Booby prizes, local colour



I can’t remember a local election year in which the seats to be filled on the south end of the Coast seemed like such booby prizes. The new rural area directors can all be certain that, after a possible winter’s grace period of smiles and realtor introductions, they’ll be to blame for everything that has or hasn’t been done with the water supply system over the past few decades.

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Next door in Gibsons, the 2014-18 council signed over everything the George proponent needs to build a condominium apartment tower and private marina. Any new councillors will be greeted with the reality that the Town’s leverage with respect to a purported hotel and convention centre will be approximately that of an orca trainer who’s already tossed in all of the food.

Given the non-stampede for these positions, I’m grateful to Sechelt in general and to third-party group Sechelt Deserves Better in particular for adding some colour to the election season. I love that some sage in the SDB groupuscule must have assured the others that tossing anonymous “research” into a Sunshine Coast election would cause local conversations to centre on the researched topic rather than on who was doing the tossing.

But my favourite part is that they registered the domain name with Perfect Privacy LLC of Jacksonville, Fla. The only better options for creating a cartoonishly shady appearance would have been Off The Books LLC on the Isle of Man or Nefarious Intent SA out of Andorra.

David Stow, Elphinstone

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