The trouble with AAPs

There have been many complaints about the Alternative Approval Processes (AAPs) currently being presented.

There have been many complaints about the Alternative Approval Processes (AAPs) currently being presented.

The main reason for a preference of AAPs by a local government is that they cost only a fraction of the cost of a referendum.

Another reason is that the tax payers actually have to take action, get out of their chairs. Many people cannot bring themselves to take action, even though they do not agree with the decision being made, which then results in actions by the local government being approved by default.

Democracy is not an easy form of government. It is not good enough to just take for granted that the elected officials do the right thing. At times they do the wrong thing, take the wrong direction. It is then up to the people to take action, to point the elected government into the right direction.

This could very well be one of these opportunities.

If you think the CVRD board has made the right decision in these instances, then do nothing and let the process take its course.

If you do not agree with one or more of the AAPs then sitting back and doing nothing is not an option for you. Get the forms downloaded from the CVRD website or pick them up, sign them and take them to the CVRD.

It is an awkward process, definitely not designed to make it easy for the tax payers. But you owe it to yourself and everybody else to do the right thing.


Klaus Kuhn

CVRD Director Area I

Just Posted

Library eliminates children’s fines as Family Literacy Week approaches

If you’ve been avoiding the public library because your kids have racked… Continue reading

‘Whimsical, funny’ ballet ‘Coppélia!’ coming to Duncan stage

“If you enjoy the ‘Nutcracker’, then you’ll love ‘Coppélia!’”

Cowichan Bay’s Cittaslow designation could be in jeopardy

Less people involved with Cittaslow activities

Lexi Bainas column: Lots of great ways to chase those winter blues in this week’s even

From the skirl of the pipes to the infectious sounds of a marimba band, what’s not to like?

12 poisoned eagles found in Cowichan Valley

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

2-for-1: Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America

Coming up in Cowichan: Anti-pipeline meeting; women’s shelter open house

Public meeting in Duncan to support pipeline protests A public meeting has… Continue reading

Speaker brings report on allegations to B.C. legislature committee

Report describes Darryl Plecas’ suspicions about senior staff

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

Parole granted for drunk driver that killed BC RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

MARS seeing influx of sick, injured eagles from north part of Vancouver Island

Factors for increase in eagle cases can be anything from lead poisoning to vehicle strikes

Suspect allegedly armed with handgun robs Island gas station

Incident occurred Sunday night in Nanaimo

Doug Ford says the Liberals’ carbon tax will plunge Canada into recession

The Ontario premier said there are already warning signs of difficult economic times ahead

Kamala Harris opens U.S. presidential bid in challenge to Trump

The 54-year old portrayed herself as a fighter for justice, decency and equality in a video distributed by her campaign

Most Read