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Sam Salmon

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Terrible News From Mission
« on: November 17, 2008, 10:36:10 AM »

Well the worst possible thing to happen in Mission has happened-the pro development slate has won every council seat and the paving of Silvermere is that much closer.The only real hope the opponents have is worsening economic conditions might slow things down/have them grind to a halt for a while.In the end of course most of the valley will be paved over one way or t'other-after all that's progress. ::)

http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/Municipal-Politics/2008/11/15/MissionResults/

Mission elects pro-development slate to council

By Sean Casey November 15, 2008 11:00 pm

Pro-development candidates won every council seat tonight in Mission, home to the ongoing Silverdale controversy.

Of the five incumbent council members who ran for re-election, only Scott Etches was not returned to power. He and retiring councillor John Pearson will be replaced by development-friendly candidates Danny Plecas and Mike Scudder.

Etches said his refusal to focus only on the development issue during his campaign contributed to his defeat. Etches claimed the election results were a sign that Mission residents are tired of the Silverdale question.

"Voters responded very clearly that the people of Mission want the development to move forward. The people who said that they were against the development said they wanted a referendum. This is their referendum."

Silverdale, a rural community in southwest Mission, has been site of a multi-year battle between local activists and major developers. A proposed project by Genstar and Madison corporations would see the urbanization of Silverdale, transforming the forest landscape into a new suburbia.

Advocates for the development claim it will provide thousands of new homes and jobs. Activists fighting the housing plan say it is not sustainable, and that Mission council has abdicated too much of its responsibilities onto developers.

A recent public hearing was held to approve bylaws that would allow the development to proceed. The hearing, scheduled to last for one day, ran for six long sessions before being recessed by the council until after the election.

The atmosphere was calm and cordial in Mission council chambers when the results were announced tonight. But it was a different scene over in Silverdale.

Citizens Against Urban Sprawl Society (CAUSS) -- the lead activist group against Genstar and Madison -- held an election party in the community's cedar log heritage hall. The music was still blasting late into the night, despite the defeat of the group's three activist candidates.

Tracy Lyster, spokesperson for CAUSS, said the battle over Silverdale was far from over.

"Scott Etches is incorrect when he says the results indicate that the people of Mission want to move forward with this development," Lyster said. "Virtually all of the people that ran in this election promised responsible planning. The citizens of Silverdale have asked that council heed the recommendations of the senior environmental ministries, to hire a project manager, and to ensure responsible planning is done. If that's what the new council plans to do, then let's see it."

Incumbent Mayor James Atebe was re-elected tonight in a landslide, defeating his only rival by a margin of 4:1.

The Silverdale public hearing resumes on December 9th, a week after the new council will be sworn in.
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Re: Terrible News From Mission
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2008, 12:05:24 PM »

With the lowest number of people voting, it's a shoe in for any special interest group. This time pro development wins over fish habitat. Next time it will be the same as well. Most guys don't vote and that goes for the ones fishing as well. Unfortunate reality.
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Re: Terrible News From Mission
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2008, 12:42:12 PM »

Though development is not good for environment.  But this also shows people of Mission felt left out and their econ is just in a bad shape and they want change.
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Re: Terrible News From Mission
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2008, 03:16:10 PM »

The only way to stop development is to reduce the number of people.
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Re: Terrible News From Mission
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2008, 04:15:25 PM »

The only way to stop development is to reduce the number of people.


Exactly.

You cant stop progress. Do you not think there was wildlife living where you live before your house was built? Regardless if your house is 70 years old or recently built at one time there was habitat that was destroyed for you to have your home.
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Re: Terrible News From Mission
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2008, 08:23:52 AM »

Yes but it is not neccessay that they build there they could build elsewhere.  I think in this day and age we need to protect places like this from further development.
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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2008, 09:28:54 AM »

If not there then where?
It is a no brainer to build there.
There isnt anywhere else and its next on the list.
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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2008, 09:44:57 AM »

Yes but it is not neccessay that they build there they could build elsewhere.  I think in this day and age we need to protect places like this from further development.

OK so where in Mission do they build that wont destroy any type of habitat and I am not just talking fish habitat. You have to consider all wildlife.
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