more excitement, more access, more activity, more “life” in the area. I loved here because my two-and-a-half acre lot, located a two minute walk from the beach cost me $18,500 20 years ago. I did not move here for the “quiet.”

Furthermore, to say Shirley residents (the ones who frequent the firehall meetings) are quiet, is quite literally to unhinge the meaning of the word “quiet.”

I don’t know about recently, but in the near past, the firehall was the site of a great deal of hollering and yelling and foot stomping, and name calling, and almost to the point of fisticuffs, So, if Diane Dieter calls that quiet, so be it.

Ms. Dieter is right on one point, the poor condition of West Coast Road. Because of the depressed economy in the area — “the economic silence.”

Since I am the only “real” environmentalist in the whole place, and not just an environmentalist of convenience, and do not even own a “Gas to CO2” ton of vehicle, biking on that hell hole of a road from Shirley to Sooke once a week to go grocery shopping, keeps me fit, and on the alert, and it “saves the environment” while living dangerously.

I take pride in being a non-hypocrite environmentalist, and view all the “so-called” environmentalists in Shirley, with their big house to heat, their biased ideology, and their two cars, as finger-pointing pretenders.

Don’t speak for “me in Shirley” ms. Dieter. I don’t want anything to do with your loud kind of quiet, and your fake environmentalism. But, you’re right about the condition of West Coast Road. I take my life in my hands every week biking into town on it — being a “real” environmentalist.

N.E. MacNab

Shirley

 

Just Posted

Deep Cove Elementary School principal Shelley Hardcastle (right) and vice-principal Mary Kaercher help to restock Reay Creek with fish – in this case, coho fry – after a recent bleach spill killed hundreds of fish. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
North Saanich’s Deep Cove Elementary School helps to restock Sidney’s Reay Creek

Restocking followed bleach spill that killed hundreds of fish in creek

A new report pegs the annual cost of hiring a third party to monitor use of pickleball courts in North Saanich at $12,000. (Black Press Media file photo).
North Saanich could end up hiring third party to monitor pickleball courts

Other options up for consideration include use of cameras and timed locks

Co-creatorsAdrianna Hatton and Malcolm McKenzie stand next to the little free library revealed Sunday at 9710 First St. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Literary crowd helps opens little free library in Sidney

Located at 9710 First St., the book sharing box features original art and reclaimed wood

The barred owl is the most likely to be spotted in the south Island. (Ann Nightingale photo)
Barred owls dominate Greater Victoria owl-scape

Western screech owl population decimated, partly due to barred owls

Between June 1 and 7, 168 net unconditional sales were made for properties in the VREB region. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria home sales slightly behind last June’s pace

Benchmark value of single-family home in Greater Victoria tops $1 million

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

The Queen Victoria statue at the B.C. legislature was splattered with what looks like red paint on Friday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Queen Victoria statue at B.C. legislature vandalized Friday

Statue splattered with red paint by old growth forest proponents

Most Read