Slip-and-slide leaves city dry

This proposed slide apparently has captured the hearts and minds of our council members.

To the Editor,

Re: Giant slip-and-slide set for Harbour City, May 7.

The Utah-based company Slide the City won’t be doing any business in California where thousands are already relying on bottled water because their taps have run dry.

In B.C. we already all but give away millions of litres of water to Nestlé, so I guess our province was a good Canadian target.

In Nanaimo, however, earlier this year our council considered imposing increased water restrictions because of a lack of snow melt that normally feeds our reservoir. I haven’t noticed any snow falling since then, more like hot weather evaporation, but magically our council is now in position to stage a water party using 360,000 litres of our processed healthy water to entertain, at the maximum, five per cent of our city’s population, moreover further restricted to those who can afford to pay $25 or $65.

But Mayor Bill McKay has that one covered. He’s hoping to score passes for people who otherwise couldn’t afford this slide experience that’s basically intended to amuse the well-to-do.

Does council have a list of “less-fortunate people” to draw a lottery from? Or are they expected to line up soup-kitchen style to get a stamp that will entitle them to the wonders of this proposed slide which apparently has captured the hearts and minds of our council members?

Edwin TurnerNanaimo

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