Letters to The Province, Aug. 14, 2020: 'Unburden Stanley Park' from unsightly orange cones

A cyclist enters Stanley Park along Beach Avenue. Mike Bell / PNG files

Most cyclists and motorists want a quick return to Vancouver’s crown jewel as it was in pre-COVID times, says letter writer Bill Hubbard

It is indisputable that Stanley Park is the crown jewel of Vancouver and provides extraordinary sustenance to its citizenry. Its attributes of size and location make it world class and a draw for all visitors to the city. That said, the park had been a victim of of COVID-19 restrictions and the impacts have been significant.

Now that we are in Phase 3 it is time for the Vancouver Park Board to catch up with Dr. Bonnie Henry’s relaxed guidelines and unburden the park from the sea of unsightly orange cones.

Informal interviews confirm the adage: “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!” Most cyclists and motorists want a quick return to the park as it was pre-COVID.

Few are happy with the restrictions: the experienced cyclists don’t want to dodge the inexperienced riders on the interior roads for safety reasons; the inexperienced riders struggle with the hills and want to return to the flat seawall; the motorists want to enjoy a more efficient ride without having to move haltingly behind trolley buses and horse-drawn carts. And the park restaurants need more parking as does the general public.

If all users practise social distancing while on the seawall, in parking spaces and adhere to pre-determined “bubbles,” it makes no sense to compromise the park any further.

Bill Hubbard, North Vancouver

Health care workers: Nothing has changed

I worked as a care aide for 20 years and nothing has changed. It is and always will be about the money.

Not enough staff hired to carry the load and give the care that is needed. Private and government-owned facilities are equally responsible.

This is not a result of COVID-19, this has been going on for many years. There needs to be more available and affordable spaces for nursing students to get their RN certificates and compensation enough to live and pay back their student loans.

I shake my head when the military tells about the horror stories they have witnessed in care homes. Front-line workers have been complaining about this for years, but no one is listening.

Everyone appreciates them now, so give them a rate of pay that reflects that and they won’t have to work at multiple facilities. It will be interesting to see what will become of this. My bet is nothing.

Is anyone listening?

Anne Linfoot, Fort Langley

Bill Morneau needs to be fired

Canada deserves better than a finance minister who loses track of his own assets. ’s Finance Minister Bill Morneau had been given yet another chance after not declaring his “villa” in France to the ethics commissioner until 2017, nearly two years after being appointed to cabinet.

Now, he has betrayed the trust of Canadians again by letting the Kielburger WE charity conglomerate pick up his $41,000 worth of travel expenses to its charity projects in 2017 before he repaid it. This is the same organization that his government cut a $912-million cheque to earlier this year courtesy of you, the taxpayer.

Morneau has overstayed his welcome around the Canadian cabinet table, and it is time to say enough is enough and fire him.

Dean Clark, Langley

Letters to the editor should be sent to provletters@theprovince.com.

CLICK HERE to report a typo.

Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email vantips@postmedia.com

Read original article here.