July 07, 2007

Golf club as land settlement

In Vancouver, golf drives treaty concerns

Land-claims rally smothered by university tee-time tussleIn B.C., treaty talks generate sporadic interest at best, unless they involve the University Golf Club, smack in the middle of Vancouver's sleek and wealthy West Point Grey, home riding to Premier Gordon Campbell.

None of them have generated the kind of fuss created over news that the venerable university links are likely to be transferred to the Musqueam in a land settlement.

Some nattily attired golf naysayers are offended that their beloved tee times at the university club may eventually make way for Musqueam housing.

To which the question must be asked: What is more important, convenient tee times for the West Point Grey set, or housing for aboriginals with legitimate needs and a solid land claim?

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