Regarding the front page Chronicle story of the May 29 issue, Dogpatch Solution dies in Parliament, Barron’s Canadian Law Dictionary defines ‘derelict as: A vessel [that] had been abandoned and deserted at sea by those who were in charge of it.’
The Chronicle erroneously states that 44 derelict vessels exist in Dogpatch. In reality there are few abandoned vessels in Dogpatch. The majority are legally moored and regularly tended.
Vessels which may be abandoned are monitored by Transport Canada, the lawful authority responsible for derelicts.
There seems to be endless up-shore hoopla emanating from individuals (including some staff of the Chronicle and Ladyship Town Council) claiming expert authority in an arena wherein they possess little understanding as to what is fact.
Dogpatchers continue to be legally moored and available to respond to critcal maritime situations: Which is why all vessels are immune against local and private interference under the Canadian Constitution.
Ladysmith’s unique industrial harbour provides year round employment to many. Dogpatch residents support local businesses 365 days per year and contribute countless hours of free volunteer time at the Ladysmith Community marina. Ladysmith would benefit better from recognizing and embracing Dogpatch as a unique asset.