No complaints about having freighters around

Having them around a price that must be paid on a working coast

I live in Saltair and have been here for 45 years and I also lived here in my teen years on the water in Saltair.

I do wish that when people start their committees in the area that they would get “all the facts” put out there.

For many years now, the orca pods have not been around. Why? No fish for them and it’s not because over the years that there were freighters in the area. We have always had freighters in these areas. The pods many, many years ago did come through the area once a year, but they do not come any more because there are no salmon. Salmon fishing has been long gone from this area. It’s the same with the eagles, they want fish and it’s not here anymore. The herons, we never really had that many of them at one time but they still do come around on the beach.

I have lived on and near the beach for over 50 years at different times. The freighters have always come into this area for the line-up to get into Vancouver Port. They anchor and wait in line for their spot for Vancouver dockage.

Our coast is a working coast and people have to realize that if cargo-containing freighters stop coming the produce or items they are carrying will go up in price.

I believe if you get in touch with the government you will find out why there are more freighters bringing in products.

I think what upsets me and many other Saltair residents is that the paper and news media only tell one side of the story. There are so many other residents in this area that the sight of the freighters is a happy view. As for the noise of a working freighter, it’s part of the job. As for the lights, I have not heard of any complaints. Many people say they don’t hear them pulling up and going away.

How often do you hear from the people of North and West Vancouver complaining about the ships? A lot of the houses in those areas are looking out at them all the time.

I don’t understand people buying waterfront property and homes if they are just going to turn around and complain about the traffic, noise and lights, etc. from the freighters. Maybe they should have thought about that before they bought.

The freighters do the best they can. My husband worked on the deep sea container ships in the 1970s and before this date, too. They do the best they can and, of course, the rules and regulations that they have today are in place for all freighters and container ships and are very strict rules.

As for the picture of someone on the container freighter pouring ‘something’ over the side, the company said it was a mix of different water. But the complainers want to make this picture out to be more than what it really is.

I hope the next time an article is put out there about the freighters and complaints from the area that the media source digs deeper and asks people of the area and not just the complaining group of a few.

Islay Brand


Just Posted

North Cowichan is Canada’s hot spot on Wednesday

The Warmland lives up to its name

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

Auspicious start for new North Cowichan mayor

The swearing-in ceremony for the Municipality of North Cowichan a breath of fresh air

Chemainus Remembers

Cenotaph packed for another moving ceremony on the 100th anniversary of First World War’s end

NMA Big Band as popular as ever in its 51st year

Another show-stopping performance certain at Osborne Bay Pub Sunday

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Vancouver Island remembers

Important stories shared as Islanders salute those who made the greatest sacrifice

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

Port Alberni convenience store robbed

Police still searching for suspect

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Most Read