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The facts are no accident

The trio of stupidity is now complete. I have been a witness to them all.

Two weeks ago, while having dinner on a patio in West Vancouver, we were exposed to the rantings of two smokers at the table nest to us. They were attempting to make excuses for throwing cigarette butts out the window of their car in the middle of the greatest fire hazard season in local recorded history. The best reason they could come up was that if they wanted to sell their car as a "non smoking" car they could not use the ashtray since it is impossible to get them clean enough to fool any prospective buyer.

Last week the news was all about the "squatters" in Stanley Park who caused a fire in a stump, potentially destroying the entire park. Their excuse… they were not aware of the extreme fire hazard and ban on all fire and smoking in the woods. My friends in Europe know about the freaking fire hazard. "I didn’t know, it was an accident"

These pathetic pleas were all preceded by our own Mr. Lambert’s cries that he didn’t mean to cause the loss of the million dollar donation to community health care. He was simply acting on his and his municipally-abused neighbours’ need for justice in this flagrant abuse of the public process during the rezoning application for the Nita Lake Lodge.

Now a prediction on the fourth act.

Mr. Lambert will no doubt make the same claims when he attempts to have the protection of the wetlands, which remain part of the rezoning deal, declared "not a relevant community benefit" to the process. All of this he claims to be an undertaking on behalf of and on the direction of the neighbourhood that he feels so akin to, as he overlooks it from his perch above the lake. If the wetlands are the latest victim of his righteous crusade, it will be an accident.

When that poor fella accidentally started the fire in Barriere this summer, it was an accident. He may not have been the smartest tack in the bag, but he was doing something he has probably done on his property 1,000 times before, putting a butt out in the dirt. He feels like a sack of my dogs’ morning droppings and probably gave up smoking with all the guilt he feels. That was an accident.

What is not an accident is the fact that the local health care system has been set back at least three years by Mr. Lambert’s self serving actions.

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