There were fifteen of us,* observing. The fact we were directly behind our Regional Director Noba Anderson added another dimension to someone’s promise that we were watching her back. Yet this Strathcona Regional District Board Meeting seemed less strained than the one a month ago.The highlight for Cortes listeners was the decision that SRD will respond to 32 emails from Cortes Island.
Regional Director Claire Moglove of Campbell River made the motion, “This is a very unique situation, I think. I was on this board for six years prior to 2014, and this is the first time I have seen a situation like this. It is a small community and, when you read the correspondence, it is tearing this community apart.”
Several of the other Director voiced their support. John MacDonald of Sayward stressed the need to give these answers soon as possible. Charlie Cornfield of Campbell River added, “I’d like to see the responses too,” and made a second motion which also passed. A communique responding to the substantive issues be sent out into the larger community.
“The SRD showed a little bit of movement towards us and that was definitely an improvement. They are going to answer our letters someday. They didn’t put a time frame on it, but they did move that way,” says Howie Roman, Cortes Radio’s station manager.
“I would certainly, personally, want to thank Director Claire Moglove. … She is the Director from Campbell River and she is the one who specifically put the motion forward to respond to Cortes Island and answer all of the questions they are able to answer and I am going to send her a thank-you,” adds Cec Robinson.
(This is the beginning of the podcast on CKTZ news) https://cortesradio.ca/srd-will-respond-to-32-cortes-emails/
* Re 15 or 18 - I only know there were 15 at the beginning of the meeting, not whether more people came in later..