Story carried on C-FAX News reads in part: "The CRD's Planning and Protective Services Committee was unable to agree Wednesday on a process to establish a deer management plan for the region. The committee refused to pass a staff recommendation that would have created a special committee to work with local municipalities and the provincial government. Many Directors are reluctant to take on an expense that they are convinced should be a provincial responsibility; others believe forming a committee to study the obvious is a waste of time and effort".
That story, which would have been accurate in large part yesterday...was dated June 22nd, 2011.
In the almost fifteen months since, they have formed and now heard from an advisory committee which has studied "the obvious", exhaustively, producing a 168 page report...that effectively resulted in no action. The Planning and Protective Services Committee voted this week to instruct regional staff to arrange meetings with...wait for it: the province, and local municipalities.
It's not only the public who are frustrated. The chair of the committee threatens to wash his hands of the file if there isn't some commitment by the province to act on matters that are within its jurisdiction. Did we need to study and argue for more than a year to figure that out?
This is Frank Stanford