Re: "New provincial dyke standards to hurt Richmond budget," News, Sept. 23.
I am very disappointed in the content and the tone of the article.
Provincial authorities are alerting residents by establishing more stringent dyke construction standards so that those living in areas prone to the effects of earthquakes and floods are safe.
I am certain that if the City of Richmond authorities have not started to speak with provincial and federal authorities about how to raise the funds from taxpayers to make these improvements as soon as practicable, they will be doing so in the near future.
Governmental authorities at all levels will be coming up with a plan to improve public safety from these very real dangers for many who live in B.C. and in other areas of Canada.
The article seems to imply that this is a budgetary exercise rather than an issue of where to obtain funds and how to set priorities.
I look forward to balanced reporting in the near future of concrete facts on the plan of how the estimated $180 million needed will be apportioned from city, provincial and federal budgets.