Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
I see that the CVRD is at it again trying to slip an Alternate Approval Process (AAP) funding proposal by the Shawnigan voters who will be on the hook for a 50K per annum gift to the ‘Shawnigan Basin Society’.
There is an established clear political connection with present Director Bruce Fraser.
In most circles that would be cause for the others around the Board Table to back off with their support.
The Basin Society may have value but partnering in this discredited ‘AAP” taints their reputation as well that of their Director Bruce Fraser.
One of the most abusive practices of local governments is the ‘Alternate Approval Process’.
CVRD Money Grab
In plain english it is a money grab dressed up in legalese in an attempt to make is sound legitimate and practical.
It is a process designed to fail and is an update from the old’ Counter-Petition Process‘ that only required 5 percent approval.
Fact is that on too many occasions residents would manage to garner 5 percent plus and so the politicians doubled the requirement. Shameless!
The Alternate Approval Process (AAP) means they will extract the money if they can manage to slip it through.
The purposeful use of the word ‘Approval’ is double speak. It is a lie.
The ‘Approval’ is deemed to have been achieved if the 10 percent threshold is not achieved.
It is not a level playing field.
CVRD Director Bruce Fraser has taxed heavily in Shawnigan
The CVRD politicians have all the tools and assistance at their disposal while the voters must scramble about and gather opposition signatures to stop this attempted heist.
Although legal until challenged provincially, it is a corruption of process and like the ‘Double Billing’ SHAW Cable tried possibly could be thrown out on legal grounds.
The democratic way to go is through a referendum, but that does not always go so well for politicians ambitions.
Remember the Eco Depot referendum where the voters slammed that idiot scheme to the sidewalk? They sure do!
The spin from the politicians behind schemes of this nature is that it is cost effective where referendums are more costly.
That of course is bullshit, those who engineer such a shameless grab have no concern over expense.
AAP’s are generally distasteful but this sets a new low. If this goes through in Shawnigan other residents throughout the Cowichan Valley had better brace for the same sneaky tactics being advanced in their communities.
There will be more shoes dropping on this one. Stay tuned!
The CVRD Director’s should show respect to the taxpayer’s and withdraw this poorly structured effort.
They have the choice of putting this to a proper democratic referendum now, or in 2014 when voters go to the polls in November 2014.
Here is the wording of the hijacking effort now in play.
Eligible electors of Electoral Area B – Shawnigan Lake are advised of an alternative approval opportunity for the adoption of CVRD Bylaw No. 3737. If adopted, Bylaw No. 3737 will authorize the CVRD to establish an annual financial contribution to the Shawnigan Basin Society of up to $50,000 per year
SERVICE BEING ESTABLISHED
The service being established under the authority of this bylaw is a service for the purpose of providing an annual financial contribution to assist the Shawnigan Basin Society with costs associated with watershed management and public safety issues within the Shawnigan and upper Koksilah Basins. The service shall be known as the “Shawnigan Basin Society Annual Financial Contribution Service.
The full CVRD notice is available here.
*** Note that the Thetis Island call is to be conducted through a referendum as it should be, unlike the attempt underway in Shawnigan.***