February 16 Letters: Trail Campers Didn’t Deserve Harsh Treatment; the voices of real protesters must be heard


Many crimes are worse than camping in a park

Subject: “Six friends fined thousands for camping on West Coast Trail”, February 13.

I read this headline and the first thought that came to me was that the fines imposed are way too high considering the men involved and the “crime” that was committed.

Public shaming on the front page for what purpose?

And no, I don’t know any of these men.

It seems that much worse crimes are treated with much more leniency.

Yvonne Andre
Campbell River

Paddleboard decision should be reviewed

Six paddleboarders were fined and had to write an apology for camping overnight on the West Coast Trail. It seems extremely out of place when we have protesters wreaking havoc in our wonderful country.

Protesters are polluting the air with their gas/diesel emissions, forcing people to shut down businesses and fear leaving their homes for groceries (if they live near protests), not to mention withholding goods that should travel between the United States and Canada. .

What happens to them? Where is the fairness in this decision? The protesters are holding our country prisoner and affecting the lives of millions.

You have to use common sense in this situation. With the pandemic, people are trying to find healthy ways to exercise and enjoy life. These paddleboarders weren’t hurting anyone or causing havoc. I am convinced that this decision must be reconsidered.

Diane Kobe

Let’s go after the kayakers, but not the trucks

I was both amazed and amused when I read the bold headline on Sunday’s front page: “Six Friends Fined Thousands for Camping on West Coast Trail.”

Kudos for aptly placing this article alongside the news about truckers protesting downtown against the vaccine mandate.

There seem to be more lenient penalties for taking over roads with a licensed truck rather than taking over waterfront campsites with an unlicensed kayak – not to mention the unfair treatment given to the Old Growth and Pipeline protesters.

My first thought when reading about these illicit campers was that they were part of the trucking convoy, throwing beer bottles away and taking a well-earned rest from their busy activities of idling their engines and honking their horns.

But no, it was just a group of six paddlers on kayaks and paddle boards temporarily escaping from the crazy world erupting around them.

were Crazy still-existing magazine, it would be jostling for the right to ridicule who the police are authorized to arrest and the judges required to prosecute in this country.

And yes, picking the “low hanging fruits” is a good analogy to what seems to be policing across Canada, including at Parks Canada.

Al Lubkowski

The difference in cases is beyond comprehension

The juxtaposition of two front-page stories in Sunday’s paper was breathtaking.

Six young men have been convicted of illegally entering a national park and fined thousands of dollars for camping on the West Coast Trail. They had their paddle boards confiscated and have to write letters of apology.

Compare this punishment for breaking the law to the fact that after weeks, protesters continue to occupy the streets of Ottawa, clogging downtown, shutting down businesses, harassing citizens and holding our governments Held hostage.

And yet, nothing is done to disperse these crowds. The police seem unable or unwilling to respond and governments seem stuck on how to handle the crisis.

How come six paddle surfers are charged and fined for trespassing in a remote part of Vancouver Island, yet nothing is done to end the occupation of hundreds of protesters and the blockages that continue with no end in sight? This is unbelievable and totally unacceptable.

Joan Richardt

The voices of protesters must be heard

I attended the Freedom Convoy protest in Victoria on February 5th. I’m an educator, I follow public health recommendations, I’m vaccinated by choice, and I support the original trucker movement.

The Omicron variant changed the course of the pandemic and this should be reflected in our vaccine mandates. The reality is that both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals can contract and transmit COVID.

I caught COVID from my vaccinated husband who caught it from another vaccinated person. The pandemic is now evolving towards an endemic.

So why new mandates? If there are security issues with people crossing the border, all people, vaccinated or not, should be subjected to the same tests and quarantine measures.

At the demonstration, I was amazed at the diversity of people, signs and reasons to attend. The majority of participants were not “outsiders” or “extremists” or hateful. They were peaceful, hard-working Canadians who shared the truckers’ frustrations.

The pandemic itself has caused countless challenges and losses, but we cannot ignore the suffering that has also been caused by lockdowns and mandates. Lost businesses and jobs, increased mental health issues and domestic violence, drug overdoses and isolation, to name a few.

These voices also have the right to be heard.

While I think the blocks should be lifted, I wonder if things would have turned out differently if our government had been open to dialogue, instead of labeling a group of people based on the actions of a few.

Judy Roper

Torturing families with honking

I’m a mess after just one sleepless night. I am both unproductive and exhausted most of the day. It’s hell.

This is why sleep deprivation is widely used as a means of torture to punish, confuse and impair judgement. We know that without adequate sleep, our health can be easily compromised. Without rest, you can literally die.

Now imagine a group of disgruntled people preventing families, including their children, from sleeping for two weeks. What kind of people use torture to achieve their goals?

Would Legislature supporters care if I stood outside their homes with my air horn and blew it every few minutes for two weeks? Maybe I could block their alleys and possibly get them fired from their jobs.

How would they react?

In truth, these few malcontents represent the antithesis of Canadian values ​​and are more representative of a group of spoiled children who have not had dessert.

Disagree with me? Call me. I have three boxes of horns and I use a big truck on standby.

david anderson

Canadians must take back our flag

Don’t let this so-called extremist liberation movement redefine the Canadian flag.

The flag represents the fundamental values ​​and principles that unite us as Canadians. It represents the pride of a country that has given us immeasurable freedoms and joy.

Wrapping themselves in the flag, or associating with other good works, is a way for marginal groups to appear dominant – legitimacy by association. Using the flag as a prop to make the chaos of an unrestricted society more reasonable is a disguise of the real agenda.

Our limitless liberal democracy would be anarchy.

Below the image of the flag of Canada on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, it reads: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set forth therein subject only to such reasonable limits as may be prescribed by law. demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.

The British North America Act of 1867 refers to “peace, order and good government” – the legitimate power of government to make laws to ensure a peaceful society with prudent limits. Freedoms are granted and they are restricted to ensure the civility of our constitutional monarchy.

Let’s hoist the flag in an atmospheric river of Canadian pride that drowns out their revisionist message.

Don’t let these flag bandits redefine our flag. Let’s be proud of our flag.

Paul Servos
The Flag Shop

Downtown tram could help businesses

As far as motorized transport on Government Street is concerned, it might be time to reconsider the electric tram that was tried several years ago in Victoria.

This would help reduce emissions and contribute to green initiatives while helping tourism businesses.

Harold McCarthy


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