Good argument, bad facts around Nelson committees

It is a pity that the well-articulated letter by Kate Bridger, undermines its own credibility by stumbling over some fairly basic mistakes.

Re: “Let the downtown breathe,” Letters, June 26

It is a pity that the well-articulated letter entitled “Let the downtown breathe” by Kate Bridger, undermines its own credibility by stumbling over some fairly basic mistakes. I say “credible” because the author makes a good argument to let the downtown regulate itself, rather than be controlled by “power-wielding committees.”

Except, in this case, the downtown is doing just that. The issue of sandwich boards was raised by the Nelson Business Association, which polled its members on the subject and held an open house which I attended, along with many others. The business association then approached city council with their recommendations.

I think this is about as close to “the marketplace determining what is acceptable in our downtown” as you can get using a democratic process, involving far more than “a select few.”

What has all of his to do with heritage? Absolutely nothing. I sit on the city’s heritage commission where this subject has never been discussed. I suppose that this body was the target of the “city-endorsed preservationists” jibe, but we were not consulted, thank goodness. It’s not part of our mandate.

I also happen to sit on the city’s advisory planning commission, and again, we certainly never talked about sandwich boards, let alone setting rules for their design.

Whilst I actually agree with the spirit of Kate Bridger’s perspective, the targets of her vitriol are actually quite innocent in this case. A stronger argument is made when facts are presented with passion, rather than accusations levied without foundation.

Chris Drysdale



Just Posted

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Pacific Insight to lay off part of workforce

The company says it is transferring automotive production to its Mexico facility

Black belt tests on this week at Kootenay Martial Arts

Grandmaster Brenda Sell returns to assist in testing

UPDATED: Four Nelson marijuana dispensaries to remain open after legalization

Nelson’s police chief has no plans to close them down

Nelson candidates debate climate change at forum

Mayoral and council candidates had the chance to speak on five fictional resolutions

VIDEO: Candidates at Nelson election forum

Mayoral candidates joined 18 council candidates for an evening of very short answers

Jagmeet Singh says marijuana pardons are not enough

Trudeau government will streamline pardon process for Canadians convicted of simple possession of marijuana in the past

BC Ferries begins taking debit in two-month pilot project

Company is giving customers option to use Interac on two-month trial on select vessels

Caregivers banned from smoking, growing cannabis around children-in-care: MCFD

Ministry has limited cannabis use for caregivers, stating it may “pose a risk to children and youth.”

Cheaper strains sell out within minutes on online BC Cannabis Store

Province says new strains will become available in the coming months

Only 40% of B.C. car dealerships have electric cars available: report

Researchers found buyers frustrated at the lack of options

VIDEO: Millionaire Lottery returns to give back and win big

Since 1996, Millionaire Lottery has raised $52 million for the VGH+UBC Hospital Foundation

Baby boomer buba shares heartfelt novel with Okanagan audience

Pauline Daniel will be at Vernon’s Bookland and library Oct. 20

Test case challenges a politician’s right to block people from Twitter account

3 people say Watson infringed their constitutional right to freedom of expression by blocking them

Most Read