Letter re Gabriola Bridge Feasibility Study

Monday, December 15 2014

Dear Editor,

Just when I thought that I would have sugar plum fairies and reindeer dancing in my dreams, my Christmas reveries are now replaced with the spectre of Christmas’s to come on Gabriola: big box stores selling junk we don’t need; a Save On mega store instead of our Village Food Market; a Community Health Centre that stands empty as islanders flock to the big cities; and, a bridge across our shores, displacing home owners, and disrupting sea life, mariners and beachcombers.

It is no accident that the “feasibility” study is being done by a big business from Calgary, a group of so-called experts whose experience and credentials are bridges built in big cities - Calgary and Vancouver.

Gabriolans have come together over the years to provide for its citizens: a co-op service station; a credit union; a medical clinic; a seniors centre; a museum; and, a support system (People for a Healthy Community), to mention just a few. You can’t measure community spirit in $$. Dollars won’t buy the kind of community spirit that is alive and well on Gabriola, but it sure as hell can defeat it if we let it.

Bah, humbug! say I. 

~ Maureen Karagianis