The Province letters: Time to get Vancouver’s park board below management

A bicycle owner enters Stanley Park alongside Seashore Avenue.

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The park board has no mandate to make public parks drug encampments or to make main adjustments to the enduring Stanley Park, writes Al Siddons

When is Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart, metropolis council, the Vancouver police or the B.C. authorities going to take care of the town’s out-of-control park board? Their Zero-Three document on main catastrophe points speaks for itself, together with:


1. The previous out-of-control unlawful encampment at Oppenheimer Park with no thought or care to the native residents for a lot of, many months.

2. The present out-of-control unlawful encampment at Strathcona Park in a residential space the place the locals can now not use the park with all of the drug-dealing, needles, mess and stolen-goods enterprise. By no means thoughts the freaking out happening.

Three. The undesirable new highway restrictions to autos round Stanley Park makes basic entry for seniors and others very tough. This features a lack of entry to park eating places, even leading to enterprise survival stress, however the park board doesn’t care.


The present park board is clearly clueless and wishes checking out. To begin, the mayor must get the police to implement drug legal guidelines and bylaws, together with no everlasting tenting at Strathcona Park.

And, to maintain the Stanley Park visitors transferring and permit appropriate entry to the eating places, the mayor must get the visitors cops to work within the park placing it again to the way it’s been and has labored nicely for a few years.

Stanley Park was given to us all, to not a small group of sports activities cyclists that seem to have the park board of their pockets.


The park board has no mandate to make public parks drug encampments or to make main adjustments to the enduring park.

Mr. Mayor, use your instruments.

Al Siddons, Vancouver


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Ray Riopel, Langley

Hearken to the folks

Calling for extra policing is not going to handle Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna’s issues about all of the unfavorable suggestions she’s getting from her constituents.


The explanation for the anger and frustration they’re expressing is simply a pure response as she arrogantly insists on shoving her distorted and misguided environmental insurance policies down their throats.

If she desires that unfavorable suggestions to cease, all she has to do is take heed to the individuals who elected her in good religion, believing she was going to work arduous to guard their rights and properties, as she promised throughout the election.

Andy Thomsen, Kelowna


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