Attached: Letter from CRD Board Chair in response to letter from Esquimalt communicating the resolution from Esquimalt Council calling for the resignation of Capital Regional District (CRD) Vice Chair Denise Blackwell and the immediate removal of Director Blackwell from her positions with the CRD.
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June 26, 2013
Distributed by email
Mayor Barbara Desjardins and Council
Township of Esquimalt
1229 Esquimalt Road
Esquimalt, BC V9A 3P1
Dear Mayor and Council:
CALL FOR RESIGNATION OF CRD VICE CHAIR DENISE BLACKWELL
I am in receipt of your letter communicating the resolution from Esquimalt Council calling for the resignation of Capital Regional District (CRD) Vice Chair Denise Blackwell and the immediate removal of Director Blackwell from her positions with the CRD.
This is to advise Esquimalt Council that I have spoken with Director Blackwell about the circumstances surrounding the statements she made in an interview with the Times Colonist newspaper and the commentary and quotations that were reported. In the discussion I was also advised of the email message that Director Blackwell sent to you at 7:09 a.m. Thursday, following the publication of the paper, apologizing for the remarks attributed to her.
In my conversation with Vice Chair Blackwell she has informed me that she does not intend to resign. Further, as she is appointed as a director of the CRD by the Council of the City of Langford, it is not incumbent on me to ask her to resign from the CRD.
I am sure you will appreciate the extraordinary effort Chair Blackwell has been undertaking in her capacity as CRD Vice Chair, Chair of the Capital Regional Hospital District, Chair of the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee, Board liaison to the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Commission, and the steady number of inquiries she is fielding in relation to these responsibilities on our behalf.
Furthermore, I have advised Vice Chair Blackwell that I have full confidence in the role and position she is serving in for the CRD and that I will not be asking for her resignation. In her capacity as a CRD director Vice Chair Blackwell has not violated any provisions of the Local Government Act and, while she has apologized to you for her remarks, she clearly did not intend to offend Esquimalt or undermine the municipal rezoning process and the work of the Esquimalt Advisory Planning Commission.
As you know, in my role as Chair of the CRD, I will continue to strive for cooperation and collaboration among the CRD municipalities and electoral areas.
Chair, Capital Regional District Board
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