I attended the North Cowichan council public meeting on March 10 and am disgusted with the results of the council’s vote in regards to the Berkey’s corner development.
There was an overwhelming opposition from the residents of this area but it fell to deaf ears as they voted in this completely unnecessary development. They used wording during the meeting that borders on delusional to rationalize the need for another drive-thru in the valley. Director of development services, Scott Mack explained that the drive-thru would help lower emissions because people would have less distance to drive to get their cup of coffee and now, because of this, I will be able to order one from my dining room window.
Is this the world we live in? Is this thinking green? To me, and countless others in this community, this is the type of backwards thinking that is going to rob our future generations of a planet to live on. So now I have to look forward to the pollution of a predicted 1,000 cars idling daily beside the yard where my young children play. But what does it matter? It’s just the lungs of my children (and countless others in this area) who will be breathing in the fumes of the council’s poor decision.