On October 13, 2018 three local environmental preservation groups sent an Open Letter to Township of Langley Council. This recent letter was an updated version of a letter sent just prior to the 2014 election. In it is a request to view a staff report about selling surplus property to pay for future infrastructure costs. The report was expected to have been completed in 2014.
As of this past weekend, four years later, the report still has not been made public and the “issues raised [by these groups in the previous letter] are still outstanding and neglected by Township.” There is concern that Council's approach is “secretive and reactive,” that “greater transparency” is needed, and that the ecological value of these properties will be overlooked. Read the complete letter here.
If you want to see what happens when a land sale goes wrong, take a look at the Tara Farms Forest video. It will break your heart.
At the Willoughby Residents Association's All-Candidates Meeting last week, in response to a question, one candidate mentioned all the “in camera” meetings held by our current Council – confirming the secrecy surrounding certain Council business. Some Candidates and audience members nodded in agreement.
On October 8, 2018 the United Nations published their most recent report on global warming. The UN report "confirms that climate change is running faster than we are – and we are running out of time." This is not an issue to be passed over, glossed over, or ignored any more. The UN has made it clear that we have a very small window of opportunity to try to fix this.
We no longer have the luxury of focusing exclusively on building. Whether it’s residential, commercial, or industrial construction; highways or neighbourhood thoroughfares; electrical, water and waste, or energy systems; recreation, performing arts, or sports facilities - we can’t pretend that what we build does not have consequences or repercussions in the natural world.
It’s time to find a balance.
It’s time to elect independent Councillors that will serve the people of the Township in the present, and for the future.
It’s time to VOTE STACEY WAKELIN for Langley Township Council.