GREGORY HARTNELL: ‘Fortin and Council should pay more attention to the needs of the homeless and get the job done with the same urgency they have shown on the bridge issue’

VICTORIA CITY COUNCIL

SHOULD PUT FATE OF JOSEPH STRAUSS’S 

HISTORIC JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE

TO REFERENDUM WITH ELECTION IN 2011

 

Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin is resorting to desperate scare tactics in his stubborn opposition to the idea of a citizen-forced referendum on the fate of the Johnson Street Bridge.

“Fortin said if the City is forced to go to a referendum, the delay could add $8.8 million in borrowing costs over the life of the bridge,” according to a Dec. 23 article.

One wonders where Fortin dug up this number.

Does he have a crystal ball to forecast interest rates in the next 20 years?

Four days later, Fortin, elected to end homelessness in Victoria in 2008, said that “I don’t think I would ever commit to ending homelessness in six months.  

“It’s a seven- to 10-year plan.”

Try telling that to the cold, miserable and poor homeless.

Contrast that leisurely and complacent pace with the anxious urgency he says is necessary to demolish and replace Joseph Strauss‘s historic Johnson Street Bridge.

If Council is serious about helping the homeless, it should cancel the replacement of the heritage bascule bridge and put the fate of it to referendum in conjunction with the civic election in 2011.

In the meantime, Fortin and Council should pay more attention to the needs of the homeless and get the job done with the same urgency they have shown on the bridge issue.

As a letter urged on Dec. 29, “call a civic election over this issue.”

 

Gregory Hartnell

Victoria 

 

CCC BLOG reprint:

Victoria Times Colonist: timescolonist.com

Tackle homelessness, stop the bridge rush

Thursday, December 31, 2009

CCC

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