Letter to the Editor: Community ethics

Richard Branson, when interviewed a while ago, was asked about ethics and business.

Dear Editor,

Richard Branson, when interviewed a while ago, was asked about ethics and business. His reply was “Business is just business: a scramble for profit. Right? Well, that might describe crime, it certainly doesn’t describe business. Ethics aren’t just important in business. They are the whole point of business.”

I have been involved with the Columbia Valley Recreation Advisory Council (CVRAC) Steering Committee to help administer and offer guidance for the process. The reason I started with the quote at the beginning of this letter is it points to what has been lost by some groups and people attending the meetings of the CVRAC – ethics!

The idea of bringing locals together to discuss problems, some conflicts and future needs for recreational use of the Crown land was hatched by locals. In good faith, many wanted to have this discussion and came to meetings. As expected, there were doubters and skeptics who were upfront with their concerns but have hung in there and are providing input. Then there are the unprincipled who have lost sight of community ethics. Some have written articles in the paper while others have sought to undermine a local process by various other means and outside influences. Is it for self esteem, want to suppress locals voicing their concerns or trying to dominate we “country bumpkins” — whatever it is, very concerning!

Our area is a great place to live and as the world moves to adding 2 billion more people by 2050 I can’t help but think how our community will be affected. I am not only concerned how our urban area will be shaped, but as well uneasy how our green spaces next to the community will be impacted and changed. That is the reason I believe so many local groups want to have this discussion on recreation use take place. To have a few narrow-minded and self-centred individuals try to take away that right is completely unacceptable. As much as I hope the community can retain its rural values in the future, we simply live in too nice an area so we need to lay down some guidelines and principles on how to use and respect our natural capital. It is both a need and a responsibility for a sustainable community.

“At every stage there is a threat of mutiny, of rebellious individualism that might destroy the collective spirit” — Matt Ridley, 1966.

Richard Hoar



Just Posted

The end of an Echo

Invermere Valley Echo shuts down operations in Columbia Valley

Creating a new narrative for Canal Flats

Economic development consultant hired, lists vision for next 90 days

UPDATE: Crews battle as wildfires rage in B.C. Interior

Crews brace for another day on B.C. firelines as no let up is likely

VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers

Wildfires continue to engulf regions of B.C.’s forests and communities.

VIDEO: More than 180 wildfires burning across B.C.

Firefighters from other provinces called in to assist

DTSS Grad March 2017

DTSS Grad March 2017

59 cats seized in Chase

59 neglected and injured cats were seized from a property in Chase

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dead at age 52

The singer/songwriter passed away early Thursday morning in Detroit

Paying tribute to a primeval passage

Uninterrupted celebrates the Adams River sockeye run in an extraordinary way.

UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds

In the past, the music festival located in Pemberton drew large crowds last year of 180,000 fans

Medical wait times cost B.C. patients $2,300 each

New Fraser Institute report places B.C. at second worst in costs associated with long wait times

UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert

Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars at about 10:35 p.m.

One in three Canadian high school students have rode with drinking drivers, study reveals

Nearly one in five rode with a driver who’d been smoking pot

Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records

A lower court judge ruled to destroy the stories after 15 years unless consent is given to preserve

Most Read