Changes call for a pause in plans for cull

The number of deer to be culled has been increased and the budget has soared

When mayoral candidate Cairine Green stated that she would push the pause button on the deer issue she was not implying there would be no cull.

Since the inception of the plan last year much has changed. The number of deer to be culled has been increased, the budget has soared to close to a quarter million dollars and so much information has changed with many unknown factors. Now as the two other communities in the pilot project have decided against it, Oak Bay will be the only municipality bearing the costs.

Green wants to revisit the program, find out what has changed and let the residents of Oak Bay know what is really happening with open transparency. It is the right thing to do rather than plunge in without updated information and suddenly find that it is costing us much more and not really working. Not pushing the pause button as avowed by the mayor reminds me of the actions of Captain Smith of the Titanic. Damn the icebergs, full speed ahead.

William Jesse

Oak Bay

 

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