Originally Published on Cortes Radio.ca
By Roy L Hales
On June 6, 2019, Chair Michele Babchuk and three members of the Strathcona Regional District staff caught a water taxi from Campbell River to Cortes Island. Around 80 local inhabitants were waiting for them in Mansons Hall. I doubt anyone could have guessed what was to follow. The resulting Cortes Island Hall Tax consultation was refreshing.
Listening to the audio, hundreds of miles away at a family gathering, I was amazed to hear all the joking and applause. There was room for every question and comment, regardless of the speaker’s leaning or opinion. This seems to be exactly the kind of conversation the island needs!
Kudos to Chair Michele Babchuk, Chief Administrative Officer David Leitch, Senior Manager Tom Yates, Parks & Planning Manager Aniko Nelson and Regional Director Noba Anderson for being candid.
Kudos to everyone who stepped up to ask questions or make a comment: Maureen Bader, Wilson Baker, Rick Bockner, Rob Chapman, De Clarke, Andy Ellingsen, Sue Ellingsen, Peter Henbury, Priya Huffman, Becky Knutson, Ron Kroeker, Wendy Legare, Yifan Li, Carol London, Cec Robinson, Christine Robinson, John Sprungman, Unknown (did not speak into the mic), Cali Waddell, and Ashley Zarbatany.
For anything more than that, listen to the podcast above.
The recording was made by Sean Coyote and edited by Roy L Hales