LETTERS: Criticism silenced

Editor:

Re: Environmentalist quits city committee, July 17.

Editor:

Re: Environmentalist quits city committee, July 17.

It was with disbelief, mingled with both sadness and fear, that I read your article on the departure of Bob Campbell from Surrey’s Environmental, Sustainable, Advisory Committee.

I have known Campbell for some time now and have developed a profound respect for his dedication to the well being of Surrey’s lands and people. When I hear of the disrespect shown this mannerly and knowledgable individual, it leaves me wondering what on earth the committee found fault with.

Could it be that he spoke the truth?

Governments are seldom happy to hear these uncomfortable details, interfering as they do with preconceived agendas.

Stories such as this shake my belief in the “committee,” itself. That is, the process whereby the citizen gets to sit with council and offer valuable input from the standpoint of the people who live here.

Indeed, it appears more and more, to be an empty exercise, and a sham.

When one has given countless hours of his life, in good faith, to this process, only to discover that his very presence there is only for appearances, democracy itself has been mocked.

Campbell’s absence will be a great loss to the people of Surrey that he fought for. The same holds true for the other very worthy citizens who preceded him and also felt forced to leave as they were not being heard.

Sybil Rowe, Surrey

• • •

I’ve know Bob Campbell since the early-’80s, and he has always been one of those people who, when they don’t think something is right, they get involved usually in a big way.

To me, he has always stood for what is right and not politically expedient. He knows his stuff and I would say almost everything he has said or speculated has been true.

With that in mind, why does one of our politicians, Coun. Bruce Hayne, give Bob such a bad time? Why is Hayne trying to muzzle information Bob is seeking or giving out at these meetings?

Of course, Bob is very concerned about the environment and the impact of our city’s decisions on the tremendous amount of building or development going on and trees disappearing so fast and furious. Everything we decide to do with development also has impact on the overall picture, even as far as global warming. We need as many trees we can hang on to for the air we breathe, among other things.

Does Hayne have friends who are developers? Why has he chosen this path to mock Bob about his caring?

From both sides of this we need to figure out where it is coming from and is there any financial or other gains to be made beyond the contributions and time made by Bob over these issues.

Keep up the fight.

Brian Lauder, Surrey

 

 

Just Posted

Cloverdale Rodeo finals hand out $330K to champion riders

Bareback rider Caleb Bennet tied the arena’s record with a 93.5-point ride Monday

‘It’s a game changer’: 15-year-old wins professional skateboarding contest on two skateboards

‘No one has ever seen it before’ said producer of Cloverdale contest

Winners to come to Semiahmoo Shopping Centre

Former Zellers to also include a gym and daycare

Peace Arch Hospital, Sources requesting volunteers

Program to help seniors get home safely after hospital stay

Delta looking to add over 30 dedicated pickleball courts by 2022

The program would see eight outdoor pickleball courts built in North Delta before the end of 2019

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Growing wildfire prompts evacuation of High Level, Alta.

Chuckegg Creek fire has been burning for several day, but grew substantially Sunday

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to B.C.

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone charity weekend in Kelowna

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

UPDATE: Highway 1 reopened after multi-vehicle crash east of Chilliwack

Westbound lanes near Herrling Island were closed for hours amid busy holiday weekend traffic

Police watchdog investigating motorcycle crash in Kamloops

A Kamloops Mountie had stopped the driver for speeding, but they raced off from the 0fficer

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

Most Read

l -->