LETTER: Campsites compromise public use of parks

Yes, Saanich residents, including myself, are “riled by Cuthbert Holmes campsites,” as Travis Paterson notes in his excellent article (March 7). And I doubt whether many of my fellow residents are any more excited than I am to know that sometime there is going to be “a report from Saanich Parks and Saanich Police that could lead to an action plan.”

Just like the derelict boat that sank in the Gorge before Saanich council could find the proper procedure for dealing with it, Cuthbert Holmes Park could well sink under the weight of years of illegal camping by the time council gets round to considering an action plan they have not yet received.

So I have a suggestion for speeding this glacial process up. The City of Victoria has a series of bylaws which permit overnight camping in non-sensitive environmental areas, but ensure that it is overnight camping and that camps are cleared up each day.

Are Saanich parks less deserving of such bylaws than Victoria parks? Such bylaws have been judged to be enforceable in the courts. So I request that Saanich council simply adopt a set of bylaws like Victoria’s, thus finding a solution that’s sensitive to genuine emergency needs, to all other park users, and to the environment and wildlife which parks are intended to allow us to enjoy.

Chris Bullock

Saanich

Just Posted

Victoria ranked as one of B.C.’s worst cities to work in

High living costs and low average incomes drop Victoria from the top 10

Cyclist without helmet thrown onto windshield in Victoria

Despite damage to bike, cyclist uninjured following accident

Annual UVic Xmas tree sale goes on despite loss of beloved tree farmer

Mike Fleming of Saanichton Christmas Tree Farm partnered with students for annual fundraiser for nearly 20 years

Child struck by vehicle in Saanich, taken to hospital

Police are investigating this as a hit and run on Glanford Avenue

Victoria tech companies donate record-breaking weight of food

VIATEC’s 16th annual food bank challenge raised $45,224.40 for Mustard Seed

Lawyer for Chinese exec detained by Canada says it’s ‘inconceivable’ she would flee

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Pipeline protesters arrested at B.C. university

Three protesters were arrested after TRU property allegedly vandalized with red paint

Goodale to ‘examine’ transfer of Rafferty to medium-security prison

Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford

‘Abhorrent’ condition of autistic B.C. boy shows flaws in care system: report

‘Charlie’ was underweight and ‘covered in feces’ when he was removed from his mom’s care

Minister appoints former CIRB chair to resolve Canada Post labour dispute

Postal workers engaged in weeks of rotating walkouts

B.C. man linked to human remains probe to stand trial on unrelated assault case

Curtis Wayne Sagmoen will appear on all three Vernon matters this week

B.C. lumber industry trade mission still has high hopes for China

Forests Minister Doug Donaldson cut short trip after Japan, Korea stops

Omar Khadr to ask for Canadian passport to travel, permission to speak to sister

He spent years in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay after he was caught when he was 15

One of Tori Stafford’s killers transferred to medium-security prison

Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford

Most Read