Letters to The Province: B.C. Ferries fails passengers each peak season

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Pleasure MacPhail, board chair of B.C. Ferries, is one other ex-politician who talks all the way down to us widespread people: “There have been many classes realized this peak season. All vessels are within the water now.”

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No kidding. It’s not like this doesn’t occur each peak season, or prefer it hasn’t been compounded by “staffing shortages” of assorted sorts, or inevitable mechanical points.

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To high all of it off, individuals don’t wish to work for B.C. Ferries as a result of a whole lot of the roles are seasonal, half time, or on-call (that means fewer advantages and decrease pay).

MacPhail must spend extra time fixing the problems brought about when B.C. Ferries went from a well-managed Crown company the place individuals clamoured to work, to a company money cow that may’t preserve workers, and fewer time spouting vapid remarks which might be insulting to ferry travellers.

Suzanne Gravel, Abbotsford

Rodent glue traps ought to have been banned years in the past

I’m responding to the op-ed about retailers promoting rodent torture gadgets (July 25). I couldn’t agree extra. They’re in the identical class as leg-hold traps. Each are inhumane, and harmless animals undergo enormously.

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I do know that PETA is working very laborious to contact greenback shops and the massive chains (reminiscent of Canadian Tire) and asking them to discontinue promoting these devices of torture. I can not start to think about the panic these poor animals really feel as they die of thirst and/or hunger.  They need to have been banned (together with the leg-hold traps) a few years in the past.

Maureen Dougherty, Agassiz

Mayor Locke is defending what’s finest for Surrey

I learn with curiosity the letter from Brian Barnes of Richmond, who advised that Brenda Locke “chunk the bullet” and settle for the advice from Mike Farnworth concerning the alternative of the RCMP in Surrey with the S.P.S. My advice for Mayor Locke can be to proceed to defend what’s finest for Surrey in each the short-term and the long-term. The monetary value to taxpayers isn’t merely confined to the following 5 years, however will stick with it for many years at an exorbitant value. That, together with Minister Farnworth’s rationale that it’s higher for the protection of B.C. residents to have the Surrey Police Service fill over 500 positions somewhat than roughly 150 that the RCMP would want is additional justification that hers is the fitting battle.

Dave Mason, Surrey