Buses with seats and cargo could solve two needs at once

The Province - - EDITORIAL -

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

— THE CANA­DIAN PRESS FILES

Grey­hound Canada will shut down most of its op­er­a­tions in West­ern Canada this Oc­to­ber.

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