CVRD Director Ian Morrison said quasi-political groups are killing projects through delay and red tape. (Warren Goulding/Gazette)

CVRD Director Ian Morrison said quasi-political groups are killing projects through delay and red tape. (Warren Goulding/Gazette)

CVRD directors from Cowichan Lake area rip into quasi political groups

“They’re not out to save the world, they’re out to kick business.”

The two Cowichan Valley Regional District directors from the Cowichan Lake area came out with both barrels firing as they addressed the annual general meeting of the Cowichan Lake District Chamber of Commerce.

Area F director and CVRD vice chair Ian Morrison told the Chamber members he was an “environmentalist and watershed warrior” but there has to be a balance when it comes to development and protecting the environment.

“Without the kind of work you folks do we wouldn’t have the type of lifestyle we do,” Morrison suggested.

“I believe in supporting and nurturing business folks.”

Morrison said there is an “enemy within” in the form of semi-secret, quasi-political organizations that are very involved in politics at the municipal and provincial levels.

“They’re promoting an agenda that isn’t very friendly to the business community or friendly to the development community,” Morrison charged.

The end result is a climate of resistance to change that slows or even kills growth, utilizing what he termed “paralysis by analysis.”

“These quasi-political groups put red tape and regulations in place,” Morrison said.

The director for Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls pointed to the recent furor over an attempt by one North Cowichan councillor to put a halt on development as an example of the effort to thwart growth in the region.

“That was an attempt to put all development on hold. You can’t stop business just because you’re looking at your [Official Community Plan],” Morrison argued.

“It’s denial by delay or paralysis by analysis.”

Morrison said the groups that are lobbying in the name of protecting the environment are well organized and very vocal.

“They’re not talking to us, they’re talking at us and he who screams the loudest is heard.”

Morrison said it’s imperative for business owners to get involved so their voices are heard.

“Otherwise you’re going to get drowned out, if you don’t. If you do, you’ll have a friend in me.”

Klaus Kuhn, the director for Area I, Youbou/Meade Creek, echoed Morrison’s, joking that although the two directors have not always agreed, on this point they were united.

“There is so much nonsense going on,” Kuhn said. “People are trying to block [development] applications using climate change and the environment as a tool.

“Me, I like to construct but there’s a group of people who are opposed to every development. I’ve been so cheesed off for the last two years,” Kuhn said.

“They represent themselves as environmentalists. As far as I’m concerned they’re promoting their agenda and all they want is power.

“They’re not out to save the world, they’re out to kick business.”

municipal politics

Just Posted

Robert’s column
Robert Barron Column: Poachers in forest reserve should be treated harshly

‘Poachers need to be rounded up and prosecuted as soon as possible’

Cruciferous vegetables have four petals on their flowers in the shape of a cross. (Mary Lowther photo)
Mary Lowther column: Yes, you can eat those bits of the plant too

These vegetables include cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage and kohlrabi

Can you dig it? Crofton In Bloom volunteers certainly can. From left: Trayci Lepp, Tony Lamley, Bonnie Lamley, Mary Patient and Jane Grueber. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Community pride grows from volunteer group’s beautification efforts

All ages contribute to Crofton In Bloom’s objectives

An object in motion stays in motion. An object at rest stays at rest. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Sarah Simpson Column: This mother is grinning and bearing it

News broke the other day that, after months in hibernation, Grouse Mountain’s… Continue reading

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

On Friday, May 14 at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, Michael Caan joined a very elite club of golfers who have shot under 60 (Instagram)
Crowds at English Bay were blasted with a large beam of light from an RCMP Air-1 helicopter on Friday, May 14. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison
Police enlist RCMP helicopter to disperse thousands crowded on Vancouver beach

On Friday night, police were witness to ‘several thousand people staying well into the evening’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Sinikka Gay Elliott was reported missing on Salt Spring Island on Wednesday, May 12. (Courtesty Salt Spring RCMP)
Body of UBC professor found on Salt Spring Island, no foul play suspected

Sinikka Elliott taught sociology at the university

The first Black judge named to the BC Supreme Court, Selwyn Romilly, was handcuffed at 9:15 a.m. May 14 while walking along the seawall. (YouTube/Screen grab)
Police apologize after wrongly arresting B.C.’s first Black Supreme Court Justice

At 81 years old, the retired judge was handcuffed in public while out for a walk Friday morning

Queen Elizabeth II and Clive Holland, deputy commonwealth president of the Royal Life Saving Society, top left, virtually present Dr. Steve Beerman, top right, with the King Edward VII Cup for his drowning-prevention work. Tanner Gorille and Sarah Downs were honoured with Russell Medals for their life-saving resuscitation. (Buckingham Palace photo)
Queen presents Vancouver Island doctor with award for global drowning prevention

Dr. Steve Beerman receives Royal Life Saving Society’s King Edward VII Cup at virtual ceremony

Former UFV Cascades wrestling coach Arjan Singh Bhullar is now the ONE heavyweight champion after defeating Brandon Vera via TKO in round two on Saturday in Singapore. (ONE Championship)
Former UFV wrestling coach wins MMA championship

Arjan Singh Bhullar captures ONE heavyweight title, first Indian origin fighter to achieve honour

Astra Zeneca vaccine waits for injection in a Feb. 3, 2021 file photo. A Langley man has become the second B.C. resident to suffer a blood clot following an injection. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
B.C. man required emergency surgery after AstraZeneca vaccination

Shaun Mulldoon suffered ‘massive blood clot’ after jab

Most Read