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Objectivity lacking in story on court decision
Editor: Re: 'Court halts Coulter Berry construction,' (The Times, Oct. 29).
It was with regret that we read the front page article on the outcome of the case of the Fort Langley Citizens for Sustainable Development vs. the Township, regarding the nonconforming of the Coulter Berry building to our Official Community Plan. It was a most misleading article which did not mention that at the so-called public meeting, 80 per cent of the citizens opposed the massive dimensions of the proposed building.
Nor did it mention the over 900-person petition, which was dismissed as irrelevant by the mayor and council, or the more than 1,000 people who had signed the Langley Heritage Society “Hands On” campaign.
Of course the fact that the B.C. Heritage Society, Township Arts and Heritage department, the Heritage Advisory Commission and the planners had all rejected the plan before council passed it should have been brought to the public's attention. This would at least demonstrate why the Supreme Court judge made his decision in favour of obeying the Official Community Plan and heritage guidelines.
We thought our Times, which we always enjoy, would display more respect for the basic tenets of journalism in regard to objectivity, and have more integrity in reporting.