Flag story prompts rush to judgement

In reference to Barrie Burden’s story about hanging his flag on Canada Day, I would just like to say that it is disturbing how many people will make judgment based on one side of a story.

There are always two sides to a story. I can see that the media is always looking for a story and is only too happy to make this story into something more than it is, but I am surprised that the mayor would publicly take a side when he only knows Mr. Burden’s side of the story.

The issue is not about “the flag.” It is about where it is being hung. You can hang a flag in your backyard without it hanging over anyone’s fence. As anyone knows that lives in a strata that there are rules. When you buy into a strata you are advised about these rules. The rules are there for a reason. If you want to make changes to the rules there are proper procedures to do so. If this was about hanging a flag for everyone to see for Mr. Burden, he should have attended the annual strata meeting and applied to change the rule. This way everyone in the strata has a say in these changes.

As for the flags that were hung for Canada Day in the said strata, neighbours were hanging their Canada flags because it was Canada Day, not in support of Mr. Burden as Mr. Burden stated in his interview. Strata has no issues if people wish to hang a flag for Canada Day. It may be up for a reasonable amount of time for the celebration, just as with Christmas lights at Christmas.

People should never make judgment on one side of a story.

Caroline Tardiff

Qualicum Beach

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