Ministry ignoring the people

Resident makes the case for a traffic light at Highway 97 and Stickle Road

In a recent edition of The Morning Star, is the next Stickle story entitled, “Mayor seeks details in Stickle project.”

As you read the story, you may see between the lines the bullying going on from the province down to the municipal level. Whether it’s intentional or not, it is happening right in front of us.

Mayor Akbal Mund is quoted as saying, “They aren’t giving us a light or reducing the speed on the highway so we have to work with them.”

Is this what we can expect from our mayor? Respectfully Mr. Mund, this issue, although long in existence, has only been getting fuel over the last eight to 12 months with the two previous open houses and accompanying media coverage.

It’s hardly at fight level yet, although the bully attitude from our provincial government in this case is very strong. Is this all you have?

Further in the story, Mr. Mund is quoted as saying, “Sometimes you have to come to a compromise instead of fighting.” Really?

At both open houses, the people, the every day average citizens that travel that corridor, live in the area, are very familiar with the intersection and pay taxes, have overwhelmingly stated and argued for a light.

Is this how you serve these people or the people that voted you in, by demonstrating that all it takes is a little push from the schoolyard bully and you roll over or walk away?

You went from, “They are insulting our intelligence,” to, “We have to work with them.” Nice. Co-operation is good but only when all parties are equally co-operative and all intentions are visible

The Ministry of Transportation is represented in the story as having been collaboratively working with various stakeholders to improve the intersection at Stickle Road.

In an e-mail it states, “The ministry heard from the community through public feedback at open houses, that access needs, particularly from Stickle Road to 27th Street, need to be addressed. Since the open house in July, the ministry has been working with local government to explore options to address these concerns. We expect to be ready to present this follow-up work in the next few weeks.”

Typical political answer avoiding the dominance of those open houses. The message at the one in July, which I attended for three hours was, the light.

Again, I remind everyone reading this, the government is wasting your money proving to you, that they don’t want to listen.

If you were at the open houses or have even thought a bit about what they put in the media, their reasons for not wanting a light, do not hold water and they barely have any logical explanations if any at all, behind their reasons.

There are too many examples of their horrendous and contradictory mistakes on other highways and roads in this province, the most visible one being right up the road at 48th Avenue and Highway 97.

There are many great things that have improved safety and traffic mobility as well, but this is one place where I believe they are way off as do so many of you.

They don’t have any good explanations and hide behind this invisible wall as if nothing can touch them. They think that there are no consequences at all.

Why? Because we have let them. People, stand up for yourselves.

This is your money, not theirs. Stand up and be heard. It should be your way, your highway, not their way, their highway.

At the next open house, and in every opportunity, be heard.

 

Rory Ian White

Vernon

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