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Letter: Ostrich thinking not an option

Mother Nature would tragically take the hit if damaging projects of this ilk are approved

Ostrich thinking not an option

Dear CVRD board:

Here is the sadly necessary fight (Citizen, Dec. 22, 2022) Maureen Alexander and the SIPS, various Saanich Tribes, and other caring Cowichanians are bravely waging in South Cowichan to protect our eco-sensitive Saanich Inlet from more toxic development. Regardless of any First Nations economic-development rights, Mother Nature would tragically take the hit if damaging projects of this ilk are approved. Our valley’s future is bookended by threats to our Six Mountains in North Cowichan, to rampant sprawl, and potentially destructive projects in the south. Our elected, paid CVRD directors have a fiduciary duty to weigh facts, form opinions and take stands about protecting our precious environment at risk. Business as usual and ostrich thinking by anyone is not an option. If it were, Bamberton town would now be a reality, and toxic soil would still be hauled to a Shawnigan Lake pit.

Yours in ecological sanity,

Peter W. Rusland

North Cowichan

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