Accusations are red herrings

Obviously people will contribute time and money to promote candidates who match their values

Accusations of conflict of interest as a result of campaign donations are red herrings, from people who are happy to make their own contributions of money and time to motivate Saanich government to do things.

Obviously people will contribute time and money to promote candidates who match their values. They should, because ideas matter to human life.

Look at the time spent by volunteers. Look at the monetary contributions from labour unions and activist organizations. Others spend their time earning money to contribute. There is no difference, except in the minds of neo-Marxists who separate money from other activities (money is just a medium of exchange, not the magic that proponents of the mind-body dichotomy promote).

The people I’ve heard criticizing Richard Atwell and Fred Haynes on land development subjects were obviously environmentalists. People of their beliefs regularly support activist organizations who lobby government, front for foundations like Tides, and support operations that Saanich’s environmental bureaucrats use as sources of information.

For example, the Habitat Acquisition Trust was the source of analysis of tree canopy coverage. Whatever its merits, it is by definition a biased organization because of its purpose in existing.

Keith Sketchley



Just Posted

Sidney Museum donates 60,000 Lego bricks to local schools

Sidney, Deep Cove, ḰELSET, Brentwood, Keating and Cordova Bay elementary schools get Lego avalanche

Victoria City Council approves inclusionary housing policy

After years of back and forth, the policy will be ratified in two weeks

Filipino Heritage Month event takes over Centennial Square

Dancing, music and food highlight Mabuhay Day celebration in Victoria

West Shore residents report finding anti-SOGI 123 flyers in mailboxes

SD62 trustee Ravi Parmar says the flyers are ‘garbage’

Victoria Weekender: What’s happening this weekend, June 15-16

Car Free YYJ, a barber battle and an Outdoor Discovery Day

Homalco tour gives glimpse into area’s ‘People, Land, Water’

First Nation business mixes cultural components with wildlife excursions

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Monkey spotted on late-night jaunt in Campbell River

Conservation officers also apparently looking for cougar in the area

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Most Read