Mayor writes letter to CP Rail

Opinion: This letter is to inform you that our community expects to be paddling the Lower Canyon of the Kicking Horse River this May

This letter is to inform you that our community, Golden BC, expects to be paddling the Lower Canyon of the Kicking Horse River this May long weekend as part of our Annual Mountain Festival. It is our expectation that CP Rail will return to its role of good corporate citizen and community partner and come back to the table with a solution that ensures our access to this very important community asset.

Mr. Harrison, do the right thing. Solve this problem. Stop this standoff between your company and the community of Golden.

The citizens of the Golden and area will continue this battle, locally, nationally and internationally, and we are up to the fight. We have the historical agreements in place and legal support for those agreements. We have done our homework concerning other similar crossings across the country and we know that a solution can be easily reached.

We know that there is an alternate crossing option, along with administrative and engineering solutions that can mitigate the risk.

And we know that this should be a good news story for CP Rail; a story where a big company with a long history in a small community does the right thing.

Or, you can choose to fight the small fight and limit access to the road at the put-in by putting up a gate. You can state safety issues as being at the core of this and refuse to work towards a resolution. You can choose to try to drag this out by sending your people to meetings but not allow them to offer viable solutions.

You can choose to be part of the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) facilitation and mediation process or force the initiation of a formal drawn-out CTA application.

But our entire community is asking you to choose today to be part of the solution. When it comes to this community’s relationship with CP Rail, the answer can’t be no. Not for us, and not for CP Rail.

I am honored to represent the people of Golden, a community I have called home for 28 years. This is a community with a spirit of adventure and strength. We are passionate about natural surroundings and are defined by the determination that we will not give up access to our public lands and rivers.

Golden and area residents will stand their ground. We will not accept the loss of access to the Lower Canyon of the Kicking Horse River.

Now the ball is in your court. Be the one to initiate the solution to this situation.  Because it makes sense – to all involved.

Ron Oszust

Mayor of Golden

Just Posted

Paramedics union raises alarm over spike in out-of-service ambulances

Staffing shortages affecting service levels in Kootenays

Business Profile: Miller brings nearly 30 years of experience to Golden Home Building Centre

Are you thinking of starting a project around the house, fixing something… Continue reading

Bacchus Books hosts Gerritt Shumyk March 25

A cozy venue, nestled in the heart of downtown Golden, hosts musicians… Continue reading

Isaac Tetrault brings home karate trophy, Golden competitors win medals

Submitted Golden Shotokan Karate travelled to Port Moody on March 9 for… Continue reading

The good, bad and the unknown of Apple’s new services

The announcements lacked some key details, such as pricing of the TV service

BREAKING: BC Ferry crashes into Langdale terminal

The Queen of Surrey is stuck on the dock, causing delays to Horseshoe Bay

Eviction halted for B.C. woman deemed ‘too young’ for seniors’ home

Zoe Nagler, 46, had been given notice after living in the seniors complex in Comox for six years

Vancouver Island home to B.C.’s luckiest lotto store

Five million-dollar winners have bought tickets from same Port Alberni corner store

Video of ‘shocking, chilling execution’ opens B.C. murder hearing

Sentencing underway for Brandon Woody after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in Nanaimo

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

SPCA seizes 54 animals from Vernon property

Animals weren’t receiving adequate care

Morneau unveils principles for Indigenous ownership in Trans Mountain pipeline

The controversial pipeline was bought by Ottawa last year

Refugee who sheltered Edward Snowden in Hong Kong arrives in Canada

Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana arrived in Toronto this week

Most Read