Greens are here to stay

Re: Let the silly season begin (Column, NewsLeader, Feb. 28)

With respect to the letter that “made the rounds of local media” regarding concerns about Shape’s redevelopment at Brentwood, it is no secret that I am a former civic election candidate and a vocal critic of the way council conducts business.

I hope Wanda Chow recognizes that I do have “legitimate traffic concerns” in my Metrotown neighbourhood where the same “s-zoning” bylaw prevails. When I raised concerns in 2010, Metrotown was the first town centre to have these additional densities foisted upon it. Admittedly, it got tiring being one of a handful of voices willing to publicly criticize the policy, the way it was quietly passed without discussion, and the way it has been applied. Finally, people in other parts of the city are realizing that one-party rule is never a good thing.

If some people around Brentwood have concerns about this development, I will listen to their concerns and continue to help in any small way.

I also have to disagree with Ms. Chow’s assertion that Greens only “pop up” during election years or that we have “muddied” our image by lending a sympathetic ear to Ms. Ward’s concerns about transit accessibility and lack of public consultation. Greens have continued to raise the issues of homelessness, poverty, transparency, food security, electoral reform, fair taxation, transportation and the environment.

The fact Ms. Chow only acknowledges Greens during the “silly season” is no fault of the party.

Greens will continue to listen to all residents and judge each issue on its own merit rather than on the past histories of the people who raise those issues.

Rick McGowan


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