Time To Put The Past Behind Us And Move On
Friday, February 01, 2013
With the process now underway to sell off the property that was bought in anticipation of building the now-defunct Eco Depot in the South End, we hope civility can reign.
The fight over the Eco Depot got ugly.
Very, very ugly. Lines were drawn between the Cowichan Valley Regional District and a group of residents passionately against the plan.
There were angry words and letters and even vandalism.
A lawsuit added to the swirling miasma of mistrust and adversarial relationships. A slate of anti-Eco Depot candidates ran in the last municipal elections.
We don’t want to get into finger pointing, or mired in details about who did what, when, where and who was right or wrong.
Clearly, however, communication and cooperation between the CVRD and the public broke down.
For some, there is still a residual bitterness.
Our hope is that these folks, who are obviously involved and interested in the future of their community, don’t allow that to colour their participation in what comes next.
If nothing else, the Eco Depot fight showed how deeply people care about the neighbourhood and community.
In a time when all too often apathy rules the day, folks were willing to take action.
That’s a very positive thing, one that can be a huge boon to the area as it moves into the future.
With this latest step, the CVRD is attempting to, in good faith, rectify what many opponents found to be the largest issue in the Eco Depot mess: a lack of public consultation and transparency.
Right from the get-go the CVRD is asking the public what it wants in terms of disposal of the property in question. The first meeting on the subject is set for Feb. 4 (for more details see our Wednesday, Jan. 30 edition).
We are intrigued to hear what the CVRD’s suggestions are, and we hope everyone else is too.
We’re also interested to hear if there are other suggestions from the public.
It’s time to put the animosity to rest and move forward as a community.
As with anything, we know there will be differing opinions on what option should be taken. Universal agreement is well nigh impossible on any project.
But we do hope that discussions can, this time, avoid the precipitous descent into bad feeling and anger.
This subject has marred the collective community long enough.
Now is the time to ensure that something good can come out of it.
So let’s leave the past where it belongs and turn our eyes towards the future, ready to work together.
© Cowichan Valley Citizen 2013
Opinions are great and everybody has them but this Cowichan Citizen editorial shows a lack of ‘getting it’ that is shocking for a newspaper purporting to reflect activities and affairs of the community. It reads more like a revisionist PR release for the CVRD.
Your editorial stated that “We don’t want to get into finger pointing, or mired in details about who did what, when, where and who was right or wrong.”
Oh really. Isn’t that what reporters and editors do, or should do?
Why the biased attack the against community residents that dared to stand up against a corrupted process and illegal actions of the CVRD over their badly botched effort to build a Garbage Transfer and Recycling Drop Off on farmland in South Cowichan’s rural Cameron Taggart community?
Their efforts should be applauded not ridiculed.
How do you think your editorial opinion would stand up in a real two way debate and discussion?
It is editorials like this that clearly demonstrate that ‘Editorials’ should be signed off as to the writer or writers and not left for us to wonder whose opinions we are reading. Letters to the editor must be signed, so should editorials. Even when they are revisionist and ugly!