Mayor Baldwin: It’s Time to Appologize to the Citizens of White Rock!

Mayor Baldwin: You were wrong to call in RCMP into Council Chambers to initimidae seniors, and you were wrong about the Regional Growth Strategy legally obligating White Rock to grow. It is time to apologize!

First he threatens to call the RCMP to take Margaret Woods away when he does not get his apology for unspecified “offensive language” which did not happen, then he intimidates the seniors in the room by calling into Council Chambers armed uniformed and plainclothes RCMP Constables on five separate occasions so far this year alone.

Mayor Baldwin, Margaret Woods, and the RCMP face off over concerns about trees during a Sept 28th Public Hearing

Mayor Baldwin, Margaret Woods, and the RCMP face off at Sept 28th Public Hearing

Second, the Mayor misrepresented the facts about the Regional Growth Strategy, and when his own witnesses corrected him, he tried unsuccessfully to lead his own witnesses.

Metro Vancouver City Planners correct the Mayor about the Regional Growth Strategy. They make it clear that it is JUST a guideline, and that the OCP is the LAW!

Metro Vancouver City Planners correct the Mayor about the Regional Growth Strategy. They make it clear that it is JUST a guideline, and that the OCP is the LAW!

Now the Mayor claims that it is the Residents of White Rock that are misrepresenting the facts! See today’s Peace Arch News: Mayor Baldwin Rejects Petition Asking for his Resignation.

Sorry Mr. Baldwin but we just do not believe you. Yours is an infantile and vacuous argument, a story full of sound and fury, signifying Nothing. To first bully upstanding senior women followed-up by insulting residents is both juvenile and wrong.

Your behaviour is reminiscent of the School yard Bully: Having beating up a couple of kids in the playground, when the bully gets caught by the principal he claims that all those kids with the bloody noses are the real liars, even as the bully himself wipes the blood from his fists. Voters expect more from their Mayor.
Be a Buddy Not a Bully Mayor BaldwinEnough with the insults and unsupported claims, please present your 5-page “Legal Opinion” for all to see if it exists. How can anyone believe you when you have yet to present any supporting evidence to any of your claims, and even your own witnesses contradict you? Don’t be that Bully who lies to the principal, be the Mayor we all know you can be. White Rock deserves that.

The Mayor’s response? “I have absolutely no reason to resign”

For the Mayor to state this as the Accused, Judge, and Jury can only be described as a conflict of interest and makes a mockery of democracy in White Rock. Proper procedure would dictate that the Mayor step out of the room while the Deputy Mayor and City Council vote on whether the Petition asking for his resignation has any merit or not.

Mayor Baldwin rejects Petition asking for his Resignation stating: Absolutely No Reason to Resign. Some residents clearly disagree.

Mayor Baldwin rejects Petition asking for his Resignation stating: Absolutely No Reason to Resign. Some residents clearly disagree.

The Mayor says that the petition, which asks for the Mayor’s resignation over the Mayor’s statements that the Regional Growth Strategy legally obligates White Rock to grow by 7000 residents, “has no basis in fact”. Strange because the Fact is that this Petition is based on the Mayor’s own words.

Now the Mayor states in the Oct 7th Peace Arch News story that the RGS is only a guideline, contradicting his earlier statements, yet he insists that his previous statement that the RGS is legally binding is also the truth. The RGS cannot be both a simple guideline and legally binding at the same time. It’s not that complicated!

Was the Mayor correct to reject the petition calling for his resignation? Or should he have stepped out to let the rest of the Council decide? What do you think?

Where have all the trees gone?

With the RCMP and City Council now in the news due to Concerns raised by Citizens about Tree Loss in White Rock, it might be a good time to review. Best Practices for healthy cities state that the tree canopy for a city should be 40%. In White Rock, a recent estimate for White Rock is that our tree canopy currently sits at only 2%. Our City of Clearcut Trees

And more trees fall with every new development in White Rock. The Cressey on Vidal for example cut down 14 huge Douglas firs and a stand of large protected trees were cut to make room for the Evergreen Expansion on Oxford.

The clear-cutting of the Hump by city workers, despite recommendations from Transport Canada, cut down dozens of trees including at least six whose trunks measured three feet across and helped stabilize the slope according to a Transport Canada report.Marine Drive Clearcut

All these trees were protected by White Rock’s Tree Protection bylaw due to their size. To our knowledge, No fines were issued by the city to the developers involved, nor to the City Councillor who authorized the Hump Clear Cut.

If the fines were an actual deterrent, there would be fewer attempts at illegal, potentially unsafe work, and the city would save money on the administrative costs associated with having to respond to bad behavior. As well, there would probably be more trees standing. In Vancouver, about half the city’s tree canopy is on private properties, and as a result the city’s once amazing canopy area has shrunk to 18 per cent. Unbelievably, Toronto has a bigger tree canopy than Vancouver.”

bc-stopwork-hires02re1322White Rock is now being used by communities such as Gibson’s as a shining example of how development should NOT be done by a City! Our little City by the Sea is becoming famous as an example of a beautiful sea side down being destroyed by greedy developers and the City Council that they helped get elected. Communities throughout the BC Coast as far away as Norway and Australia have commented on how our problems mirror their own.

george-proposed Hotel and Condo for GibsonsThe issue of excessive development, affordable single family housing, and concerns over speculation of foreign investors driving up prices is wide spread throughout BC. Communities we have heard from include Nanaimo, Victoria, Parksville, Whistler, North Vancouver, Richmond, Tsawwassen, Delta, Vancouver, Surrey, White Rock, Port Moodie, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Kelowna, and of course Gibson’s.

Is your City’s Community and Affordability under attack by Excessive Development and Densification in the name of profits by a City Council that does not listen to residents? Let us know by leaving a comment.