Politicians should get on board

Editor:

Re: Impassioned pleas over coal, July 4 letters.

Residents call on elected representatives from various levels of government to support positions on train traffic.

Residents call on elected representatives from various levels of government to support positions on train traffic.

Editor:

Last week, I finally saw what all the fuss is about.

I was down at the waterfront around 10 a.m. and watched a very long empty coal train go by. Next came a short passenger train. Next, another coal train, this one 122 cars in length, each one containing uncovered coal.

The time frame: one and a half hours.

I do hear the train whistle occasionally. The last time was two blasts from the whistle at 6 a.m. this morning.

So what this seems to be saying is that no matter what protests are put forth, they are falling on deaf ears. Port Metro Vancouver, along with the federal government, have their minds already made up. To hell with what the majority may feel, this is business and business is money!

Enter our MP Russ Hiebert (Community being heard over coal, July 2). As our representative for this area, now would be a good time for him to step up to the plate and speak on our behalf. Fifty jobs should not be part of the criteria for allowing this obscenity to become a reality.

It is folly to even consider more trains to become  such an integral part of such a high tourist area. Health, safety and the environment should be of paramount concern.

Fran Manary, Surrey

• • •

An open letter to Surrey-White Rock MLA Gordon Hogg.

I am very concerned about the possibility of increased coal trains running through our neighbourhood. As our representative, I am curious to know what your position is on this situation, as well as the position of your party.

There seems to be a lot of coverage in the media about pipelines running through the wilderness in northern B.C., while we have companies trying to run 20+ coal trains a day through residential neighbourhoods, and I have yet to hear you or your leader raise any concerns.

I realize it is good politics to play the game around “big oil” but, let’s be honest, an oil spill – while having negative economic impacts – will have little to no long-term health repercussions for citizens of B.C. Coal trains through residential neighbourhoods, on the other hand, will impact people’s lives immediately and every day.

I attended a forum and was informed of the considerable health risks associated with this activity in return for limited economic benefits. I am very pro business and do not oppose activities that benefit the province as a whole, but it seems a little strange that we would allow the U.S. to transfer their issues to us.

These train tracks run past hundreds of homes as well as numerous schools. It seems to be a very shortsighted plan that is benefiting a few at the expense of many.

David Prodanovic, Surrey

• • •

The Quebec tragedy should raise serious concerns regarding train traffic through White Rock.

Some time ago, I wrote to the city, asking what goods went through White Rock besides the coal, and I was referred to Transport Canada. The standard response from the city is that they have no jurisdiction over length of trains, their noise levels and what they carry, and that everything is regulated by Transport Canada.

I could not believe the passive response from the city when its citizens are at potential risks. Statistics indicate there is a decent possibility of derailment in our area, especially if the frequency is increased.

I have a proposal for the city: Can we have our federal MP, our provincial MLA, our national Minister for Transport and our beloved mayor in the same room to discuss the concerns we have expressed often regarding the rail traffic through White Rock?

I was alarmed to read that BNSF acknowledged that some petroleum products are transported on their rail but they refused to give more details.

Aroon Shah, White Rock

Parental responsibility

Re: Impassioned pleas over coal, July 4 letters.

I am ambivalent about the increased coal-train travel. I live a mile from the tracks, enjoy the whistles from a distance and can’t say I feel the effect of coal dust. I have my share of allergies and feel for those who are affected.

However, for letter-writer Harvey Ostroff to argue that someone’s child is endangered, because they are chasing a ball onto the track, ignores the law of common sense.

It is your responsibility, as parents, to teach your children to stay off the train tracks. At all times. Period.

Katherine Booth, Surrey

 

 

Just Posted

South Surrey’s Meridian Golf Course – a 15-acre property that also includes a residence – has been sold. (Colliers Canada photo)
South Surrey’s Meridian Golf Course sold to new owners

Deal for popular par 3 course expected to close by end of the year

Gymnast Shallon Olsen. (Photo: olympic.ca)
Olympics-bound Surrey gymnast Shallon Olsen enters sports hall of fame – in Coquitlam

She was the youngest member of Team Canada when she made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum speaks at a press conference in August 2019 about provincial government approval of the city’s change to a municipal force, joined by councillors (from left) Mandeep Nagra, Allison Patton and Doug Elford. Members of the National Police Federation claim there is still no transition plan in place although Surrey RCMP’s contract with the city is due to end March 31.(File photo)
Elections BC approves petition application for referendum on Surrey policing transition

Application was filed under Recall and Initiative Act by the widow of a Surrey murder victim

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum. (Screenshot from Sebastian Sajda YouTube video)
VIDEO: Surrey mayor unceremoniously cuts off 22 speakers during public hearing

Speakers plead with Doug McCallum not to be disconnected but mayor reminds them to stay on topic

The Penner family is fighting once again this year to have their son’s educational assistant hours increased, after the district determined it should be cut to 20 hours a week, from 22.5. Pictured are Shawn and Kathryn Penner (front), with their nine-year-old twins Micah and Lena, both of whom have heart conditions and are on the autism spectrum. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
This year is not a ‘benchmark’ as Surrey parents say support-worker hours cut once again

But the district says it’s forecasting a seven per cent increase

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

Stock photo by LEEROY Agency from Pixabay
Drop-in vaccination clinics slated for construction workers in Lower Mainland

Sites in Abbosford, Burnaby and Vancouver holding no-appointment clinics in June and July

Queen’s counsel Paul Doroshenko, a Vancouver lawyer, has been suspended from practice for two months after admitting that his firm mismanaged $44,353.19 in client trust funds. (Acumen Law)
High-profile B.C. lawyer suspended over $44K in mismanaged client trust funds

Queen’s counsel Paul Doroshenko admits to failing to supervise his staff and find, report the shortage

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., center left, reaches over to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus as they celebrate the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act that creates a new federal holiday to commemorate June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people after the Civil War, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 17, 2021. It’s the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Biden to sign bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

New American stat marks the nation’s end of slavery

Ridge Meadows RCMP seized drugs, cash and guns from a house on Lougheed Highway and 221 Street. (Special to The News)
RCMP seize drugs, cash and guns from Maple Ridge house

Items were recovered after search warrant executed on Lougheed Highway home June 11

Athena and Venus, ready to ride. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)
Goggling double-dog motorcycle sidecar brings smiles to B.C. commuters

Athena and Venus are all teeth and smiles from their Harley-Davidson sidecar

Kimberly Bussiere and other laid-off employees of Casino Nanaimo have launched a class-action lawsuit against the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
B.C. casino workers laid off during pandemic launch class-action lawsuit

Notice of civil claim filed in Supreme Court of B.C. in Nanaimo against Great Canadian Gaming

A Photo from Sept. 2020, when First Nations and wild salmon advocates took to the streets in Campbell River to protest against open-pen fish farms in B.C.’s waters. On Dec. 17, federal fisheries minister Bernadette Jordan announced her decision to phase out 19 fish farms from Discovery Islands. Cermaq’s application to extend leases and transfer smolts was denied. (Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror)
Feds deny B.C.’s Discovery Island fish farm application to restock

Transfer of 1.5 million juvenile salmon, licence extension denied as farms phased out

Most Read