General News · 21st June 2013
The issue before us is where the public hearing should be held, not whether it should be held.
The Klahoose First Nations has already made changes to their application in response to input from various agencies including the APC (Advisory Planning Committee) and now it is time to go to a Public Hearing. This is where we all, including you Mr. Creek get to voice our views on the proposal either in person or in writing.
Without a Public Hearing, it would not be a democratic process. I think that most would agree that all levels of government are already too repressive without this level of public input being stripped from us the Regional District as you suggest.
You are correct in that it is the constituents of Area Directors Anderson and Abram that will be most affected by the proposal. But these Directors support the Public Hearing being at the Klahoose Hall precisely because they have the most intimate understanding of our island communities.
Unfortunately, they are only two of four votes and a solution to the stalemate could not be reached.
The issue of where to hold the Public Hearing is more about our community’s relationships than the application. Creating a deeper level of understanding and respect between all members of our community is a work that is already in process on Cortes. The Klahoose First Nation has made an invitation to host the Public Hearing. To refuse that invitation is an insult and can only damage those relationships.