Is­su­ing so­cial li­cences has ca­reer po­ten­tial

Times Colonist - - Comment -

Re: “Dream tun­nel fix turns into a mi­rage,” col­umn, Sept. 14. It ap­pears that our new pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is de­ter­mined to dra­mat­i­cally add to our emis­sions of pol­lu­tants as well as green­house gases by de­lay­ing or prob­a­bly can­celling the Massey Tun­nel re­place­ment bridge. More years of con­ges­tion, frus­tra­tion and idling ve­hi­cles will only make our air qual­ity worse. Where is the Green Party when we need them?

Ap­par­ently, the Massey Tun­nel re­place­ment lacks “so­cial li­cence.” To ad­dress this prob­lem, the gov­ern­ment should es­tab­lish a So­cial Li­cence Bureau so that the un­em­ployed con­struc­tion work­ers from the bridge project and the likely-to-be-can­celled Site C dam can have jobs pro­cess­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for “so­cial li­cences” for any con­struc­tion projects or other wealth-cre­at­ing pro­pos­als, such as min­ing, pipe­lines, forestry, hous­ing de­vel­op­ments and hy­dropower dams. Eric Nielsen Vic­to­ria

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