LETTERS: Time to listen, time to lead

Setting aside the question of why mayor will not back down, where do the other people we elected stand on the regional growth strategy?

Editor:

Setting aside the question of why White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin will not back down on his preposterous position on the regional growth strategy (A city in turmoil, Sept. 16), where exactly do the other people we elected stand on this?

Couns. Helen Fathers and Dave Chesney are visible at open houses, and take the time to listen. However, it seems that some on this council need to be reminded – again – that they are employed by every taxpayer in White Rock, and that just maybe their employer would like to see some actual engagement in the important issues.

We elected six councillors and a mayor last year; seriously, is it too much to ask that the majority of them show up at developers meetings so that the people who elected them can solicit feedback on the votes they intend to make on our behalf? (Editor’s note: Coun. Grant Meyer responded last week to a Sept. 9 PAN editorial challenging council members’ absences at public-information meetings, saying the city lawyer and planner have advised them not to attend. He did not explain why.)

We placed a trust in this mayor and council, and we expect them to carry out the promises that they made during the election – and controlled, well-thought-out development was one of those promises.

If there are councillors that disagree with Baldwin’s assertions on growth (Legally obligated to grow, Aug. 28 letters) they need to stand and be counted, not remain silent and hope for the storm to pass.

We are now stuck in a vicious cycle where the more vocal the public becomes over the lack of transparency at city hall, the harder the mayor and majority of council try to make the workings of council more opaque – excessive in-camera meetings is a prime example.

It is vital for practical reasons, even if not for moral ones, that politicians operate to a higher standard of conduct than those they purport to lead. Time for this mayor and council to listen and vote based on the wishes of the citizens, not the developers.

Steven Hughes, White Rock

 

 

Just Posted

Job market to remain tight in coming years: report

Conference Board of Canada predicts region’s unemployment rate to remain below five per cent

RCMP arrest Surrey man following threatening Vaisakhi Facebook post

Post made reference to pressure cooker bomb at parade

South Surrey rower continues path towards Olympics

Kieanna Stephens originally identified as potential Olympian through RBC Training Ground program

Trial delayed for former Cloverdale pastor and wife charged with sex assault

Trial for Samuel and Madelaine Emerson will be continued in September

Rezoning of South Surrey feed lot to be discussed

MP Gordie Hogg to chair town hall meeting this Sunday

VIDEO: Gray whale spotted near White Rock Pier

Photos and video show animal diving in Semiahmoo Bay

Handcrafted paper gowns on display in Vancouver

Langara students designs inspired by esigners such as Versace, Dior and Gucci

University mourns student who died in B.C. canoeing accident

Andrew Milner, 19, was in his second year with the University of Calgary’s basketball program

B.C. woman pleads for people to stop stealing daffodils meant to honour cancer victims

Cynthia Bentley honours memory of those lost to cancer by planting 100 daffodils each year

Canfor temporarily shutting down lumber mills across B.C.

Low lumber prices and the high cost of fibre are the cause of curtailment, according to the company

Four units damaged in Abbotsford apartment fire

Quick action from fire rescue service halted blaze from spreading beyond two damaged units

5 to start your day

Many in hospital after Aldergrove deck collapse, video showing pig abuse allegedly at Abbotsford farm and more

Two in critical condition, several still in hospital after Langley deck collapse

Close relative Satwant Garcha makes daily trips to visit those injured at the wedding

Most Read

l -->