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Protest Closure of Transit Stop Near Wreck Beach in British Columbia
Translink,which is Vancouver’s transportation system, removed Bus Stop c-20 (University Blvd. and Marine Drive) without consulting with the Wreck Beach Preservation Society. Removing the bus stop makes it significantly more difficult to use public transportation when visiting Wreck Beach. No ridership analysis was done before removing this stop. It is possible to add your name in support of the Wreck Beach Preservation Society at https://wreckbeach.wordpress.com/.
The text of the petition is We, the undersigned users of Wreck Beach and Pacific Spirit Regional Park, draw TransLink Management’s attention to the following: WHEREAS:
1. Our tax dollars fund TransLink (TL) which is for all public users. As major stakeholders on the Point Grey Peninsula, Wreck Beach Preservation Society (WBPS) members/ users deserve the same respect accorded residents, members of UNA and the Endowment Lands in Electoral District A, and UBC Staff, Faculty and students. Therefore, the WBPS should also have been directly contacted by TL regarding removal of Bus Stop C-20 as advised Fall 2015 by Krista Falkner of UBC Transportation. The WBPS was founded 47 years ago on the principles of having public input, before NOT after the fact regarding proposals of possible impact on Wreck Beach users and/or on the beach, foreshore and cliffs;
2. It is unacceptable that TransLink claims they are “responsible for safety of students,” made in the same context as references to “increased sexual assaults on Campus.” West Area Parks, stewards of Wreck Beach, and the UBC Detachment of the RCMP were also not consulted or asked about the importance of the C-20 Bus Stop to Wreck Beach users. No publicity appeared in The Vancouver Sun or Province and did not specify Stop C-20 or Wreck Beach. Groups were not approached unless they asked.
3. Persons with mobility problems or age-related problems or families with small children, find it arduous to go another 440 steps or 60 metres after climbing nearly 500 steps; many Bus drivers along Lower Mall have also complained about the number of speed bumps. We of the Wreck Beach Community and Stakeholders on the Point Grey Peninsula therefore respectfully request the permanent re-instatement of the C-20 TransLink Bus Stop Summer 2016!
Conventions are Coming
This week’s newsletter filled up. So watch next week for information about the upcoming AANR-NW Regional Convention at Sun Meadow immediately following ‘Skin to the WInd’ for a Carnival of fun from July 7 – July 17. And then from August 8 – August 15 put on a Happy Face at the WIllamettans at the AANR convention.
2016 Eastern Gathering
The Naturist Society’s 2016 Eastern Gathering is June 13-19 at Poyntelle, Pennsylvania. There will be plenty of workshops and activities of interest to naked folk, and it should be fun. I’ll be attending, so if there are any other nudists from the Pacific Northwest going, let’s get together there and compare notes on where to enjoy nude recreation in our rainy part of the States. For info on the gathering, see www.naturistsociety.com and click on “Events.” See you there?! — Kathy Blanchard
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