Vote won’t solve dam problems

The authority requiring action on the dams is not the City of Nanaimo, it is the province of British Columbia.

To the Editor,

Re: Views differ on next steps for dams, Nov. 11.

I’ve talked to a number of activists regarding the Colliery dams and find it amazing how many think this problem originates with Nanaimo’s municipal government, and that if a certain challenger is elected he can make the problem go away.

The authority requiring action on the dams is not the City of Nanaimo, it is the province of British Columbia. It’s provincial jurisdiction. The province has said that unless the city makes an acceptable proposal, it will act via statute, forcing the work.

I’m all for making the province pay, but that is a separate issue.

And the candidate who says the dams look fine? It’s amazing how good a collapsed building looked just before the earthquake.

Nick KellyNanaimo