Re: "Pipeline protest draws thousands to legislature," and "Belfry wine auction corked by regulations," Oct. 23.
The stark difference between the B.C. govenment's position on regulation was crystal-clear in the juxtaposition of the two front-page stories in Tuesday's Times Colonist.
One story has thousands of people gathering at the legislature in peaceful protest to protect our coastline. One reason we had to do this is because B.C. has reneged on its responsibility to implement our own environmental review process, handing it over instead to a government 4,000 kilometres away that clearly represents the interests of international business.
The other story has B.C. wielding its heavy hand against the Belfry Theatre, ensuring that its regulations on liquor licensing are used to suppress a community theatre's fundraising efforts, this after the Belfry had been permitted to hold similar events the past two years.
Thank you, B.C. government. I want you to know that I for one, feel so protected by your efforts. I am sure that the thousands standing at the legislature in Monday's bitterly cold wind, so that the federal and provincial government will stand up for the environmental security of our coasts and inland waterways, will feel warm and fuzzy knowing that at least we have a government that will hold firm to their regulations and "policies" when it comes to clamping down on charitable activities.
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