By Mike Archer. Editor’s Note:: Some comments got lost in the ether on this column so, having retrieved them, we are bringing it back to the front for any more discussion our readers may want to have.
17/10/13 – 11:12
We used to run photos of the enormous gravel pit gap that has been created on the north side of Sumas mountain. Now the south side is starting to show the results of decisions by the BC Liberal government – Randy Hawes – the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) – John Les, Patricia Ross, Sharon Gaetz – and the City of Abbotsford – George Ferguson, Patrica Ross and Council – to basically give Sumas mountain to the gravel companies.
The permanent scars are not visible from the City of Abbotsford proper nor from Abbotsford City Hall or the FVRD offices over in Chilliwack. But you can certainly see them if you drive through the Sumas Prairie or along Highway 1 to Chilliwack.
The enormous chunk that has been taken out of the north side of the mountain is best seen from Mission, especially if you drive from Mission to Agassiz.
John Les, Patricia Ross and Sharon Gaetz all consider themselves environmentalists and both Ross and Gaetz rely heavily on the public’s perception, promulgated by the old newspaper media, that they care for the environment. Take a drive sometime and look what they’ve done to what was once a pristine piece of wilderness. Look what they’ve done to the homes of the people who opposed amalgamation with Abbotsford because the City desperately needed the revenue from the destruction of Sumas Mountain.
Imagine what would have happened if those in charge didn’t consider themselves environmentalists.