A week or so ago I dropped a note into the CBC's inbox and sent the same letter to our local newspaper. It followed the news that Victoria City Council was facing signficant and costly challenges to upgrade the city's building portfolio, after seismic issues and the cost of fixes were shared at a council meeting. The storyline suggested, incorrectly, that the last council was unaware of the issues and unprepared for the news.
Current councillors endorsed a motion to make sure consulting reports to the city were delivered and shared in a timely matter so council could consider costlier projects with the full knowledge of the pressures any new report might reveal about the city's financial challenges. The motion and the story were founded on something of a fiction about how much was known about some of the elements of the city's infrastructure deficit, a liability councillors have known about for years.
Here's the unaired, unpublished letter I wrote in response to the flurry of news stories that followed the motion and discussion at council.
Kudos to Lisa Helps and Marianne Alto on pushing for timely release of reports to city council on the details of our infrastructure deficit. They should know that a timely report to the last council began the discussion about the fate of the Johnson St. Bridge.