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LETTER: Sooke CAO clears up inaccuracies — 8 Comments

  1. The efficiencies of cost savings to the municipality in the form of lower operational costs don’t always translate to “good for the community”. Two jobs lost equals two less incomes to Sookites that can no longer be spent in Sooke supporting Sooke businesses and in turn the families behind those businesses.

    I appreciate SPN for facilitating Teresa Sullivan’s long overdue quasi/”sort of” conversation/engagement with “her public” in what I hope will evolve into good positive constructive and collaborative communication, in recognised equal partnership, towards the health and wellbeing of our community.

  2. Its good to see that there is actually someone home at the District office and they are paying attention to what the public is saying in the media. In this case Im happy to hear from them because I think cancelling Mr. Martin’s contract is the right thing to do. I would like to know after seeing him attending dozens of Council meetings with attacks on resident and staff about access to our parks for his 4X4 club. How did he get this job anyway and what were the terms. How many hours a day did he spend running the dock? Maybe the District will start thinking about a Public Works Dept. for Sooke.

  3. “Sittin’ in the morning sun
    I’ll be sittin’ when the evening comes
    Watching the ships roll in
    Then I watch them roll away again, yeah

    I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
    Watchin’ the tide roll away, ooh
    I’m just sittin’ on the dock of the bay
    Wastin’ time”

    Nice gig but parking enforcement would achieve the same end in a more cost effective manner.

  4. Perception is everything!
    I do like Teresa new approach about communicating clear information to Sooke residents.
    So shout out for going the right direction especially after that witch hunt welcome some residents gave you. I believe open clear information is what is needed publicly from our city hall, and would encourage the city to subscribe to S.P.N. for a weekly column. Together We Can!
    “Perception is everything!”

  5. I didn’t know Sooke Pocket News had a blog? I went searching for it before I contacted the editor to ask “whatsup?” It seems our CAO may have been trying to belittle a “sign of the times” (my words, not the person I was in contact with). Digital or now as we call it “online” journalism has been around for years and in fact since 2008, more Americans reported getting their national and international news from the internet, rather than newspapers. Young people aged 18 to 29 now primarily get their news via the internet, according to a Pew Research Center report. I do commend our CAO for realizing where her audience is seeking “everything that is Sooke” news and responding to community concerns.

    • Its hard to pick sides when we don’t know the details. The District won’t disclose the details of the contract that Mr. Martin had with them for the dock. Maybe he can tell us what he did for the yearly income. How many hours a day was spent at the dock? How many hours on paper work etc? There seems to be a continued complaint that the contract is ending. May we hear the argument that our tax money was well spent?