Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Lee inquest and amalgamation

Aleck Trawick wrote to the Times Colonist a letter which included comments such as:

The testimony at the Lee inquest makes it clear that Sunny Park, attempting to save her life and that of her six-year-old son, was shuffled from West Shore RCMP to Victoria police to Oak Bay police to report her husband tried to kill her and would again. They didn't co-ordinate.

When he showed up, the call went to Victoria police, rather than Saanich, which provides 9-1-1 service for Oak Bay. Although the call was passed along, "the gravity of the communication was lost," along with their lives.

This ridiculous split of jurisdictions has probably killed someone, and not for the first time.

Saanich and Victoria officers had to decide which department should respond to a case at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.

We are subjected to endless discussion about the Blue Bridge, but the real issue is that Victoria can't afford to support its infrastructure with its population.

The only sensible solution is the amalgamation of at least Esquimalt, Victoria, Oak Bay and Saanich.

Why isn't that happening?

If the citizens don't take the initiative to force amalgamation, we will have more tragedies, more unsolved crime, crumbling infrastructure and a downward spiral that will ruin the wonderful lifestyle the region offers.

6 comments:

TeshaNaquin said...
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Anonymous said...

You say the following:

"If the citizens of these four municipalities don't take the initiative to force amalgamation, we will have more tragedies, more unsolved crime, crumbling infrastructure and a downward spiral that will ruin the wonderful lifestyle the region offers."

Do you not think the current form of governance has had something to do with creating the wonderful lifestyle and, in fact, protecting it?

There may be room for improvement but your naive notion that amalgamation is a magic solution is naive.

Anonymous said...

Almagamation would allow for faster, and more encompassing regionial planning that is not as fragmentated,and actually gets something done that benefits a wider number of people, and takes into account more morale, and finaicial responsibility; Not to mention better utilization of implementating needed infrastructre uprades,and cuts down on the bureaucracy that plaques Victoria!