Bear Mountain Developer Bailout? FAIL

$32 million for the Interchange to Nowhere is a non-starter

Uh oh, looks like some prominent Vancouver Island condo kings can’t afford to pay for their massive new subdivisions. But wait, help is on the way! On March 12, Langford Council decided to make a formal request for a $32 million taxpayer bailout for the Bear Mountain Resort developers. What a relief - the landowners don't have to build the road to the resort! Taxpayers will do it for them! Hurrah! Except ...

It is illegal for a municipality to bestow a cash grant on a private company. Apparently there's this nitpicky little legal point the province has about preventing -- what do you call it? Oh, yeah, corruption and graft. Sorry.

Points for style, though! It takes a special kind of chutzpah to brag (loudly and constantly) that this fabulous new "infrastructure" (or amenity, or Local Area Service, or whatever you call it this week) will be 100% paid for by developers, and then turn around and beg for a federal bailout. Of course, the grant would have to be matched by municipal revenue, meaning taxpayers get soaked twice.

The best part was forbidding any public input about this project. A million points for brazen effort! But FAIL.

Langford Leaks: Top Secret Documents!
Secure – Anonymous – Confidential

Nasty: Langford Planner Won't Apologize for Legal Threats

Exposed: Why Langford's mayor, deputy mayor, and chief planner should resign.

Shocking: Letter from Langford planner Matthew Baldwin threatening legal action against a Gottengen University scholar for expressing her opinion.

SECRET: Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club's private membership list (Yes, Mayor Stew Young is a member of the $35,000 exclusive club!)

Classified Leak: Spencer Interchange Repayment Agreement
WARNING! 8 MB file. See page 94 - 111 for details about the interchange.

Big Rock Cocaine Mountain
~ a parable for our times ~
Once upon a time, in a place far, far away from Langford, an evil drug lord built a fortress on a mountain. Drugs are bad, m'kay? Don't do drugs. The end.

SPAET is native land. Read more about sacred caves and traditional practices at First Nations - Land Rights and Environmentalism.


  1. I am incredibly in awe of these three fine and upstanding citizens/servants of our community. I am wondering if you will be producing a commemorative plate line as my dog needs something to eat off of. Of course that would be the high-end souvenir. Probably, more in keeping with the economic situation these days, all us peons could afford would be the commemorative "pooper scooper". Also wondering if stew is sporting a sunburn?

  2. Wow, this site is a joke. It is cute and all, but lack any real substance. Generalizations and accusations are easy to throw around, but remember who the people voted for.
    Langford is a much better place than 10 years ago, a lot of that success is because of council and staff.

  3. Wanda, you may want to then provide that "evidence" that will hold up. At this point it is all allegations and speculation.

    I can make an allegation that the owner/administrator of this site had a bad relationship with on the the individuals you are trying to discredit. I heard they lost a contract bid and are upset at the city. Also, they kill puppies. -but the proof will come

  4. The "drug" insinuations are childish and pathetic. The picture of Java with the caption of Matthew Baldwin is quite mean and again utterly disrespectful. If you want to rally support for your cause maybe try using tactics that people won't find so offensive and feble as this page. Presenting real evidence and facts rather than opinions and hearsay will help further your cause.

  5. Caution: WTF Langford? may cause high blood pressure and other side effects when combined with certain medications. Not to be taken seriously. Please don't drink and blog.

    Also, drugs are bad, m'kay? Don't do drugs.

  6. You know, things is not the same as it used to be in these woods.
    Someone's throwing mud, and some y'alls is gettin yer knickers in a twist over it.
    Seems to me y'alls know who the bad guys are here, and it's not for mud slinging they be bad, but they can sling it.
    Muds the least of my worries. Some of us critters ain't had it so happy since some folks started to feeling they were in charge and in owning of this land.
    But nothings like it seems in these woods...

  7. You have the names and contact information for the members of Bear Mountain. That is an illegal posting of confidential information and could get you sued.
    As a member of BM those individuals do not want their private phone numbers posted on this site. It doesn't matter if this site is for fun, what you have done is against the Privacy Act and I hope you are sued for this violation.

  8. The suspense is killing us. Thanks for reading! Check back daily for fresh outrages!

  9. Consider this post to be every bit as anonymous as that of what appears to be a BM member on the "offensive", posted above:

    TRUE THEN, TRUE NOW, (exceptions noted largely in High Lands)

    Ambrose Bierce, close to a century ago, created the Devil's Dictionary.
    For example, his definitions include:

    CONSERVATIVE, n. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.

    HISTORY, n. An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.

    POLITICS, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

    POLITICIAN, n. An eel in the fundamental mud upon which the superstructure of organized society is reared. When he wriggles he mistakes the agitation of his tail for the trembling of the edifice. As compared with the statesman, he suffers the disadvantage of being alive.

  10. P.S. Against what privacy act? Hello?
    The BM names are posted right on an easily searched public website. All that the member list reveals is that on it there are certain names of those who apparently seem to have used elected office as a means to vote in favour of the corporation's vested interest whilst they were also entirely comfortable being members of that corporation at the very same time. Conflict? What conflict? This is not mob rule, this is rule by the mob. And pay back can be a real bitch.

  11. Drug insinuations are distasteful eh. How about that little place Len and his, MARRIED!!, cronies love to try and convince young girls to come and hang out with them in, that's right, The Grotto!! Don't ask, but I have heard from a few people that they have a little hang out called the Grotto up there on Bare Mt.. Now why would a married man be inviting young girls to a place called the Grotto? I wonder. Before you say anything, this has been told to me by a few girls I know that work at the different golf courses around town and pubs where Barrie and his cronies hang. This story has been shared by people around town, as in, we all know what the boys on Bare Mt. are all about. They are creeps with a capital C.

  12. Not much of a secret is it? I too have heard of this secret party room, accessible only through a dumbwaiter chute, through someone who has had to clean up afterwards.

    I only moved to Langford just over a year ago and immediately started to hear stories about these shenanigans. I'm actually looking forward to the day that I see a for sale sign in front of "Happy Gilmour's" House of Delusion sitting there like a blight on the landscape at the top of the mountain. With the negotiations going on to sell the resort to foreigners, can this be far off? Good riddance to bad rubbish - and couldn't he take the rest of the bad apples with him? When a certain city councillor show up at my door at election time looking like a short and rotund trucker (baseball jacket and cap),I wonder what kind of farce I have bought into, especially when she got voted back in handily. I wonder if she gets invited to the parties, not being post-pubescent and perky.

    My neighbours and I have had many good laughs with the antics of those in power here. Shades of Snidely Whiplash! Can't wait to see what the next installment brings!