Letters to the editor Jan. 26

Inaccurate clocks irk reader

I would like to point out that Oak Bay residents stand to lose two things of significance.

Most people are aware the Blethering Place Restaurant will be closing its doors after 30 years come Jan. 31. There will be a continuation of this place in March, but for a lot of people, myself included, the closing of Blethering Place as it is now will be a loss. This, of course, is out of everyone’s control.

I am writing to ask why it is Oak Bay residents have to put up with additional things which are irksome, to say the least. I’m not speaking for everyone, but I daily shake my head whenever I look across the avenue from the Blethering Place, wondering why that big clock sitting on top of the RBC building has for months now shown an inaccurate time of day.

Power outages, another thing out of everyone’s control, have resulted in that clock running three to four hours behind. Surely, someone could go on the roof and correct the time?

Also, 150 metres or so up Oak Bay Avenue, the four-cornered clock on the north side of the street shows the correct time of day on only three sides. The side facing west is 25 or so minutes fast.

Our forefathers used to say, “Go west young man.” Did that also mean jump ahead in time? Actually the time of day falls behind the further west one travels. The point is things that jump out as glaring errors, but can be amended, should get attention.

Chris Garrett-Petts

Oak Bay

Recall campaign results

have consequences for all of B.C.

Kevin Falcon’s recent visit to Oak Bay-Gordon Head had me considering what I would like to say to, or ask of, constituents of the riding, the first targeted for a recall campaign by Bill Vander Zalm and his supporters.

I would request constituents tell Vander Zalm that B.C. is not like Afghanistan, where small-time warlords hold the government up for ransom at the point of a weapon, and that it is time for him to go home.

They should point out that the recall legislation was not intended to be misused by persons from outside of a riding as a weapon to extort behaviour from the government, and that if constituents feel it necessary to recall Ida Chong they will.

Why are Vander Zalm and his supporters running a recall campaign in Oak Bay-Gordon Head instead of the ridings they live in?

If constituents are focused on the HST, they should ask Vander Zalm (and themselves) what service and program cuts or tax and fee increases they propose to offset the loss of $1.6 billion in federal funds that will result if the HST is repealed.

James W. Breckenridge

Abbotsford

High school plan

a head scratcher

I read recently that Oak Bay High has a student population of 1,300.

I also read that the new high school, is being designed to hold a student population of 1,300. Why would it not be built bigger to allow for a possible increased enrolment?

Would this not be the best time to make those allowances? 

R.E. Brown

Oak Bay

Committee ignorant

of proposal details

Re: Green committee targets Runnymede proposal (News, Jan. 19)

I’m surprised representatives of the Oak Bay Green Committee were not informed of the facts relating to this proposal.

Green Committee representatives have obviously not attended the meetings, where photographs, plans and discussion demonstrated that trees would not be lost under the Runnymede Place proposal.

Rather, the pool building – which is neither heritage nor pleasing – would be replaced by a lovely home, thus enhancing the streetscape.

Importantly, the new owners have a history of creating or enhancing gardens and homes in Oak Bay. These benefits to the Oak Bay community have been ignored in Oak Bay News reports.

They will hopefully be appreciated by the Green Committee and Oak Bay council.

Donald Sher

Oak Bay

Mayor, council should heed

public on Runnymede

Thank you for reminding the Oak Bay community of the controversy caused by the proposed development of the heritage house and heritage garden at 2031 Runnymede Pl. (2010 in Review, Jan. 5).

Your newspaper should be applauded for adhering to the true principle of journalism, as this attempt to de-designate the property of future generations was not brought to the attention of the public until your earlier articles (Maclure home at centre of subdivision row, News, Oct. 15, 2010).

This matter has been shrouded in secrecy and is not yet clarified three-and-a-half months later.

Numerous letters and a petition signed by many Oak Bay residents have been sent to the mayor and all councillors.

None of the letters have been responded to.

Alan Lupin

Oak Bay