Cut city wages, not greenspace

City greenspace should be spared and city wages cut instead, one reader says.

To the Editor,

Our city parks and recreation director seems to have an edifice complex, and little respect for parks, trees, and green spaces. He chose the horrendous site for the unnecessary new high school which destroyed playing fields and part of the Echo woods, and the latest city “triumph” is the annihilation of the green space and trees of Stirling Field, an area of sports and recreation for decades.

It’s now going to be the home of a Ford dealership which will gobble up most of the paved parking lot and the trees, leave just 28 spots for parking, and destroy the ambience of the dike area around the bridge.

Of course in all these disasters,  senior city staff and successive city councils stubbornly resist  listening to and acting upon public opinion and wishes.

We all knew the present high school with its fine auditorium and gymnasium could be saved, but we were ignored in favour of building a very ugly new high school off Roger Street which is cramped into an area that’s too small, features a swamp, and looks hopelessly cluttered.

At the public hearing for relocating the Ford dealership, there was significant opposition voiced which was totally ignored (except by Wendy Kerr), and 60 minutes later, council  approved the rezoning. This is democracy in action?

In sum, whether the issue is rezoning or the call for input on the city budget, everything is decided well in advance and the public’s views and suggestions are ignored by city staff and by arrogant, dictatorial city councils past and present.

I have put forward a suggestion that the wages and salaries of all city staff and unionized employees be cut 10 per cent. If Catalyst survives, it would be given a further tax reduction of $1 million. But that idea is also unlikely to succeed.

Richard Berg,

Port Alberni

Just Posted

Home care complaints up 45% on Vancouver Island

Number of home care hours delivered down 6%, complaints up 45 %

Alberni group focuses on stigmatization as biggest barrier to opioid crisis

Community session planned to raise dialogue on opioid crisis response

Cherry Creek firefighters mourn former deputy chief

Brian Brick is the second Alberni Valley firefighter to die of work-related cancer in January

Port Alberni to consider the future of McLean Mill

City council will be holding a committee of the whole meeting on Jan. 21

VIDEO: Here’s what the B.C. legislature officers are accused of buying

Personal trips, purchases, alcohol and more laid out in 76-page report by Plecas

Why would the B.C. legislature need a firewood splitter?

First sign of police involvement in investigation of top managers

New Canada Food Guide nixes portion sizes, promotes plant-based proteins

Guide no longer lists milk and dairy products as a distinct food group

Judge annuls hairdresser’s forced marriage to boss’ relative

Woman was told she’d be fired if she didn’t marry boss’s Indian relative so he could immigrate here

Liberals look to make home-buying more affordable for millennials: Morneau

Housing is expected to be a prominent campaign issue ahead of October’s federal election

Cannabis-carrying border crossers could be hit with fines under coming system

Penalties are slated to be in place some time next year

Man accused of threatening to kill ‘as many girls as I see’

Christopher W. Cleary wrote he was angry because he’d never had a girlfriend and wanted to ‘make it right’ with a mass shooting

Canadian talent abound on newly revamped Vancouver Whitecaps squad

Lineup is full of new faces after the organization parted ways with 18 players over the off-season

Most Read