Yes, â€œLetâ€™s talkâ€ as Mr. Anderson suggests [Advertisement, page A2, Dec. 2, Langley Advance].
But first, letâ€™s agree that there is no meaningful â€œtalkâ€ unaccompanied by â€œlistenâ€ â€“ that is, listening with an open mind and an open heart, listening with the possibility of hearing and accepting a well reasoned and respectfully spoken, â€œNo, I do not consent.â€
Clearly, the conversations with â€œBurnabyâ€ did not include the concerns of Burnabyâ€™s mayor, Member of Parliament, and numerous residents over Kinder Morganâ€™s assessment of what is in â€œthe best interests of the residents of Burnaby.â€
Nor did the assessments demonstrate any noticeable concern for â€œthe best interests of the First Nationsâ€ on whose unceded territory Kinder Morgan chose to do its work, or the trees in the gazetted conservation area it chose to cut down.
Communication is â€œa purposeful activity of exchanging information and meaningâ€ â€“ Wikipedia.
Communication alone does not bestow social license, political permission, or legal right.
Pardon my impudence, but wouldnâ€™t it behoove Mr. Anderson and others from Kinder Morgan Canada to bone up on their listening skills if they are indeed serious about continuing â€œopen relationshipsâ€ with local communities?
Susan Davidson, Aldergrove