Monday April 21, 2014

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Democratic tyranny



Although I was unable to attend the council meeting where the proposed Rogers communications cell tower upgrade was voted down, I was able to attend an earlier open public meeting at the Gibsons and Area Community Centre where said cell tower was discussed.

This meeting was not just attended by a small group of “tyrannists” as Mr. McLaughlin would have you believe (Coast Reporter, letters, Jan. 3).

This open forum included Sunshine Coast Regional District representatives, Rogers Communications techs and P.R. reps, members of our local fire department, Mayor Wayne Rowe as well as members of the general public and finally, residents (tyrannists) of the immediate area bordering the proposed tower upgrade.

Although this looks like Nimbyism, other jurisdictions (West Vancouver, Langley) have limited these towers in residential areas and near schools.
The need for a new, taller tower to satisfy 9-1-1 needs and emergency dispatch is clear, yet the back-and-forth on health concerns in my opinion were not.

In the end, area residents opposed the Rogers application and local politicians listened. As elected officials is it not their job to observe and uphold the needs and wishes of the electorate? It’s called democracy, not tyranny.

Philip Gagne, Gibsons



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