–Letter from William Slim
Unscrupulous, unprincipled, unethical, underhanded, sneaky, dishonest, and plain shameful.
I’m talking about Sooke’s Mayor and Council!
Because of the tactic, they are pulling they should all resign their positions immediately.
They are currently about to grant a 50-year lease to the Lions Club to build a two-story building and parking lot on nearly 2 acres inside John Phillips Memorial Park, you may recall it as the old golf course.
Whether this land should be subtracted from the park, or not, is a crucial issue, but the method the Mayor and council have chosen to ensure that it will be is disgraceful.
It’s the old negative option scam.
The Lyons will receive the land UNLESS ten percent of Sooke residents VOTE NO.
That’s approximately 1,123 votes that must be registered AGAINST their decision.
And just to be sure no one could possibly raise enough votes in opposition they require all votes to be submitted in writing, on their form, only available from the district office, during weekly working hours.
At least 1,123 forms must be submitted by 15 Sep 2021, now less than 3 weeks away, to stop this loss of park acreage.
How democratic is that?
If you approve of the District of Sooke leasing a portion of John Phillips Memorial Park to the Sooke Lions, no action is needed.
If you are opposed to the District leasing a portion of John Phillips Memorial Park to the Sooke Lions, you may submit an Elector Response Form to the District of Sooke Municipal Hall (2205 Otter Point Road) during the AAP period of 8:30 a.m. August 12 to September 15, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Again, no early or late submissions can be received. The originally signed response form must be returned to the Municipal Hall – email and faxed Electoral Response forms will not be accepted.
- Read the DOS announcement here.
- Read about the Alternative Approval Process (AAP) and Elector Response form here.
- Go directly to the form here.
- You can also get an Electoral Response form at the District of Sooke Municipal Hall, located at 2205 Otter Point Road, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. excluding statutory holidays.