Transparency needed for all

Political transparency should apply to Alberni port authority's transportation committee too, says letter writer.

To the Editor,

Is transparency important? I think so. I think that even though they are in a thankless position, our local bureaucrats and officials get it and really try hard to live up to the highest standards.

But—and you knew there would be a but—the Regional Transportation Committee chaired by the Port Alberni Port Authority has been the exception.

This is a committee whose members have, over the last two years, had multiple high level discussions with ministers and the premier. This is a committee that has compelled the Ministry of Transport to conduct a new study and issue a new report on a new highway.

It’s also a committee that has disputed that report in the media. It’s a committee that only seems to announce its intentions when asked. It’s a committee that meets in private and releases none of its work.

This is not transparency.  Taxpayers deserve better for $100-million-dollar decisions.

This critical issue demands detailed and sober consideration and the public’s participation and engagement. Where is our Official Community Plan?  How does this fit in?

I hope this committee opens up and lets the public in on its plans for the Alberni Valley.

Chris Alemany,

Port Alberni

Just Posted

Tyee Club celebrates 80 years in Port Alberni

James Clark wins Fisherman of the Year award

John Horgan promises action after fatal mid-Island bus crash

Premier cites students, local Indigneous community as reason to repair the road

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs rally for the win with five goals in third period

Port Alberni team has won two games in a row at home

Forestry watchdog warned B.C. government about Bamfield Road in 2008

Ombudsman’s specific concerns re-surface in wake of fatal bus crash

Swedish visitors celebrate steam donkey at McLean Mill—without the steam

Volunteers celebrate 90th birthday of mill’s vintage steam donkey

PHOTOS: Young protesters in B.C. and beyond demand climate change action

Many demonstaers were kids and teens who skipped school to take part

Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

U.S.’s largest retailer points to ‘growing’ complications in federal, state and local regulations

Former B.C. lifeguard gets house arrest for possession of child porn

Cees Vanderniet of Grand Forks will serve six months of house arrest, then two years’ probation

Crown alleges resentment of ex-wife drove Oak Bay father to kill his daughters

Patrick Weir alleged in his closing arguments that Andrew Berry is responsible for the deaths of his daughters

‘I’d do it again,’ says B.C. man who swam naked, drunk in Toronto shark tank

David Weaver, of Nelson, was drunk when he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto on Oct. 12 2018

How to react to Trudeau’s racist photos? With humility, B.C. prof says

‘We are now treating racism as a crime that you cannot recover from’

Victoria man spots online photo of his totem pole 11 years after it was stolen

Mark Trueman restored the pole himself before it was stolen off of his property in Duncan

VIDEO: Fire destroys Williams Lake strip club targeted by past arson attempts

Diamonds and Dust Entertainment Lounge destroyed by fire, as well as New World Tea and Coffee House

Trudeau seeks meeting with Singh to apologize for blackface, brownface photos

‘I will be apologizing to him personally as a racialized Canadian,’ Trudeau said Friday

Most Read