Buses with seats and cargo could solve two needs at once
Withdrawal of Greyhound service from western Canadian routes seems to mean that many people, especially in rural areas, have been thrown under the fading bus. A government solution isn’t too difficult.
Across Canada, Canada Post delivers to large and small communities at least three times a week. Provincial governments have no problem getting alcohol to retailers in large and small communities. There are other public and private delivery services making sure that goods and services of all kinds are being provided to large and small communities in a timely manner.
In future, governments should buy buses with seats in the front and cargo in the back. That would provide a way to deliver people between communities. Murray Gamble, North Delta Girl’s murder a sad, sad story
Reading the story about the murder of seven-year-old Langley girl Aaliyah Rosa felt like someone had shot a poison arrow through my heart.
It’s bad enough when parents have to bury their children due to a house fire or freak accident, but murder? What did this child do to deserve that? She will no doubt be missed in September at school.
May God bless Aaliyah. Andre Mollon, Victoria Too much ‘white, liberal guilt’
After reading the comments of Vancouver park board chairman Stuart Mackinnon concerning Stanley Park and Vancouver’s beaches all being “unceded lands” and still First Nations territory, I think that he suffers from massive amounts of white, liberal guilt.
He can apologize all he wants on his own behalf, but not via the park board. The board’s mandate is the care of Vancouver’s parks, playgrounds and beaches — not to deal with historical injustices.
Right now, Trout Lake is closed to the public — polluted by dog owners and their pets at the north end and by Canada geese at the south end, where the small public beach is. Swimming there is over for this year.
The board refuses to move the geese or break their eggs and the geese are breeding there, yet Mackinnon is concerned about “settlers/colonizers” treading on “unceded lands.” Perhaps he could give himself some ease by leaving these “unceded lands.” Mike Tropp, Vancouver Let’s end paper receipts
Let’s ban receipts. The world has to fight the waste and one thing I’ve noticed in Vancouver is the amount of paper I get every time I pop to the shops — the ink is likely as unhealthy as the paper being wasted.
We live in a digital world, let’s embrace it and stop having automatic paper receipts. Send it by email. Simon Im, Vancouver For many, sober living is best Re: Need drug treatment?
Too often, our incoming clients have had the same experience as Josh McDearmid. Some of the resources out there don’t give people direction to treatment or recovery because they don’t believe in treatment.
Unfortunately, too many people in high places have this attitude about treatment and recovery, but it works for many people.
Since 1996 our organization has helped more than 1,000 people get to sober living and become productive members of society. We offer broken people the ultimate “harm reduction” — sober living.
There are many other well-run non-profits out there doing the same types of programs and offering people hope for recovery.
Governments at all levels need to recognize the valuable work these organizations do and invest a little more money in this type of drug therapy.
It’s a lot more cost-effective than some of these other “medical” models and it gives people hope and saves lives. Rob Thiessen, Hope for Freedom Society, Port Coquitlam
Greyhound Canada will shut down most of its operations in Western Canada this October.