B.C. Official Releases 'Scathing' Report Criticizing Land Use Decisions

<p>B.C. Auditor General John Doyle released a scathing report this week claiming that officials have done a poor job of involving the public and looking out for their best interests.</p>
July 21, 2008, 8am PDT | Tim Halbur
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"In his report, Mr. Doyle reviewed a decision made in January, 2007, by then forest minister Rich Coleman to remove 28,000 hectares of private lands from three coastal tree farm licences. The lands belong to Western Forest Products, which has since provisionally sold 2,500 hectares on southwestern Vancouver Island to a private developer.

The decision has drawn the ire of First Nations, environmental groups and local land owners."

"Though the report contains no recommendations for specific improvement, it raises broad concerns about the leadership style of Premier Gordon Campbell's Liberal government, and about its willingness to consult the public on major decisions."

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Published on Thursday, July 17, 2008 in The National Post
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