Hysteria evident

This is a community where virtually every major, and some minor, development proposal faces opposition

As with most controversies in Oak Bay there is more than a little hysteria evident in correspondence regarding the proposed deer cull. Regrettably, your editorial of Feb. 6 embraces that hysteria with its claims of a community divided.

I’ve lived in Oak Bay for about a decade and if we are a community divided then the division surely predates the deer issue. This is a community where virtually every major, and some minor, development proposal faces opposition. This is a community where we don’t mind telling our neighbours we dislike their tastes in architecture. This is a community where we cannot agree regarding sewage lines in the Uplands. And what about the community plan?

The reality is that despite all the foregoing, the vast majority of neighbours are still interacting amiably. The police are not being called to mediate heated discussions on any of these issues. People are not leaving the community because it is an uncomfortable place to live.

Shocking though it may be to some, the deer cull won’t change this. Notwithstanding the buzz in coffee shops, most of us are not discussing the proposed deer cull at all. I interact with neighbours and friends every day and not once has the deer cull ever been a point of discussion.

The correspondence on the deer cull long ago stopped offering any new insight or solutions. As Patrick Skillings so aptly said, enough already! This talk of a community divided is taking the entire discussion over the edge and borders on the ludicrous.

James Murtagh


Oak Bay



Just Posted

B.C. historian helped Viola Desmond make it on the $10 bill

Merna Forster of Oak Bay petitioned for years for a Canadian woman to be honoured on currency

Postal strike affects charities at critical fundraising time

Canadian fundraising professionals and charities join call for fast resolution

Vikes ready for Queen’s in Game 1 of national men’s rugby championship

From mid-terms to national championships, it’s a rugby life

Santa’s parade set to light up Victoria

37th Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade rolls down Government Street Saturday

Victoria drill responds to hypothetical 7.0 magnitude earthquake

Volunteers do run-through of evacuation to emergency reception centre in James Bay

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 20

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Mount Washington Alpine Resort targeting Dec. 7 opening date

Major snowfall in the forecast for this week

POLL: Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

The Christmas lights are twinkling and holiday music is playing in local… Continue reading

Legal battle ahead for suspended B.C. legislature executives

Public removal ‘very unfair,’ says veteran clerk Craig James

B.C. sees biggest spike in homicides across Canada, at 34%

Much of the killing was attributed to gang violence, according to Statistics Canada

Sea lion tangled in rope on Vancouver Island

Marine debris is a ‘significant problem’ for marine wildlife

$90,000 pen from space created by B.C man

The Space pen is made from a meteorite

B.C. woman fined $2,300 for clocking 215 km/hr in Alberta

It’s the highest fine Alberta police have issued

Most Read