I wish to apologize to Mr. George Finlay for insinuating in a letter to the editor, published in the Comox Valley Record of Jan. 23, that he was a member of the Common Sense group.
I do not know Mr. Finlay personally nor do I know who the members of the Common Sense group are.
Mr. Finlay has stated my “allegations have adversely affected his reputation and lowered the esteem in which he is held in the community” by associating his name with this “shadowy group which has been seriously tarnished in the Comox Valley because of its lack of accountability and refusal to identify its membership or leadership.”
I sincerely apologize for drawing that faulty association. The pairing of Mr. Finlay’s name with the Common Sense group, which “has been substantially discredited in the local media,” was neither accurate nor fair.
However, I stand by the other contents of my letter.
The singling out of Ronna-Rae Leonard and Doug Hillian, two people who have worked to resolve the housing crisis for all homeless citizens of the Comox Valley, not just those at Maple Pool, was unfair and unproductive toward finding a solution to a very real problem.