A map showing four possible alignments of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line

Letter: Rails to Trails is a catchy slogan for a flawed campaign

Mayor Dianne Watts and Mayor Wayne Baldwin are working on a campaign that would change both Cloverdale and White Rock forever.

To the editor;

To some degree change is inevitable. Many of us would not be where we are today without change. Mayor Dianne Watts and Mayor Wayne Baldwin are working on a campaign that would change both Cloverdale and White Rock forever. This campaign is called ‘Rails to Trails’. It is the relocation of the Burlington Northern Santa-Fe Railway. Clearing the way for a proposed sea wall on the Semiahmoo Peninsula.

However, one must stop if only for a moment to realize that this campaign is flawed. It will change the landscape of Cloverdale bringing up to 30 to 50 uncovered coal trains per day. With the future use of hazardous materials.

Neither community want to see a repeat of Lac Megantic.

Yes, it is a catchy slogan, ‘Rails to Trails’. But who are we kidding? Maybe we just need to say ‘NO’!

Have we ever questioned why does BNSF Railway not transport their coal to their Seattle Port? Maybe its time.

Change is important, only this time it’s for the health and safety of all of us affected. Don’t put one community up against another. We are all in this together.


Jean Van Zanten


Follow the Cloverdale Reporter on Twitter and Facebook.

Just Posted

Federal NDP may support B.C. with major projects, Carole James says

SkyTrain Surrey extension, Massey Tunnel need Ottawa’s help

Diwali in Surrey: ‘Festival of light’ celebrations at several halls, a library, other venues

This year Diwali is on Sunday, Oct. 27, but Surrey-area events are held over a two-week period

People’s Party of Canada not finished, defeated Surrey candidate says

Surrey’s five PPC candidates combined received 4,213 votes

Guns, crossbows, ammo seized in raid on Langley home

Weapons also included stun guns and replica firearms

Surrey City Centre plan expands to include new proposed SkyTrain station

New developments in business district to provide minimum 50% of floor space for office, institutional uses

Scheer says Canada more divided than ever, as NDP and Bloc hold cards close

While Liberals were shut out of two key prairie provinces, they took two-thirds of the seats in Ontario

VicPD return Victoria fugitive from France for attempted murder trial

Sebastien Normandin, 49, charged with attempts to hit former girlfriend with car

Three sprayed with mace during altercation at Port Coquitlam high school

Mounties are still working to determine exactly how many youth were involved

Investor alert: ‘Split games’ pyramid scheme circulating in B.C.

British Columbia Securities Commission issues warning about scheme selling virtual shares

‘Issue-by-issue parliament’: Expert says Liberals need to placate NDP to be effective

Scandals, social issues, racism defined 2019 federal election, SFU prof says

Misconduct investigations spike by 65% across B.C.’s municipal police forces: report

Reports overall up 15 per cent while complaints made by public down seven per cent

Homicide team investigates death of man in his 20s in Chilliwack

Victim known to police and attack likely targeted, IHIT says

‘Wexit’ talk percolates day after Liberals returned to power with minority

An online petition is calling for a western alliance and Alberta to separate

Vancouver artist casts bronze ‘replacement’ egg for defaced Dali sculpture

Artist Richard Forbes installed the new egg after the original was stolen

Most Read