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Time For A Shakeup At The CVRD

Richard 'Hub' HughesLongtime CVRD Director Loren Duncan served Glenora-Sahtlam-Cowichan Station for a hundred years, more or less. He offered his take on the trials and tribulations of Cowichan Bay’s CVRD Director Lori Iannidinardo.

He sees her as a possible NDP MLA when and if Bill Routley steps down as our provincial representative in the pointy buildings.

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CVRD Director Lori Iannidinardo

CVRD Director Lori Iannidinardo

Curious speculation Loren, but although Lori Iannidinardo has developed into one of the regions most responsible and responsive elected representatives my take is that they she has no ambitions other than to serve right here at the local level.

A great many residents, and certainly those of us who have occupied seats at the regional board table recognize that so far she is one of the few, if not the only one who is putting purpose and principal before comfort and convenience.

GM of CVRD Planning Ross Blackwell met with Steelhead LNG

GM of CVRD Planning Ross Blackwell

The interference of the CAO Carruthers and Planning GM Blackwell is most unwelcomed. Their misinformation campaign regarding the Directors freedom and need to speak out up on contoversial issues like the Steelhead LNG play at Bamberton cannot survive the test of credibility that they soon must face.

How long will it continue?

Who are these guys and where did they come from?

Both have curious histories and it appears that their pasts might soon eclipse the impact that they can both see slipping away.

Tales from Williams Lake where Carruthers was CAO have been hitting my inbox as have stories of his bungling during his time heading up the Kootenay Regional District.

CAO Brian Carruthers

CAO Brian Carruthers

Blackwell’s time in Campbell River left a bad taste in the mouths of those who had to endure him for awhile.

Certainly word from previous co-workers and elected types express a relief that accompanied his departure. His need to control has been welcomed by a few of the rookies on the board, but they have become bold and sloppy.

Jon Lefebure-elected to be CVRD Chair

Jon Lefebure-elected to be CVRD Chair

Perhaps iPhones should be checked at the door like pistols at rowdy bar in an old cowboy movie.

Director Matteus Clement, those repeated calls and messages when meetings are underway are testing the patience of many. Thinly veiled coaching strikes a new low.

Cobble Hill CVRD Director Matteus Clement

Cobble Hill CVRD Director Matteus Clement

Chair Jon Lefebure is another impediment. His gosh golly demeanour fails to mask his overbearing need to control and distort the proper role of a chair.

We have almost three years to go with this crew. Something has to give and the sooner the better.

Taxpaying citizens of the Cowichan Valley deserve better than this.


8 comments to Time For A Shakeup At The CVRD

  • Elvis stotko

    They are dingbats, no different than most government dingbats, we just have an electorate with a collectively higher iq that easily identified these weirdos as such.

    • Do not forget that the vast majority of CVRD staff are dedicated, competent people. The fact that we have been plaqued by poor management and leadership over the past five or six years does not change that.

  • Carl Perkins

    The Shawnigan victory award goes to the Director and the people who called the alarm. The CVRD had no choice but to sue- it was their mistake in the first place for allowing the proponent to proceed.
    That CVRD press release sure was distributed quickly- finally, they are perceived to have done something right, even though it was their duty to do so, anything less would have been breach of duty.

    The bottle of bubbly should be served to the people who volunteered their time to this cause, as for staff, feel good knowing you did your job this time.

  • Holly Danisteau

    Im wondering why staff decided to stop this fellows sawmill but gives LNG room to breathe. Will the CVRD hire a lawyer to look into the Committee’s decision and then ask the Directors to reconsider? There seems to be a double standard here!!

    A Shawnigan Lake sawyer’s milling business was cut short by the CVRD’s electoral area services committee on March 16 after directors turned down his request to amend the Area B zoning to legalize his operations at the present location.

    Property owner Patrick Stack has been running a sawmill business for about 25 years, initially on a dairy farm. For the last six years, he has operated on a Shawnigan Lake Road property zoned Suburban Residential (R-2). He said he provides a valuable service, close to the source of “urban timber” or trees removed by developers for new subdivisions. The wood would be “trashed” unless he was able to process it, Stack said, adding he uses a short haul logging truck to take away small dimension logs. He argued that there is nothing suitably zoned in the Shawnigan Lake area.

    Small portable sawmills have their place in rural areas outside industrial zones, but there is great potential for conflict with neighbours due to noise, dust, traffic and aesthetics, said the report. “The land is a little small for this and there is some buffering, but not quite enough to protect the neighbours,” said Rob Conway, manager of development services. The portable saw mill is located in an open air post and beam structure.

    Staff provided three options in the report: rezoning, holding a public meeting, or denial. “We have concerns,” said Conway. “Zoning changes could cause future problems and we wouldn’t be able to act on complaints.” He warned that there was an active subdivision application for a property across the road.

    Dir. Sonia Furstenau said the application should be denied and, in the end, the committee voted to protect those who settle onto a country acreage to enjoy the quiet rural life. The recommendation will go to the CVRD board for final approval.

    Stack said he would consider legal action.

    • Brett ferguson

      A bit different here as there was in fact an application before the Committee for staff and Directors to critique, so technically cant be compared to the LNG staff BS.

      But what I can say is there is a perception out there in the public that credibility has been lost. One does wonder if this sawmill owner would have been given the same attention that LNG has been given.

  • Gordon Langford

    This was taken from the Harvard School of Business:

    “Leaders tend to feel separate from their environment. They may work in organizations, but they never belong to them.”

    Sound familiar? Lets be clear here, there is a difference between the drones that work in government management and true leadership. A drone will say, how do we become more risk adverse and a leader will take the risk.

    Applying these thoughts to the current LNG/CVRD situation-we see
    Director Iannidinardo taking the risk and she is being applauded for it. What baffles me, however is the actions by senior staff to quell the stand that the Board has taken. It may be that they were thinking to manage risk against the power of LNG but this doesnt make sense because the backlash they are facing has put them in a bit of a corner, where no government drone wants to be. There has been no credible explanation of their actions which does make sense, as a risk adverse drone thinks avoidance. Its here where they have failed the electorate and exposed their discomfort with the entire situation by not becoming transparent.

    A leader will use the system to his/her advantage autonomous from the system but driving policy beyond the boundaries of the ever so mundane government system.

  • jack Matheson

    There comes a time when a man has to decide if he needs to step down or continue to ride the reputation of the CVRD into the ground or wait until he is asked to step down.

    The issues in our Region are important to the electorate and require staff and Directors to mirror the same passion that is so evident in our electorate.

    A public servant must be able to approach these issues in a sophisticated manner while respecting true leadership when he sees it rather than attempting to exploit uninformed Directors. I use the word uninformed as a euphemism here.

    Director Iannidinardo stands out as one of those true leaders. It would be my hope that senior staff could learn from her, follow her instead of oppose her. There is nothing to fear!

    Ill leave you with this quote:

    If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.

    Thomas Aquinas

    • Water Wise

      Good post,

      Ive posted about the CVRD walking away from the water quality monitoring program the MOE invited us to participate in. These programs are scientific in nature not political and senior staff need to reconsider their stand to not participate.

      Yes , there are considerable politics around the site but ignoring an invitation to participate in a water quality study is folly. Ive seen local governments embroiled in political matters but this didnt preclude them from participating in scientific studies that were a result of political upheaval.

      participating with the monitoring program does not implicate us as accepting the landfill in the first place. Thats ridiculous.

      The CVRD senior managers need to advise the Directors, creat a report that presents the benefuts of CVRD participation.

      Are we in the dark ages hereÉ!!!!

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