Letters to the Editor

"Gambling is a problem, not an opportunity" [Mar 28, 2021 - Saanich News]
When a Casino was being proposed for Saanich in 2021, I came to the conclusion that Saanich was clearly headed in the wrong direction.  Is this what our elected representatives were spending their time on? Wasn't there anything more important for the district that they should be considering?

This was the catalyst for my first Letter to the Editor and I haven't stopped since.

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"Development comes at the cost of habitat" [9 July 4, 2021 - Saanich News]
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"Residential development brings surge in greenhouse gas emissions" [Aug 21, 2021 - Saanich News]
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"Removal of RBCM exhibits an assault on history" [Nov 14, 2021 - Saanich News]
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"Cadboro Bay resident worries about villages future" [Dec 13, 2021 - Saanich News]
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"Development an example of the new colonization" [Feb 27, 2022 - Victoria News]
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"Don’t blame Oak Bay for a national problem" [March 29, 2022 - Times Colonist]
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No More Roads! (Published as "No road, that will just bring traffic") [April 30, 2022 - Times Colonist]
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"Cadboro Bay survey sees outside influence" [May 14, 2022 - Saanich News]
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"Does Saanich want to hear from Cadboro Bay?" [June 21, 2022 - Times Colonist]
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UVic's Expansionism Behind Push to Densify Cadboro Bay (Published ironically as "UVic would benefit from Cadboro Bay density") [July 3, 2022 - Saanich News]
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Top Gun instead of Canadian history [Aug 4, 2022 - Times Colonist]
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"Surveys fail to gauge local concerns" [Aug 13, 2022 - Saanich News]
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The Greenest Building is the one not built. (Published in the TC as "Want the greenest building? Don’t build it.") [Sept 07, 2022]
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"Push for increased density paves way for developer profit" [Dec 19, 2022 - Saanich News]
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"Community plan update process is flawed" - [Jan 2, 2023 - Times Colonist]
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"Trend towards pre-zoning bypasses democratic processes" - [Feb 2, 2023 - Saanich News]
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"Pre-zoning opens the door to profit for developers" [March 4, 2023 - Saanich News]
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"Council shows lack of consistency" [April 16, 2023 -Saanich News]
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"Saanich’s list of excuses continues to grow for lack of Vote Dashboard" [May 20, 2023 - Saanich News]
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"Democracy being thrown out to keep the cranes running on time" (Published with a reverse title given to it by the TC: "Get rid of democracy, keep cranes running" [Times Colonist June 15, 2023]
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"Consultants troubled by the word democratic" [June 25, 2023 - Saanich News]
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"Saanich shouldn’t be providing discounts to developers" [Aug 5, 2023 - Saanich News]
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"Increasing supply isn’t enough to solve housing crisis" [Sept 17, 2023 - Saanich News]

Not the title I'd have given to it. I'd add that increasing the supply does nothing to solve the affordability crisis. Conversely, it makes it worse under present conditions via induced demand.

Look at Vancouver for example.

They edited out that the development consultant that wrote in response to to my previous letter, is actively involved (at the time of writing) with the UDI development lobby. That writer had mentioned that they had previously been on the Saanich Housing Strategy Task Force.

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"B.C. housing targets benefit development community" [Oct 29, 2023 - Saanich News]

In this letter I exposed the true origin of the BC NDP's forced housing targets (the development lobby).  I asked crucial questions about the targets that the media were not asking. What communities were consulted for example?  The Ministry of Housing responded to a number of my questions, the day after this letter was published in print.  Who was really consulted over the summer?  The government consulted the government.  As they wrote to me by email: "Municipal staff from all 10 municipalities participated in consultation meetings with Ministry of Housing staff."

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"Utilities or taxation? The choice in Saanich" [Nov 21, 2023 - Times Colonist]

Not the title I would have chosen, but then it is the Times Colonist.

"Transparency in Saanich? How will mounting infrastructure costs be paid for?" would be the title I'd have chosen.

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"Provincial housing targets lack transparency" [Dec 16, 2023 - Saanich News]

The provincial bluff on its phony consultations has been exposed.

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