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Marina a lesson for government

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Governments of all kinds must be tired of being told they have to improve consultation and ensure transparency when making decisions. B.C.’s ombudsperson, Jay Chalke, is the latest to deliver such a lecture, in a new report that takes the provincial government to task for the way it handled the lease of a Crown water lot in Victoria’s Harbour for the Victoria International Marina.

The $35-million, 28-slip marina is an important project to the city because it will change the harbour, offering moorage for vessels 65 to 175 feet in length and cramping what is already a tight waterway for commercial and recreational vessels, ferries, floatplanes, kayaks and other users.

Something that significant and controversial has to be handled fairly and openly, so the many competing interests are treated with respect.

“I think that the public needs to have confidence that when government is allocating a public resource, that the process for doing that is........

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