Letters to the editor 

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Julie Kelly


At this point, everyone must be getting tired of reading my letters to the editor in regards to the sale of BC Rail (especially Lori). And let me write, that I have never managed to squeeze so much from the C- that I did not earn in English 12. Anyway I like trains, so here is another letter about the railway (sorry Lori).

The provincial government has accepted CN Rail’s proposal and the takeover of BC Rail is about to begin. For 13 months I have tried to prevent it. At this point it would probably be wiser of me to accept the fact that I have lost this battle and surrender. Instead I shall retreat, regroup and plan a new attack. Here is my proposal.

CN Rail only has a lease on the operations of our railway. BC Rail, a provincial Crown corporation still owns the land and railway tracks. I propose that we take the gate that used to block automobile traffic between Spruce Grove and White Gold and place it directly across the railway tracks (they’re ours). But instead of leaving it closed, I suggest we leave it open and only close it when CN Rail is about to pass through town. Then we charge them an exorbitant per-railcar fee. With the disgusting amounts of money we collect (because CN can afford to pay it), we pay our toll-collector $50 an hour (is that enough to buy a house in Whistler?) and give the rest to Via Rail. In return, Via Rail provides a free transit service for us between Whistler and Vancouver then takes the surplus cash and buys everyone in town a ski pass.

What do you think, Shall I fetch the gate?

Bjorn Gimse


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