I'd like to thank Dorothy Baert for her post on the blog.I don't agree with some of her points but at least she's taking part in the discussion.This is more than I can say for most of the voters in Tofino.Only two or three letters and one delegation were put before council objecting to the District of Tofino getting involved with the Weeping Cedar Woman.
In order for democracy to work we have to inform council by email or letter stating our position or concerns on any given issue.Please take the time to email mayor and council more often.The supporters of the Weeper are very vocal and very good at getting their message across to council.Critics of the Weeper must do the same.
Many voters have given up on this council after they fired Sally Mole at great expense to the taxpayer.The Town Hall was full of people objecting to this action but council refused to listen to the people.They were under the spell of the snake charmer.We now have a new mayor and a new CAO who are both willing to listen.Let your voice be heard. Posting on this blog is a great way to vent but it doesn't always get the message across to council.
Many people say that they are scared to discuss issues because their businesses will be boycotted or they won't get a rezoning or subdivision through.These are valid concerns.When the campaign against pay parking was going on I had routine visits from the bylaw officers. My signs were measured and remeasured and threats were made that I might not have my business licence renewed.We have to move beyond this and get to a point where we as citizens can take part in democracy.In the meantime the Firehall still needs painting and the railing around the deck on the apartment above it still needs replacing.
Guest editorials are always welcome.