LETTERS: Celebration came too early

It’s easy to see how easily this deal could end up back in court, bringing another payday for lawyers.

An even slightly more careful reading of the B.C. Supreme Court ruling on Sidney’s proposed Community Safety Building, (PNR, April 15), reveals that Town Hall’s victory celebration was, at best, premature.

While Madam Justice D. Jane Dardi will, indeed, allow the North Saanich Memorial Park Society to negotiate a long-term land lease, the judge was specifically asked not to rule on the question of whether leasing the land to Sidney for the proposed community safety building would be an allowable use.

According to the ruling, the terms of the Trust require “use by the Residents . . . for community cultural, athletic and recreational purposes.” According to the Attorney General — who, in BC, supervises trusts — a public safety building doesn’t qualify.

And the Attorney General is not alone in her opinion. Though specifically asked not to “adjudicate upon … the proposed lease with the Town of Sidney,” it seems that Justice Dardi couldn’t entirely resist:

“I wish to underscore that I have not approved the proposed lease  … I must state that I share the Attorney General’s concern as to whether the tenant’s intended use … conforms to the charitable purposes of the Trust.”

So, why is Town Hall celebrating?

Why is their attendant publicity so buoyant and robust?

It’s easy to see how easily this deal could end up back in court, bringing another payday for lawyers.

In its relentless rush toward development, Town Hall has shown itself willing and able to run over the sentiments of the town.

The Supreme Court may well prove to be more difficult.

Don Enright, North Saanich

Just Posted

Suspended B.C. legislature officers accused of ‘flagrant overspending’

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

Ousted legislature officials say report released to further blacken their reputations

James and Lenz say release was ‘Contrary to all principles of fairness and decent treatment’

Home care complaints up 45% on Vancouver Island

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

Changes coming to proposed condo project near Elk Lake

Mike Geric Construction has informed neighbourhood association of possible changes

More than 115 people attend UVic blood drive

Canadian Blood Services says UVic is a target location to create lifetime donors

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

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

Alberta youth charged over theft of $17,000 in snow equipment at B.C. ski resort

Alberta RCMP recovered $17,000 in skis/snowboards believed stolen from Fernie Alpine Resort Saturday

POLL: Should people have to license their cats?

The Victoria Natural History Society has sent letters to 13 municipalities in… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 15

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

China demands U.S. drop Huawei extradition request with Canada

Hua said China demands that the U.S. withdraw the arrest warrant against Meng Wanzhou

Pioneering Telegraph Cove whale watching company cast adrift after 38 years

Stubbs Island Whale Watching announced it is ceasing operation

Giant ice disk equipped with webcam after surviving storm

Westbrook official Tina Radel says the livestream was requested by Brown University

B.C. animators land Oscar nominations

‘Animal Behaviour’ by Vancouver’s David Fine and Alison Snowden among several Canadians on the short list

B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Clerk Craig James, security chief Gary Lenz call allegations ‘completely false’

Most Read