Mr. Tom Fletcher of the Black Press thinks the Clarklandians in general, and the Minister responsible for parks, Ms. Mary Polak, have been given an undeserved rough ride recently re: problems in public provincial parks:
Wealthy foreigners snapping up the best properties at premium prices, and then in some cases using them only in prime times.
Occupancy permits trading on classified websites, even rumours of resellers working the passing traffic like rock concert scalpers. The B.C. Liberal government maintains the problem is primarily a lack of supply, and vows to build more.
It’s B.C.’s other real estate crisis, campsite spaces. And mostly it is a summer-time media invention.
An urban radio station poll last week asked if there is something wrong with BC Parks’ online campsite reservation service, and more than 80 per cent of participants agreed there was.
They’re likely misinformed about what is wrong, especially if they’re going by the exaggerated or flat-out false information they’ve heard as this issue was inflated into a national story...
Mr. Fletcher then goes on to note the 'fact' that one tour company does not flip reservations.
And then Mr. Fletcher concludes that all the kerfuffle heaped upon Clarklandia has been nothing more than misguided codswallop dredged up from the 24 "hour social media gossip swamp".
Except Mr. Fletcher, while dodging the actual problem that got people really upset on social media, neglected to mention all that post-reservation 'scalping' that has been going down as reported in both the (swamp-free?) broadcast and public print media.
And what's more...
At the very end, when Mr. Fletcher finally gets to the real problem, a problem that has arisen directly from 15 years of BC Liberal government inaction, he writes the following:
...Environment Minister Mary Polak says creating more campsites in B.C. parks is the ultimate answer. Of course that will attract protests about paving paradise to put up a parking lot...
Wonder where Mr. Fletcher got that 'pave-paradise-parking lot-protest' idea?
Given that the (evidence and/or past performance-free) spectre of environmentalists/tree huggers protesting the construction of new campsites was first raised by Ms. Polak 'herself' in an 'Op/Ed' government prop piece, one has to wonder if any PAB-Bots have beenwhispering swamp-myth busting 'facts' in any local proMedia Club members ears in an attempt to get them to write them a pushback piece?