LETTER: Hold our local councils to account

In the North Shore News today:

Dear Editor:

I encourage everyone everywhere to pay attention to what is happening at their municipal council meetings. They affect our daily lives so directly.

My understanding of all that underlies decisions of our local councils should be that whilst they move their communities forward, they should always work to maintain the quality of life of the people who elected them. In this North Vancouver councils have abysmally failed!

I have lived on the North Shore for many years and I am increasingly feeling like a prisoner in my own home, unable to venture out after two o’clock. As the traffic congestion becomes intolerable the councils continue to approve every application for development with minimal upgrade to infrastructure. Hundreds more units have been approved for this year.

At a District of North Vancouver council meeting recently a councillor suggested that if residents think this is congestion, we should visit Vietnam. Three councillors pleaded for a three-month development approval pause but were voted down by four who suggested we should be concerned about where our grandchildren will live. I conclude that they are quite unconcerned about the lives of their current constituents.

We must pay close attention to what transpires at our local councils and we must vote accordingly next time.

Lesley Brooks
North Vancouver

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One response to “LETTER: Hold our local councils to account

  1. Florence L. Nicholson

    I think the main problem with getting people to become more aware with local ‘politics’ lies with the fact that our current council makes it very difficult to question their decisions. One example is the “Alternative Approval Process” currently used in the Moodyville Park land swap. Here’s a copy of a letter I wrote to the Editor of Yhe North Shore News.:-

    Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 1:09 PM Subject: Alternative Approval Process a Farce! To: editor

    Editor, NSNews The alternative approval process is difficult to access for the average person and discourages most from participating. It is presented in such fine print in the Public notice that it is a challenge to read. Rarely does the average person read through a notice thoroughly, especially when presented in such fine print. I phoned City Hall to get a form to oppose the approval of Bylaw 8533 and 8535 and received a convoluted document that required an expert to finally find the actual form required to oppose. That’s how council gets things passed ~ they make it too difficult to complain, therefore development issues like this one, become a shoo-in to be passed.. You can’t even email the form back but have to hand deliver or mail it to City Hall! By using the Alternative approval process Council is almost guaranteed it will be too much trouble for many people to bother responding. Unless we are paying close attention to what the politicians are doing, they get away with whatever they wish to push past us! Florence L. Nicholson

    On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 8:52 AM, North Van City Voices wrote:

    > northvancityvoices posted: “In the North Shore News today: Dear Editor: I > encourage everyone everywhere to pay attention to what is happening at > their municipal council meetings. They affect our daily lives so directly. > My understanding of all that underlies decisions of ou” >

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