I told you so! The barring of ALL vehicles from Stanley Park’s roads and parking lots, 24 hours a day, seven days a week …. without ANY accommodation at all for those who NEED to drive …. was just another attack on cars by the far left anti-car extremists … NOT just a “temporary” move related to Covid-19.
And just like under other radical dictatorship regimes throughout history … most of the public fell for the propaganda!
First they barred the handicapped and the frail elderly from Park Board parking lots at/near their properties … and no one stopped them; then, they shut down all practical access to Stanley Park by the handicapped and the frail elderly …. and no one raised a peep; so now, the emboldened extremists in control at the Vancouver Park Board are about to step up their anti-car campaign … and this time, picnicking FAMILIES may be their next victims.
Stanley Park’s roadways were “temporarily” totally closed to motorists April 8 … the excuse being it was in keeping with provincial Covid-19 health restrictions to keep crowds down and people closer to home.
But proof of the Park Board’s total hypocrisy on the matter was clearly apparent when the Board, at the same time as it barred cars for Covid reasons, EXPANDED road, sidewalk and seawall access throughout the entire park for thousands more walkers, hikers, joggers, skateboarders and cyclists.
Those who are fit and able bodied were welcomed by the tens of thousands: while the modern-day extreme left’s “undesirables” … those who need vehicles to get themselves and their families around …were excluded.
So much for the Park Board just observing/promoting Covid stay-close-to-home and crowd-limiting rules!
And most of the public … and all of the media … for months lapped it up!
Of course, the barricades against vehicles were highly popular with those BENEFITTING from the discrimination. Isn’t that always the case with “elites” who get/enjoy special treatment, while others are restricted/banned are well out of sight!
But recently, the mask hiding the anti-car extremists’ real intentions slipped.
Well after BC moved into Phase Two and we saw the re-opening of restaurants, businesses, shops, fitness facilities etc (even provincial parks), Stanley Park’s roads and facilities still remain closed to vehicles.
How can they justify, stall and continue to deny access for tens of thousands of park users who NEED vehicles to get around?
Here’s how they’re doing it:
Next Monday, the Board will “consider” a motion to “explore the long-term feasibility of reducing motor vehicle traffic in Stanley Park, including but not restricted to, reducing roadways to single lanes while maintaining access to the park.”
It calls for “consultation” with staff, bureaucrats, stakeholders and the “community at large” and “green transportation options” for all park users, including those with mobility challenges.
This, of course, will take MONTHS!
Kudos to CTV News at Six for breaking the news Tuesday of the Motion to come before the Board next week. And great to see Global’s Newshour go after the story Wednesday too.
The city … and its citizens … are starting to wake up to what is happening … and hopefully more than just the cycling, jogging and hiking enthusiasts will speak up Monday for those who can’t make it to Brockton Point or Prospect Point or around the entire park on their legs!
Why, even now, in June … are the roads around Stanley Park remaining barricaded?
And how can they even try to justify that continuing as BC gets ready to enter Phase Three of re-opening within the next couple of weeks?
What’s happening with the Vancouver Aquarium, the Prospect Point Cafe and The Teahouse, the concessions, the horse drawn trolley that many tourists, especially those with mobility challenges, love?
Stanley Park was NEVER intended and MUST NOT remain a West Enders’ only local park.
The public MUST stand up and DEMAND the fascist-style anti-car dictatorship now in charge at the Park Board OPEN UP THE ROADS around Stanley Park NOW for those who drive.
Because, with the warming weather, there are now NEW victims to their exclusionary policy: FAMILIES who used to be able to picnic in the park’s hundreds of picnic spaces.
Surely, not even the anti-car extremists at the current Board/offices expect families with children to haul all the food, beverages, blankets, chairs, games etc. needed for a day deep into the park on foot or by bus!
Or maybe they want families … just like the handicapped and the elderly … kept out of their elitist enclave too?
The roads around Stanley Park MUST be opened to vehicles NOW!
Any excuse (they’re really good at those) that the road is just being kept closed to vehicles because there is a study underway and nothing should change pending its outcome will only hurt thousands more citizens: this time entire families … ALL of whom pay taxes to develop, support AND access the park as well.
As for the motion itself: the deck is stacked, the “fix” is IN, with three Greens and two COPE on the seven member Board, the anti-car motion will pass … and the outcome … months down the road … is a foregone conclusion.
It’s all a FARCE!
Before the ink dries on the Meeting Minutes, this Board will advocate/authorize spending MILLIONS of taxpayers’ dollars to install permanent concrete lane separators and/or vehicle barriers throughout the entire 405-hectare park.
Cost will prove no object to advancing their anti-car agenda … just raise taxes again!
Somehow that doesn’t ever seem to be a problem for the GREEN and COPE types … at the Park Board or their allies at Vancouver City Hall.
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