After hearing 25 people speak out against the viability of Capital Regional District’s proposed sewage treatment project on Nov. 14, speaking time at board room meetings is now officially limited to three minutes.
CRD directors referred to the overwhelming voices of opposition as “the vocal minority.” At the next board meeting on Nov. 27, the board voted against all motions to delay or analyze the project.
Directors decline invitations from the community to discuss its impacts. The fact is that board members are afraid to speak in public because there really is no justification for this. They are hiding behind a smoke screen created by the perception that this is the right thing to do.
The CRD board might be a democracy within itself, but the sentiment of the majority outside the boardroom is being ignored.