One Cowichan exterting outsized influence

Who needs an elected CVRD when we have One Cowichan?

One Cowichan exterting outsized influence

Who needs an elected CVRD when we have One Cowichan? It seems they are pushing their agendas onto the board in the form of the two new functions of water and housing and are now making the CVRD declare a climate crisis. Next will be the list that spells out exactly what the board has to follow and if they don’t do as told, One Cowichan will work against them in the next election, as they did in the previous one.

Not only are they after the board, they are also trying to force the Citizen to not publish any letters to the editor that speaks against their stand on climate. David Slade always writes short novels on this subject, being a member, to tell others his side and suggests everyone should only believe him. Yet he never admits to researching what others are saying and also calls on the paper to not publish differing views. This group would probably have gone after Galileo for suggesting that the earth was not the centre of the universe.

When someone tells you that they know everything based on what they read or hear constantly, they are deemed to be an egomaniac. Freedom of thought and opinion are swept aside. Will One Cowichan now go after the individual for daring to question their motives?

The CVRD gives a lot of time to special interest groups, such as this one, at their board meetings. The public gets three minutes out of 15 to make a point then must wait until the end the meeting to finally ask questions. That is, if the meeting does not go on too long. Meanwhile, the ones asking for money or pushing an agenda get all the time they want and there is lot of back and forth and witty banter which the public has to listen to while waiting their turn. So much for representative governance.

How much is it going to raise our taxes this time? Whatever One Cowichan decides.

Ed Aiken

Cobble Hill

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