Victoria’s fountains should keep running

During last weekend’s visit to our capital city, I was dismayed to discover that three public fountains — the Victoria Centennial Fountain, the Queen Victoria Fountain (both on the legislature lawn) and the Confederation Fountain (across Menzies Street adjacent to the legislature) — have all had their water features turned off.

As I recall, according to a recent report in the Times Colonist, Greater Victoria’s water reservoir is still at nearly 85 per cent capacity. So why is this being done at all in a city that is not only a showcase for all British Columbians, but for anyone who chooses to visit the city throughout the year?

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We must remember that these historical fountains were constructed to be presented intact at all times. They are not ornaments and should not be trifled with for the sake of short-sighted political expedience. The folks in charge need to be more respectful to the memory and intentions of those who are no longer here to speak up for themselves and their visions.

Doug Ebbett

Qualicum Beach

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