I agree both with your editorial and a recent letter writer that civility is a virtue usefully to be practised in all walks of life, including municipal affairs.
It is not, however, an overriding or absolute virtue. Although the letter writer seems to think that virtues like integrity and fairness are mere inclusions in civility, I beg to disagree.
The Supreme Court of Canada, in a recent decision involving Mr. Groia, an Ontario lawyer, took the position that what amounts to improper incivility in any given case may well depend on the values that the alleged incivility is pitted against. In the Groia case the countervailing value was fairness, and it was fairness that prevailed.
The development process in Canmore has recently been characterized by a high court judge in the Peaks of Grassi dispute as seriously unfair to Canmore residents opposed to the proposed development – a fact which has not, I think, yet been mentioned or acknowledged in any article by any of your reporters or in any of your editorials.
Unfortunately, when Town administration and council behave, as they appear to me to do, as if the primary value that matters to them is the ability of developers and speculators to proceed largely as they wish regardless of any countervailing values, some may see this as a general course of unfairness that amply justifies some possible minor deviation from the strict canons of civility that the letter writer and your editorial would demand of his and your opponents, but not, it seems, of you or of himself, his company or its agents.