To the Editor,
Re: City seeks talks regarding dams, March 12.
While not everyone in Nanaimo is as passionate about the status of the Colliery dams as some, everyone in Nanaimo should be worried about what is going on at city hall. Threats of personal liability for council members seems to be the order du jour and the mayor and some on council lack the leadership to see beyond the scare tactic. If the council cannot stand up for the community because they have been threatened with personal liability, then they are clearly in a conflict of interest and must abstain from voting.
The implications of the Colliery dam issue are far-reaching and affect every citizen in the city. Someday there may be a Colliery dam park in all our backyards. We need our city council to stand up to threats and manipulation that have grown from seeds of misinformation and ignorance. The threat of liability for city council pertaining to the Colliery dams is based on the perception that the dams will fail when in fact, new information indicates that is an unlikely event.
City staff are hired to carry out directives from a council that is supposed to represent the people’s will. This is clearly not what is happening today at city hall.