LETTERS: White Rock deserves better


Mayor Wayne Baldwin once again insults the entire community by stating that citizens’ concerns are politically motivated.


In a two-page article in the Sunday edition of the Vancouver Province regarding the City of White Rock’s water system, Mayor Wayne Baldwin once again insults the entire community by stating that citizens’ concerns are politically motivated.

The article includes numerous observations from scientists and experts in municipal water management. While giving qualified statements, not one expert gave the system a glowing endorsement.

Following the major fire last spring that drained the wells supplying our arsenic-laced water, Fraser Health issued a boil-water advisory (Fire drains White Rock reservoirs, May 18). Baldwin showed great leadership in suggesting the community should ignore the advisory and continue drinking the water (‘Extraordinary’ blaze tapped system, May 20). That’s responsible leadership?

Baldwin and his team have committed the taxpayers of White Rock to a multi-million-dollar purchase of water system from the private operator, but refuse to tell those who will have to pay the bill what we are on the hook for. They say we will be told after the next election (Water deal muzzles city for 3 years, Nov. 17, 2015). That is as fishy as the taste of our water.

This writer hopes the citizenry will remember this, as well as the garbage fiasco, the Marine Drive hillside “clearing” stunt, the failure to follow the existing Official Community Plan in pushing through approval of monster towers, asking for public input when they have no intention of listening… I am sure the list will be longer by then.

This is not political, it is simply a request for open honest communication and responsible leadership from our elected officials, safe drinking water and the end of condescending remarks.

Bill Vigars, White Rock



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