Worth asking amalgamation question on the Peninsula

Kudos to Sidney and Central Saanich councils for including a referendum on amalgamation of the Peninsula’s municipalities

Kudos to Sidney and Central Saanich councils for including a referendum on amalgamation of the Peninsula’s municipalities in this year’s election.

At the same time, it’s disappointing to hear the Mayor of Sidney is opposed to amalgamation because he believes it will increase municipal taxes. How he arrives at that conclusion is difficult to grasp.

We currently have three Mayors, three CEO’s , three Directors of Planning, three Chief Engineers, three Municipal Clerks, etc. not to mention three municipal council chambers.

Leaving the financial cost/benefit analysis aside, the significant benefit from amalgamation is a larger planning area that allows for better land use planning and prevents urban sprawl.

It stops the competition amongst municipalities for industrial and commercial development and assists in protecting valuable farm lands.

Let’s hope the referendum will stimulate a vigorous debate between now and the election .

Carl Eriksen

Central Saanich

 

Just Posted

Witnesses sought for alleged drunk driver crash in Sidney

Crash happened June 16 on East Saanich Rd. and Canora Dr.

Fake crash warns students about real consequences

Saanich Peninsula emergency crews warn against distracted driving

Sidney house fire caused by unattended appliance

Saanich Peninsula fire crews were called to a kitchen fire in Sidney… Continue reading

Feasting geese concern farmers

For farmers on the Saanich Peninsula, cereal crops like corn are starting… Continue reading

Average Saanich lifestyle uses twice the available resources on Earth

One Planet Saanich a leading model for living sustainably

New stage highlight of Brentwood Bay Festival

Peninsula Country Market vendors and music accompany start of summer celebration

Heat records broken across B.C. as weather warning lifts

Thirteen records broken across B.C. on Tuesday

Alt-ed program brings mindfulness to the classroom

B.C. school leading the way in anxiety reduction strategies

Streaking fan levelled by BC Lions player hires lawyer

Toronto-based firm says the fan suffered injuries including a ‘mild traumatic brain injury’

Person involved in B.C. crash must wait longer to get their blood back

Judge extends blood seizure order as police conduct Surrey impaired driving investigation

Province expected to extend fish farm licenses another 4 years

An announcement on future of 20 fish farms off B.C. coast coming Wednesday afternoon

Humboldt survivors to attend NHL Awards

Players say it’s a blessing to be back together again

Justice minister: marijuana still illegal for now

Driving under the influence of drugs has always been — and will remain — against the law

Crown recommends 150 years for Quebec mosque shooter

Crown lawyers say Alexandre Bissonnette deserves to receive the longest sentence in Canadian history

Most Read