Cutting down broom is example of NIMBYism

Chemainus – As a newcomer to the Island from Ontario my wife and I are delighted at the early prevalence and variety of wildflowers and wild shrubs in our area.

So I am rather surprised at the plan to eradicate the colourful broom we see aroundabouts.

Describing broom as an “invasive species” is certainly a rather illiberal attitude as it smacks of those other unpleasant ideas of ethnic cleansing and anti-immigrant philosophies we see taking, er, root, in parts of the world.

The broom is attractive, so because it is “foreign”, to want to cut it down seems rather xenophobic. Isn’t cutting it down, literally NIMBYism?

Barry Elias

Chemainus