Here is a developer that ignores public perception. On Christmas Day, while enjoying a walk through Garry Point Park, I came across a carefully positioned Onni sign along a well-used foot path describing Onni's current waterfront development project in Steveston.
The sign was carefully attached to a stand that had been originally used to highlight the Wind Wave sculpture and, thus, clear for all to see. A public park is no place for such advertising. The Onni project described on the sign is certainly no sculpture. I often walk by the same sign as it appears at their construction site.
I contacted Onni on this matter, and the response I got from a company representative suggested he did not know where Garry Point Park was. He claimed that the sign in question was only "an information sign" and attached to the fence at their construction site, which is some distance from Garry Point Park. The apparent claim of denial that Onni had anything to do with their sign appearing in the park where I photographed it portrays arrogance at the highest level. Onni owes the public an explanation, since it's Onni's sign. Who put it in the park and for what purpose if not Onni?
Public parks are no place for developers. Perhaps Onni is suggesting that Garry Point Park is ready for development.
This park must be held sacred for all to enjoy.
Alan Johnson Richmond
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