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Re: Woman hit by train in Pemberton

A warm grateful thank you to the Fire Rescue Crew and Dr. Fisher and his emergency team. Their dedication and expertise is the saving grace in the most important hour of my daughter’s life after being hit by the train in Pemberton.

A heartfelt thank you to the Whistler Emergency Team who brought blood. Without the timely response of these dedicated individuals at midnight, I am sure I would not be blessed with my daughter's smile today.

As she struggles daily at the Vancouver General Hospital to recover from her many injuries, broken bones and right leg and severed left leg, we all find comfort in the second chance she has been given due to medical wonders. Her recovery will be a very long one, learning how to walk again. She greatly misses all her friends and associates and offers a special thank you to all those who have prayed for her, sent flowers and visited. Those prayers have pulled her through.

Her friends and neighbours have set up a trust fund for donations at the North Shore Credit Union in Pemberton, Branch 14, Account 1933 for her son Taylor and her.

Rita Marie Blais,

Mother of Chantal Beaudoin

Grand-maman of Taylor

We are opposed to turning the Nancy Greene Bridge into a one-lane bridge (as suggested by council to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety) because:

• We bought in White Gold subdivision because of its easy access to the village.

• In the past, to leave White Gold we had to wait at the highway, which was cumbersome and frustrating. Once we could access the village via Blackcomb Way our trips in and out were quicker and safer. We want it to stay that way. We are particularly concerned about quick access because medical emergencies require immediate attention.

• Traffic, including Spruce Grove and bus traffic, has been allowed over this bridge which was once exclusively used by White Gold residents. With this increase in traffic, changing to one-lane bridge is a backward step.

• The municipal draft (page ii) suggests that pedestrians and cyclists will continue on over the bridge to a Valley Trail from Highway 99 to Ambassador Crescent. Why should there be a Valley Trail on a residential road going to Ambassador Crescent? It doesn't make sense, since there is no trail to link up to.

If there are several cars, or a bus and cars, waiting at any one time (which could happen in busy winter months), access from Blackcomb Way to Nancy Greene Bridge will be slower than it is now.


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