Here's a hot one. Seems an apology from the RCMP isn't good enough. The fellow from Quebec, whose wife died from exposure after the couple skied out of bounds and got lost, is now suing Kicking Horse Ski Resort, the RCMP and the Search and Rescue people. I'll give him this, he's got guts.
No one ever asked the man for an apology, no one levied a fine against him for breaking the rules, and I don't recall anyone asking him for remuneration for all the time, money, manpower and machines used to locate and retrieve him and his wife. Everyone was too busy feeling sympathy for the fellow for the loss of his wife, and rightly so, but apparently the mourning period is over, and now it's finger pointing time. Unfortunately, this guy got his finger out first.
There are those who will argue and say the RCMP were too slow to react to the situation, even after spotting the S.O.S., and so are partly to blame for the woman's death.
The man from Quebec broke the rules, he skied where the resort warned him not to ski. Had he stayed in bounds, there would have been no need for the RCMP, Search and Rescue or anything else, the man could have gone home to Quebec with his wife, after a nice ski holiday. Instead he went out of bounds and it cost a life, now he is trying to assign blame. Unfortunately the blame for his wife's death is his and his alone. That is the hard reality he will have to live with, and no lawsuit, whatever the outcome will ever change that.
*** About 2 weeks ago, on a Saturday, I was picking something up for dinner at one of the local supermarkets. I had gone through the check out and was on my way to the exit when I ran into one of my favourite grocers. (I am loath to call him a "box boy", he is much too mature and too big to wear that appellation). He stopped me to ask if I play tennis. I told him that I didn't, he told me that he did. I asked if he was any good or if he played just for the exercise. He said that he played mostly for the exercise, but that it wasn't much fun playing, or rather trying to play, on courts that have not been maintained. The ball tends to take odd bounces whenever it hits one of the numerous cracks in the paved surface. There are no lines and there is a droopy net. Add these to the fact that you are putting your ankles in jeopardy running on a surface that is rough and rife with crevasses, and you can understand why he plays for the exercise, for surely it cannot be for the fun. It's a shame that the courts are not maintained at a playable level.
*** Parallel parking downtown. An intriguing idea, dumb, but intriguing all the same. To further add to the intrigue, only on one side of the street. If the people proposing this plan are not prepared to live here for the next 6 months, just to see how well it does or doesn't work, then someone (I doubt Town Council would) should ask them to take their show onto the next town, cause we're not buyin'.
By the time whoever is in charge around here is finished fooling around with the streets, the islands, the "No Left Turns" and who knows what else, the downtown will be a maze even the smartest rat will not be able to navigate.
Coming off the bridge from the north it looks like an easy left to get to the Big Dinosaur and the Tourist Information Office, but no, there's a big sign that says "Tourist Information - Turn Left at Second Avenue". Unfortunately there is no sign designating Second Avenue as such. Plenty of flashing crosswalk lights, and lots of concrete islands, just no sign. Of well, you can always go to 3rd Avenue, turn left there and left onto 1st Street, or go down Centre Street and turn left there. Of course there's nothing says you have to stop here at all, after all, CN no longer stops here.