One more vote on Langford towers
Re: “Langford OKs towers up to 24 floors”, 23 November.
The statement that Langford has approved two high-rise tower projects is incorrect as there is still a vote to be taken for the final adoption of each of the proposals.
Residents will continue to hope that the remaining advisers will join their two colleagues in recognizing that these two developments are too high and too dense for our community and will put a strain on infrastructure and services such as firefighters, police, l ambulance and health care.
A final vote against will also recognize, as Councilors Denise Blackwell and Lillian Szpak expressed, that residents have not been meaningfully allowed to help create Langford’s future vision through open houses or surveys since the formation of the official community plan in 2008.
Thirteen years is too long without the opportunity to consult with our elected leaders and express our perspective on where density should occur and what it should look like, as well as meet the other needs of the community. city such as playgrounds, natural green spaces, cycle paths and sidewalks.
The people called upon to support these proposals, with very rare exceptions, were real estate agents, developers, investors, builders, insurance brokers and non-residents of the Island and the mainland. The people who asked the council to finally listen were the neighbors of these two projects, who will be directly and significantly affected by these developments, as well as other residents who observe the detrimental effects of Langford’s rapid and continuing development every day.
Random acts of kindness in the aftermath of the floods
A friend of mine had lost his belongings during the recent floods. Water flowed back into the sewage tank and flooded her basement apartment.
We took him to Mark’s in Sidney to buy him a change of clothes. When I explained their situation to their management, they immediately offered us a substantial discount along with details of the appropriate government support programs.
As they were explaining these programs, a stranger said he heard my friend’s situation, handed us a $ 150 coupon, and quietly walked away.
What can I say other than thank you to both parties. There is still a lot of living goodness in the world.
Finding a real solution to mental health problems
Re: “Courtroom Sentencing Turns Violent”, November 23.
This is yet another example of our failure to address mental health in our society.
The tragedy of what happened to one of our officers is not only unacceptable, it shows a failure of our governments to protect the people who are supposed to protect us. Not to mention the protection of the mentally ill.
Sending a mentally ill person to prison is not the solution and everyone knows it. So why do we keep doing it?
Maybe we should be looking for a real solution instead of a bad one. Is anyone in the government listening?
A simple Google search would save the statement
Re: “No more doctors, no action equals no doctor,” commentary, 20 November.
A reader’s response to my comment cast doubt on the only study I referred to that showed increased death rates linked to no family doctor.
The word limit for editorials prevented me from mentioning dozens of such studies confirming increased death rates related to lack of primary care / continuity of care. Most can be found with a simple Google search.
The reader’s solution to increasing family physician salaries by 10 percent is simplistic but a useful starting point.
Dr Adrian Fine
Police must take immediate action
Re: “Saanich Police Review Criminal Charges After Protesters Block Pat Bay Freeway,” Nov 23.
Although police said the protest was dangerous and illegal, no arrests were made. Charges may be recommended to the Crown Prosecutor after a criminal investigation has taken place.
The police stood there and watched the anarchists shut the freeway for many hours, doing nothing. This dangerous and illegal demonstration more than disturbed people – many people could not get to the Saanich Peninsula hospital on time, or make their ferry or airport connections.
How about the police stopping all protesters at the scene, clearing the highway and immediately reopening this vital transport link? It’s time to show these anarchist thugs that their actions will not be tolerated.
Stopping these vehicles is climate hypocrisy
So, in their infinite hypocritical wisdom, the protesters thought a Sunday night blockade of the Pat Bay Highway would be the right thing to do.
If you are protesting fossil fuels, how does stopping and idling hundreds of cars make sense? Hypocrisy is how.
Why were they allowed to continue this masquerade? I bet if I had been there with a fossil fuel protest sign I would have been dragged into the back of a cruiser within minutes.
Why wait to indict them criminally? Load them into rice wagons and take them out immediately.
What about the safety risk for drivers who had to take a ferry to the mainland for medical appointments on Monday morning? Flights from YYJ that night?
With the closure of West Saanich Road, this has even made the situation worse. It becomes boring that these “professional” protesters continue to get away with these antics without any consequences.
Sannich Police, don’t watch the charges, do it! Preferably on the highway before something bad happens.
The message gets lost in chaos
I just want these road closure protests to stop.
I have no problem with peaceful and respectful protests, we are a democracy. But when they interfere with people’s daily lives and commuting time, it must be stopped.
Where are the police? Why are these protesters allowed to disrupt traffic?
All that happens is the message is lost.
Name the restaurants without vax incriminated
Re: “We have to show evidence, but we cannot ask for theirs,” letter of November 20.
If the author of the letter had identified the restaurant as “well respected”, we would find that it is no longer as “well respected”. I think many of us would like to see such named places.
In the meantime, you don’t have to tell me if your employees are vaccinated. When you decline, I just assume you aren’t – and I’ll conduct my business accordingly.
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