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General News · 31st January 2019
SRD Elaine Popove
MEDIA STATEMENT January 31, 2019

Campbell River, BC – Fourteen residents of Cortes Island filed a petition to the Supreme Court of BC on January 2, 2019, seeking an order that Noba Anderson be disqualified from holding office citing issues related to conflict of interest.

This petition was recently brought to the attention of the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) Board. At the regular meeting on January 24, 2019, the Board directed that three matters on the agenda pertaining to Electoral Area B be deferred until the implications of the legal petition filed by the Cortes Island residents is fully understood by the Board. These matters pertained to the proposed community hall service, first responder service and appointments to the Advisory Planning Commission.

Statement from the SRD Board Chair, Michele Babchuk: “The Board fully supports democratic process and recognizes the rights of citizens to challenge those processes in a court of law. The Board’s mandate is to serve all Cortes Island constituents, regardless of their position. We also recognize that this issue is divisive and unsettling but would like to remind the public that this legal action is not initiated by the Strathcona Regional District and, consequently we have no ability or jurisdiction to comment any further on the legal action. We are, however, working expeditiously to ensure we act responsibly so as not to prejudice any Board decisions, Electoral Area B initiatives or legal proceedings underway.

The Strathcona Regional District is a partnership of four electoral areas and five municipalities providing services to approximately 43,000 residents.

Media contact: Elaine Popove Communications Coordinator 250-830-6724 or email
Hostage
Comment by Amanda and Barry Glickman on 11th February 2019
What concern me here is that this IS undermining the democratic process. The entire island is being held hostage by a small group of people who didn't like the outcome. Furthermore, they have falsely accused a group of us of corruption. In my case in particular, it doesn't take much to realize that we have nothing to do with anything that our Regional District does.
This island is driven by volunteers. The 14 don't seem to realize that they're inadvertently opting for external governance by this action by accusing several key community volunteers. Perhaps Cortes isn't mature enough to make its own decisions?
the punchline?
Comment by De Clarke on 1st February 2019
I do kinda wonder about that last sentence. How is it relevant? Is it meant to remind us that we, Area B, Cortes Island, are very very small and insignificant? Somehow I'm not having much trouble remembering that, lately... :-)
Three Electoral B Matters Deferred ??
Comment by Bill Dougan on 1st February 2019
Since the RD is communicating with Cortes Residence why don t you explain to me WHY ? and HOW? it was decided that only those 3 issues were deferred?