Letters to the Province, Nov. 5, 2019: B.C. Ferries ban not enough | The Province
A one-year ban is not enough for aggressive behaviour, writes Tom Duncan
So, three individuals have been banned from taking B.C. Ferries for a year because of a weapon threat; erratic, aggressive driving; and an actual assault on an employee. I wonder why these people were not also charged with a crime, and if a gutsy judge could be found, which is doubtful, given some sort of a legal penalty for these incidents. A one-year ban is not enough and fails to provide a real reason not to act this way.
Tom Duncan, Chilliwack
Please ban fireworks
Another night of terrified pets and lost sleep has passed, and Vancouver Coun. Pete Fry’s motion to ban fireworks has never looked better. Unfortunately, an effective ban requires enforcement and, in Vancouver, that’s just not going to happen.
A police department that decided on its own to not make arrests for drug possession or even drug trafficking, that pays only lip service to enforcing traffic regulations, and quite simply cannot be bothered to enforce city bylaws, is not going to do anything about a fireworks ban.
So Pete, save your breath. The VPD will decide what can and cannot be done in Vancouver, not our elected officials, and fireworks aren’t on their list.
Alan Rothenbush, Vancouver
Churches are fine as voting stations
I really must disagree with Kaitlin Bardswich’s op-ed, “Voting stations shouldn’t be in churches.”
I’m no longer a churchgoer, but I am a very moderate centrist.
I don’t believe that our society should be creating safe spaces for anyone, including me. My voting station was in my old high school gym. I was bullied during my years as a student there, but I did not shy away from casting my vote and taking part in the democratic process.
I am in no way religious, but I do understand the nature in which churches serve as a central core to a community of people. People who, like yourself, understand our collective civic responsibility.
The onus should not belong on the institution, like the church in this case, to exhibit a more inclusive space to the marginalized, like a minority such as myself. It is the responsibility of the individual to manage their feelings and set aside their own discomforts in order to complete their civic duty.
As a person of mixed ethnicity, I would have absolutely no problem casting my vote within a building owned by a supremacist group, regardless of their views. In fact, I’d welcome it, and I’d be grateful of the opportunity to vote.
Standing on the same spot in the same gym where I was picked on a decade ago, I didn’t feel a thing. Nor did I find it inappropriate. Yes, Elections Canada should maintain accessibility for people with disabilities. Having it take place in a church shouldn’t matter.
As adults, it is incumbent on us to overcome our fears and past traumas and conduct ourselves with confidence and courage. As a people, it is vital we all complete what is expected of us, no matter where it physically takes place. And churches are a vessel for this amalgamation.
John Gammeter, Langley
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