Environmentalist David Suzuki speaks at Nanaimo's Beban Park social centre last week.

Environmentalist David Suzuki speaks at Nanaimo's Beban Park social centre last week.

Blue Dot is a red flag

NANAIMO – Re: Make city a blue dot on the map, Letters, June 2.

To the Editor,

Re: Make city a blue dot on the map, Letters, June 2.

The Blue Dot campaign of the David Suzuki Foundation is simply another business product for Suzuki and his many employees. After 20 years, ‘global warming’ no longer generates consistent revenue, nor is it meeting its primary mission of restricting and controlling free enterprise. Hence the need for the Blue Dot campaign, which uses 23 paid employees to create a Canada-wide ‘grassroots initiative.’ Their job is to pressure local governments into passing ill-defined ‘rights’ that hit the right emotional notes, while tying the hands of those we elect to make decisions.

While the ‘right’ to clean air, water and food sounds noble, entrenching such all-encompassing and ill-defined rights within the charter, or even local bylaws, would result in endless litigation and red tape, making large industrial or infrastructure projects difficult, if not impossible.

The Blue Dot campaign is simply a product, another means of putting one more stick in the spokes of development and job creation while generating a consistent revenue stream for Suzuki. Nanaimo city council must resist the efforts of their lobbyists.

Randy O’Donnell

president

Nanaimo Ratepayers Association