Improve your arguments

There are many reasons why people fear the proposed coal mine

As the B.C. Conservative Candidate for the Alberni-Pacific Rim riding, I am writing regarding the precipitous 5,000-name petition against the Raven coal mine.

Many years ago, when I worked at the Alberta WCB, a new director of claims was hired.

At that time, there was great antagonism towards anything and anyone from eastern Canada, so, instead of considering his credentials, the knee-jerk sneer was: “He’s from Ontario!” And so the defamation began.

The stories about what he supposedly said or did became so wild and the underlying attitude towards him so vicious, I eventually booked an appointment and asked him myself if they were true.

He was shocked. Long story short: the instigator, an “anti-easterner” department manager, was discovered to be the source of the rumours.

Unfortunately, some still refused to accept the “hated easterner.”

The moral of this story is this: there are many different reasons why people fear the mine. For some, it’s simply concern there may be heavy trucks on the road 24/7. Others are dismayed by tales they’ve been told. However, until the reports have been filed, reviewed and debated, no one yet knows the whole situation.

We are certainly entitled to our individual thoughts, candid opinions and to provide solid evidence, for or against, but not to engage in manipulative scare-mongering.

Please let us all try and test the investigation results, then respect other people’s concerns and consider their suggestions, before we put the Raven coal mine and its supporters in a headlock.

As Desmond Tutu advised: “Don’t raise your voice: improve your argument.”

EnidMary Sangster-Kelly

Errington

 

 

 

Just Posted

Suspect arrested following gunpoint robbery in Qualicum Beach

Stop and Shop Grocery was robbed June 5; man now in custody

Parksville Qualicum Beach region moves to elevated Stage 3 watering restrictions

City, regional district ask residents to conserve water

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

Monkey spotted on late-night jaunt in Campbell River

Conservation officers also apparently looking for cougar in the area

B.C. woman fighting to block coroner’s report detailing husband’s death

Fears revealing exactly how Ben Kilmer took his life will have traumatic effect on her two children

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Three Albertans land ‘monster’ sturgeon in B.C.’s Fraser River

For angler who landed the exceptionally large sturgeon it was an ‘incredible dream come true’

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

VIDEO: Pickup truck smashes into Vancouver Island home

No injuries reported in Friday morning incident

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

Most Read