Half of municipal reps on PCC board resign over land sale strategy

Victoria Coun. Ben Isitt says there is benefit to having city representation on board

Victoria Coun. Ben Isitt is bucking the trend set by his fellow councillors by upholding his appointment to the Provincial Capital Board.

“I think there are benefits in having a representative of the city challenging the proposed sell-off of PCC properties at the board table,” he said. “For now, I intend to continue serving in this capacity.”

Victoria Coun. Geoff Young was the first to resign, after the provincial government released its budget Tuesday, which outlined a plan to sell 100 “surplus” properties.

Saanich councillors Dean Murdock and Nichola Wade followed Young’s lead on Thursday.

The big question is whether the PCC board will have any ability to reject proposed land sales, though such decisions must technically be approved by the board.

Last month, the provincial government announced Shared Services B.C. would take over management of PCC’s assets.

Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Ida Chong said the change was motivated by efficiency and cost savings.

Critics, however, charged it stripped the board of any real power, essentially relegating it to organizing outreach activities.

“I don’t even know if there are decisions to be made by the PCC in terms of the land disposition,” said Isitt. “If there is still a decision, I want to have a role in it and try to shape the decision.”

Young said he’s not apposed to the sale of public land in principle, or in all cases.

“I thought it was highly likely I would disagree either with the disposition of a specific property or with the use of the proceeds,” he said.

PCC board members are not allowed to publicly voice their opposition to board decisions, explained Young. “A municipal representative in that position has only one recourse, and that is to resign.”

Municipal representatives on the PCC board “are seen to be representing residents,” said Young. “When we’re put in a position where we may have to represent other interests, that makes it really tough for us.”

 

 

Just Posted

Police are looking for witnesses and video footage after a crash on June 18. (Photo courtesy of West Shore RCMP)
West Shore RCMP looking for videos related to Corvette crash

Driver believed to have fled the scene of View Royal crash

The Pat Bay Highway was closed for several hours Monday morning after a drug-impaired driver crashed into two hydro poles. (Black Press Media file photo)
UPDATE: Pat Bay closure caused by drug-impaired driver

Man struck two hydro poles, closing a section of the Pat Bay Monday morning

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Greater Victoria with unusually high temperatures expected Monday and this coming weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)
Greater Victoria’s first week of summer will be a scorcher

Special weather statement issued Monday by Environment Canada

Central Saanich has rejected plans for a pilot project that would allow food trucks in Centennial Park. (Black Press Media file photo)
Central Saanich puts brakes on food truck pilot project

Coun. Carl Jensen questions Central Saanich’s consistency

A rendering shows what the Doral Forest Park development would look like from the southwest. (Rendering via D’AMBROSIO Architecture & Urbanism)
Beaver Lake area project passes next hurdle in Saanich

Council approval for 242-unit parks edge development hinges on meeting of conditions

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

The Coquihalla Lakes washroom is getting upgrades. (Submitted)
Coquihalla to get upgrades to aging washrooms

The Ministry of Transportation is providing $1 million in funding to upgrade 3 rest areas

The Crofton trailer park home where the bodies of two people were found. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Mom still waiting for answers after daughter and her fiance found dead in Crofton

Pair discovered dead in their Crofton home in May identified as Rachel Gardner and Paul Jenkins

By the end of life, the average North American has eaten the weight of a family sedan in sugar. (Pixabay.com)
FITNESS: Living the sweet life without too much sugar

Simple choices can have a major impact on your health

The Sacred Hearts church on PIB land burned Monday morning. (Theresa May Jack/Facebook)
Two churches on First Nation land in South Okanagan burn to the ground

Sacred Hearts church on Penticton Indian Band land was reduced to rubble

Tl’etinqox-lead ceremony at the site of the former St. Joseph’s Mission in Williams Lake, B.C., June 18, 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
‘We are all one people’: Honouring residential school victims and survivors

Love, support and curiousity: Canadians urged to learn about residential schools and their impact

Indigenous rights and climate activists gathered outside Liberty Mutual’s office in Vancouver to pressure the insurance giant to stop covering Trans Mountain. (Photo by Andrew Larigakis)
Activists work to ensure Trans Mountain won’t get insurance

Global campaign urging insurance providers to stay away from Canadian pipeline project

In the first election with public money replacing corporate or union donations, B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. Greens leader Sonia Furstenau and B.C. NDP leader John Horgan take part in election debate at the University of B.C., Oct. 13, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
B.C. MLAs ponder 2022 ‘sunset’ of subsidy for political parties

NDP, B.C. Fed call for increase, B.C. Liberals have no comment

Most Read