In today's Spec, columnist Andrew Dreschel characterizes the varying opinions about LRT, a "phoney war". (click here to see it, or buy today's print copy) It appears that Dreschel bases this on his observation that the overt critics of the LRT design on council, which are identified as Clrs. Collins, Skelly and Whitehead, have not yet determined what they will do about their concerns. Thus, the lull equates to a "phoney war".
While we have tremendous respect for Mr. Dreschel and our friends at The Spec, and many times find ourselves in agreement, we don't see things the same way on this one.
To his credit, Dreschel summarizes what Clrs. Collins, Skelly and Whitehead are anticipating prior to them making a determination as to what form their concerns will take. And when you read that summary, the take away seems to be that there are sound reasons why the councillors would elect to hold their next moves at this point.
Dreschel's article is dead on, except for the phoney war label. With the stakes this high, words and actions have to be measured. Throwing grenades over the wall to see what might happen, is ordinarily not a good idea.