Looks like I have another public meeting to look forward to in the near future. This is yet another serious environmental and incredibly large-scoped project has quietly slipped into the local news with some tragic timing - not even a week earlier and this would have fallen onto the press room floor for an Olympics story. A paltry sum of money has been printed on the wilderness surrounding Sooke and Jordan river following a land parcel sale by Western Forest Products, and, like the marina and other hustled-in land sales, not even one person in the organizations involved in the sale know what's happening. Now some figures in government are trying to slow the freight train down and see if this land can be put in trust. I have to agree with Anderson on his stance about "increasing irrationality" in public policy on the Island. I'm hoping that if we keep packing the rooms on stuff like this, someone might get a hint.

The public meeting, organized by the Jordan River Steering Committee and Dogwood Initiative, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday [March 3, 2010] at SJ Willis auditorium, 923 Topaz Avenue.

Speakers include Husband, Chief Gordon Planes of T’Sou-ke First Nation, Calvin Sandborn of University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre and Arnie Campbell of the Otter Point and Shirley Ratepayers Association.

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