Tonight’s email to BC Housing and the District of Oak Bay:
Recently the CCN received documents from BC Housing as the result of an FOI request. These included Oak Bay United Church – Development Team’s recent submission to Housing BC: Community Housing Fund requesting grant funds (RFP 1070-1819/016 Submission), and other correspondence.
These documents stated unequivocally that the OBUC project have support from a Member of the Legislative Assembly.
From FOI 30-11318:
The project is […] supported by our MLA, (page 11)
MLA Andrew Weaver has indicated support (page 25)
MLA Andrew Weaver supports the proposal (page 89)
When a member of the CCN asked Dr. Weaver about these assertions, he responded:
“I am surprised that documentation would be submitted saying I was for any specific project in my riding. I am supportive of the general notion of building more affordable housing. It is inappropriate for me to single out a particular project to support or not support”
The need for affordable housing is not in question. The CCN is challenging the height, size and density of this design in our single-family neighbourhood. The lack of adequate parking and significantly increased traffic would have a major negative impact on our narrow neighbourhood streets.
Did the OBUC-DT hope to distract from these issues by falsely claiming an endorsement from a higher power?
When significant misrepresentations have been made in parts of submissions, doesn’t it cast doubt over the integrity of the rest of the OBUC-DT’s statements?