Comment: North Cowichan forestry appointment makes sense – Times Colonist

by ahnationtalk on August 14, 201968 Views

Larry Pynn’s commentary could leave a casual reader with some wrong impressions of the role played by Cedar Elliott, the operations manager for Khowutzun Forest Services (KFS) with respect to his membership on North Cowichan’s Forest Advisory Committee.

In spite of Pynn’s insistence that there is “no reason to think [Elliott] is not a good and honourable man and a qualified individual who means the best for his people and can fairly contribute to deliberations of the FAC,” the article certainly leaves the impression — echoed repeatedly on social media since the Times Colonist posted this op-ed piece online — that Elliott has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Nothing could be further from the truth.

First of all, as the article rightly identifies, KFS generated total revenues of around $5 million last year. Just under $13,000 of that came from their silviculture work in North Cowichan’s Municipal Forest Reserve. That’s about a quarter of one per cent of KFS’s total revenue. So in its proper perspective, the “cookie jar” is actually the size of a very small thimble.

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