The Province

Discounted monthly passes might fill Surrey park-n-ride


TransLink had great revenue plans for their pay park-n-ride in South Surrey, but took for granted that their regular commuters would be happy to line up and wait and wait and wait to pay $2 every single day to park there.

Why aren’t discounted monthly passes available? It’s another example of Trans Link’ sentrenche­d policy of “ready, fire, aim.”

Lauretta Bell, Surrey

No interrupti­ons

Who says the new park-n-ride expansion in South Surrey isn’t being used?

I saw a group of young men playing street hockey there recently. No need to worry about cars coming along to interrupt their game!

Joan Bateman, Surrey

Distinctio­n needed

I’m a little tired of seeing the words “out-of-bounds” used interchang­eably with “backcountr­y” ski and snowboardi­ng in the media when a search-and-rescue event is reported.

This distorts the line between casual and under-equipped riders who duck under the ropes in search of fresh lines, and those who prepare and equip themselves with adequate self-rescue and navigation gear whose sole purpose is to ascend and descend a mountain on their own.

Both deserve free rescue or assistance if they require it, but only one deserves to be reported about with a negative tone.

Jim Nosella, Burnaby

Children are the losers

I would like someone to calculate the cost to the B.C. economy of 30 years of failing to appropriat­ely address the educationa­l needs of our children. Then compare it with the dollars spent by the government and the teachers’ union fighting with each other.

The big losers are B.C. children. All the adults involved in this crazy battle should hang their heads in shame!

Wendy Thorburn, Delta

Fed up with teachers

This letter is directed to B.C. teachers.

Most of you received your education in a class of 30 to 35 students and it seems you all managed to graduate and go on to university.

Now that you are teachers with a class of 30 to 35 I suggest you do the job you were hired to do. If you cannot handle this, it must be time to change profession­s. I for one am tired of you holding the children up for ransom and threatenin­g job action every time you do not get your way.

Bonnie Mitchell, Vernon

Playing political games

I don’t know why letter-writer Mike Ward is so upset with Prime Minister Stephen Harper for shunning the Sochi Games.

Had the prime minister praised the Games, his critics would have seen it as part of his secret agenda against gay people.

It would appear that it is Ward who is playing political games here.

John Clench, Vancouver

Her own business

What Transit Police Const. Tabatha Swadron does on her own time, as long as it’s legal, is her business.

Also, I absolutely buy the firefighte­rs calendar every year to support their charity. I use it daily.

I think the public needs to grow up and start worrying about important things such as getting jobs, sweeping drugs from our streets and keeping our kids safe. Those are things to worry about.

Leave Swadron alone. She’s beautiful and there is nothing wrong with what she did.

Elizabeth Gillis, Mission

We’ll take Swadron

Leave Const. Tabatha Swadron alone. If you don’t want her down there, we’ll take her up here.

Roger Scott, Penticton

Defending fracking

Hydraulic fracturing is a controlled, planned process, completed by trained profession­als that is subject to government regulation­s and industry operating practices.

Contrary to what the Parfitt-Hughes article suggests, more than 175,000 wells have been hydraulica­lly fractured in B.C. and Alberta over the past 60 years without a documented case of harm to drinking water.

Shale-gas and tight-gas resources currently developed in B.C. using horizontal wells with multistage hydraulic fracturing require 5,000 to 100,000 cubic metres of water per well, depending on geology. A well is typically fractured once and will produce natural gas for 20 to 30 years.

Approved short-term water use for gas and oil activities, which is subject to regulatory and scientific scrutiny, is less than one per cent of mean annual run-off of any individual river or basin in B.C.

Water is a valuable resource and protecting it is a key priority for industry. The operating practices for hydraulic fracturing support the disclosure of fracturing fluid additives and the developmen­t of fracturing fluid additives with the least environmen­tal risks. They also identify sound well-bore design and constructi­on as fundamenta­l to protecting groundwate­r.

 ?? — JENNELLE SCHNEIDER/PNG FILES ?? TransLink’s unused $4.5-million parking lot in Surrey won an award for wasteful spending.
— JENNELLE SCHNEIDER/PNG FILES TransLink’s unused $4.5-million parking lot in Surrey won an award for wasteful spending.

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