Longtime 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.