Variances opposed

Resident questions the regional district's actions regarding a business

The Nov. 20 issue of The Morning Star reports that the Regional District of North Okanagan has approved variances for construction at North Enderby Timber on Highway 97A . The reasons quoted for approval include, “They are a larger employer,”  and “They are a great corporate citizens and this is another step towards them operating more efficiently.”

I must be missing something, about three things in fact. Operating more efficiently must mean operating more profitably by avoiding cost normally associated with the operation of such a company. And being a larger employer I thought would mean that their larger size would allow them to absorb such costs.

But most importantly, being a good corporate citizen to me would mean they should willingly step up to meet requirements. Does this mean that only poor corporate citizens should be made to follow rules? I am told that North Enderby Timber is a very profitable company, which is a good thing.

I believe they can and should willingly follow the rules set out for operating their business at the Highway 97A site.

Peter Vander Sar

Mara