KVR and Area ‘H’ Communities

Posted on April 28, 2012

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Things have been quiet here and one might think that there is nothing happening in Area H. Well, luckily nothing catastrophic has occurred and political pressures have been low. But with our part time residents starting to return, we’ll no doubt see a rise in activity and discussion.

One thing that seems to be an issue these days is the motorized use of the KVR. The vision of a Trans Canada Trail for exclusive non-motorized use is a grand one, but seems to cause problems with many Area H residents and recreational users of the area. This discussion has been going on for several years and has often lacked intellectual, even democratic process. Hopefully we can do better in the future and not just pit different user groups against each other, but actually become informed about what the issues are, not what they are assumed to be.

Because of the overwhelming number of motorized vehicle users in some areas, there is a movement beginning in some communities to clarify the local stance on what the people would like there. The involvement of the KVR in this discussion is because it is seen by many as an important connector. It seems that few are denying the problems, but that there is a difference of opinion about which issues are more important. In other words, people still have different points of view.

Osprey Lake is one community which appears to be very pro ATV. They are putting out pamphlets which describe the problem and their solutions. Brookmere is starting to develop community policy, and the Coalmont Community Association has expressed a majority opinion on the topic. We will publish all these here as they are received.

It is important to note that although there is historical precedent, we should all be interested in moving forward. We have to. As we come to conclusions about how we can do this, it is also good to keep in mind that there can never be a consensus. No community statement can represent everyone, nor should a minority be ignored. The majority is not always right any more than the minority is always wrong. Only insight and understanding can help us sort that out.

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