Shouldn’t we talk before mutilating forest ecosystem?

Dear editor,

Recently, DND indicated they were engaged in ongoing negotiations with Cape Lazo property owners for ongoing negotiations.

Dear editor,

Recently, DND indicated they were engaged in ongoing negotiations with Cape Lazo property owners for ongoing negotiations.

The only “negotiations” that have been going on between DND and the Wireless Road/Kye Bay Road property owners have been in the media.

Property owners requested a meeting with Col. Benninger — no response. They’ve made enquiries through other parties to try to facilitate a meeting — no luck.

Any flight safety issue that might have existed over the last 30 years by reason of the trees has been resolved by the recent increase in aircraft operating altitudes. Flight safety has been achieved, so it’s time to discuss the real issue.

The remaining issue arises out of Transport Canada’s recent insistence on clearing trees based on antiquated zoning regulations. This has resulted in a perceived conflict between passenger convenience/commercial airline industry profits on the one hand vs. the environmental values of a vulnerable heronry and habitat on the other hand.

The effect upon convenience and economics has not yet been determined and is based only upon speculation at this point. Alternatives to tree cutting such as better technology may offer a way out of the impasse and should be investigated.

The effect upon the trees and herons has been assessed by biologists who have expressed grave concern about the impact of tree removal and topping on the herons and the future of the remaining forest.

Wouldn’t it be a lot better to have a full discussion of the issues and all the facts on the table before taking the drastic step of mutilating a valuable forest ecosystem? Wouldn’t it be better if all reasonable alternatives are examined fully with input from all interested parties?

Wouldn’t it be better to ensure that all parties are fully informed on their legal obligations under the Aeronautics Act before any irrevocable steps are taken?

That’s all that the property owners have asked for from the beginning.

Robert Argall,

Comox

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson outlines the province’s three-year budget in Victoria, April 20, 2021. (B.C. government video)
B.C. deficit to grow by $19 billion for COVID-19 recovery spending

Pandemic-year deficit $5 billion lower than forecast

Co-ordinator/founder David Clarke, right, is pictured with members of Comox Valley Street Outreach during Monday’s rig dig. Scott Stanfield photo
Comox Valley group aims to stop overdose deaths, reduce stigma

As the overdose crisis worsens throughout B.C., a local advocacy group is… Continue reading

London Drugs now taking COVID-19 bookings. Screenshot, London Drugs
Courtenay London Drugs now taking COVID-19 bookings

A number of locations in Western Canada selected to give vaccine

A wildfire has started near Gold River, and B.C. Wildfire Service crews are on scene. Photo courtesy Coastal Fire Centre
Wildfire burning in remote area near Gold River

Coastal Fire Centre investigating cause, but confirms it is human-caused

Volunteers paint the famous Denman Island Graffiti Fence with messages for Earth Week. Photo by Danni Crenna
Denman Island celebrates Earth Week

The Denman Island Climate Action Network (DICAN) has kicked off Earth Week… Continue reading

FILE – NDP Leader John Horgan, right, and local candidate Mike Farnworth greet one another with an elbow bump during a campaign stop in Coquitlam, B.C., on Friday, September 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. won’t be using random individual road stops to enforce travel rules: Safety Minister

Minister Mike Farnworth says travel checks only being considered at major highway junctions, ferry ports

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. announces historic half-billion-dollar funding for overdose crisis, mental health

Of it, $152 million will be used to address the opioid crisis and see the creation of 195 new substance use treatment beds

Children’s backpacks and shoes are seen at a CEFA (Core Education and Fine Arts) Early Learning daycare franchise, in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday May 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. budget to expand $10-a-day child care, but misses the mark on ‘truly universal’ system

$111 million will be used to fund 3,750 new $10-a-day spaces though 75 additional ChildCareBC universal prototype sites over the next three years.

Mak Parhar speaks at an anti-mask rally outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Parhar was arrested on Nov. 2 and charged with allegedly violating the Quarantine Act after returning from a Flat Earth conference held in Geenville, South Carolina on Oct. 24. (Flat Earth Focker/YouTube.com screenshot)
Judge tosses lawsuit of B.C. COVID-denier who broke quarantine after Flat Earth conference

Mak Parhar accused gov, police of trespass, malfeasance, extortion, terrorism, kidnapping and fraud

Ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Hospitals are seeing record numbers of COVID-19 patients more than a year into the pandemic. (The Canadian Press)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate declines, 849 cases Tuesday

Up to 456 people now in hospital, 148 in intensive care

Most Read