Hear both sides

Listen to the arguments from both camps before making comments on issues

I just read the couple of letters published in today’s paper (Thursday), including Neil Horner’s column (‘Have a cry and shake it off’). I don’t usually write letters to the editor, but I am using this format to communicate to respond to letter writers who, it seems, often do not rely on fact.

A new report regarding the open public hearing held May 6 at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre could have read like this: Large turnout — over 180 residents, many against various aspects of the Clarion, a number in favour of the project for economic reasons, most armed with incorrect information and all but 30 or so left before the debate, clarification of facts and healthy debate occurred.

I respect the right of the electorate to express their ideas and perspective, however I don’t respect those who listen to only one side of a debate and consider only information passed on for political popularity, and many don’t consider the view of creating opportunities for vibrancy for the entire community and the future generations.

Last term, when the updated OCP was being created, there was a number of open houses and ideas brought forward, some of which were supported by those in attendance but never saw the light of day in the proposal presented to council, and more to the point council never had the opportunity to debate as the original “gang of three” refused to allow any debate.

Led by Mayor Teunis Westbroek, with Coun. Barry Avis and Coun. Kent Becker in tow, refused to even second any amendments for discussion nor did they participate in any discussions for the benefit of the full gallery.

Many of you were there, so can surely remember these occurrences.

This council, of which I am proud to be an elected member, whether you agree or not with any or all of their opinions, holds very good debates in the public and when necessary “in camera.”

We research, we talk, we debate and we listen, so in the end good decisions for the future health of all citizens  of our community of Qualicum Beach can be made.

So please stay as engaged as you are, it is needed, but please take the opportunity to listen and then make your judgments. Call or e-mail me anytime.

Mary Brouilette

 

Councillor, Town of Qualicum Beach