Rail shut-down another stunt

To the Editor,

The safety shut-down of the Dayliner is as expected.

Prior to establishing schedule changes from a tourist service to a commuter service a stalling study had to be instigated. This when the Dayliner tourist traffic fell off due to global financial uncertainty and the resulting overall tourist decline.

Also the right-wing ideology of corporations these days is to milk the infrastructure dry rather then invest in maintenance. Present corporate practices are to run down and beg for grants of tax funds and tax concessions.

It is popular to cry for tax backed infrastructure rebuild as a revenue device.

Thus it is easy to assume the corporate managers never had any intentions to convert to commuter service or they would have done so or had a trial pilot by now.

With the Liberals giving away the Public Commons and stripping resources and taxes off the backs of the B.C. public, it also follows that this is just another BC Liberal giveaway scheme.

Why not rework the rail contracts to include monthly maintenance budgets instead of letting the freight to beat the rail down.

Dee Shoolingin,

Duncan

Just Posted

Merry Makers create new craft fair for Port Alberni

Hansen Hall fair begins as Work of Heart organizers retire

Port Alberni highland dancers invited to North American competition

Kali Nahorney received honourable mention medals in two categories

Government looks for public input on Cathedral Grove safety concerns

Port Alberni, Parksville info sessions invite public to help ‘shape future access’

ARTS AROUND: Enjoy magic and comedy at the Capitol Theatre

Transport yourself back in time for the McLean Mill Christmas Market

Port Alberni to receive $8.7 million in affordable housing

Two projects in the Alberni Valley will provide 87 units of housing

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

Commercial trucks banned from left lane of Coquihalla

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has introduced a new program that hopes to prevent accidents and closures on the Coquihalla Highway.

B.C. on track to record same number of overdose deaths as last year

128 people died of overdoses in September, bringing the total to more than 1,100 so far in 2018

Cowichan school district defends lack of notice to parents following elementary student arrest

Officials with School District 79 stand by their decision not to send out an alert.

B.C. firefighters rescue horse stuck in mud

‘It happens more often than you’d think,’ says deputy chief

Island Corridor Foundation optimistic about restoring rail service

If green-lighted, first priority would be Langford to Victoria route

Canadians more prepared for weather disaster than financial one: poll

RBC recommends people check their bank app as often as the weather app

B.C. dog owner sues after pet killed in beaver trap

A Kamloops man is suing the operator of a trapline north of the city after his dog died

Heading soccer balls can cause damage to brain cells: UBC study

Roughly 42 per cent of children in the country play soccer, according to statistics from Heritage Canada

Most Read