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B.C. green cheques may buy trolley bus

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Nanaimo Daily News

I must admit I was a bit startled by the idea of trolleybuses in Nanaimo – especially when it is said that “$200,000 [is] required to establish the service”.

Of course it is not a “trolleybus” but one of the fake SF type trolley bodies on a small bus – just like the so called “Vancouver Trolley”

It is one thing when green pressure groups and political parties start asking you for $100 – it is quite another when a municipal government does so. I also take more than a little umbrage at the Premier signing the letter that heads the cheque – and the little pamphlet that also tels me how to spend my money that they are giving back to me, to offset the carbon tax I will be paying.

We have NOT got $100 extra each. We have had some of our income tax returned to us so we can pay our carbon tax. All the rest is spin.

And from a government that includes highway widening in its greenhouse gas reduction plan on the utterly bogus premise that widening roads reduces traffic congestion.  All these so called “green alternatives” are trivial in comparison. Gordon Campbell knows that “you cannot build your way out of congestion” – that is a direct quote of what he has said more than once.

And if you really want me to reduce my power consumption – how about a law which trumps silly strata title rules like “no washing lines” and “no solar panels”?

Written by Stephen Rees

June 27, 2008 at 11:42 am

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  1. Since Ladysmith is so small, a fleet of electric-assist pedi-cabs (about $5000 per cab) could provide better service and be more of a tourist draw. For the cost of fuel and the bus operator, they could easily pay for the pedicab drivers and have free rides. And of course, maintenance would be cheaper as well.


    June 27, 2008 at 12:09 pm

  2. If they really want to do something great for the environment on the Island, how about electrifying the E&N and putting some decent passenger service on it? Give people a true alternative to fossil fuel powered transportation. Then, in each city along the line, set up a short streetcar line to focus development where it was originally envisioned to go; around the downtown and the train station.

    How about it Stephen? Would that be within the budget of all the Island municipalities along the line in a combined effort? 😉

    In my opinion, this whole carbon tax is nothing more than a dressed up in “green” version of the economic stimulation payments being handed out by the government in the USA at the moment.

    Here: Given “rebate” cheque and told to go out and buy something (green.)

    USA: Given a “rebate” cheque and told to go out and buy something (anything.)

    What is the difference, apart from the fact that one is clad in green clothing? If they really wanted to do something real to help stop GHG emissions, all those $100 cheques would go a long way towards getting electrified LRT on the old Interurban line.


    June 27, 2008 at 1:07 pm

  3. Since I don’t live there my interest is just idle curiosity. Ladysmith council should be congratulated for trying to introduce transit to the community.
    I hope they consider the more green options that may be available, electric or hybrid shuttle buses.
    In my humble opinion the ‘Trolley’ tour buses along with chopped up Roadmasters and other ‘London’ buses lost their novelty value about 30 years ago.
    Ladysmith would garner far more PR by doing something green than they would ever achieve with the same old same old.
    Ladysmith is essentially one big hill. There probably are young, fit kids who might want to run pedicabs there but it would be a hard slog.


    June 27, 2008 at 2:27 pm

  4. Thing is, where can you actually GO in Ladysmith? There’s a Tim Horton’s at one end of town and a Dairy Queen at the other, but there ain’t much to do in between. I think the new Walmart in Duncan should lay on an express bus service for us.


    July 2, 2008 at 10:59 am

  5. I wrote the original story. I’m looking for real people willing to comment about the carbon tax for a story to appear in Thursday’s paper. You must be willing to have your name appear with your comments. Call me at 729-4235

    Darrell Bellaart

    July 2, 2008 at 12:41 pm

  6. Kitty

    I doubt Wal Mart would – but it is quite common elsewhere. When I worked on retail development for the Greater London Council we would negotiate for a bus service to the new centres for those without cars. And some retailers would either pay for the service themselves (so it was free to the user) or arrange for extensions to existing bus routes. This often meant both more customers on the bus at the route end – and access to better break facilities for the bus crew as the susperstores had both cafes and washrooms. And this is way back in the 1970s I am talking about.

    Stephen Rees

    July 2, 2008 at 1:50 pm

  7. Kind of like the shuttles IKEA has in Richmond and Coquitlam. Oh yeah, IKEA is a European company isn’t it? 😉


    July 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm

  8. Those trolleybussess wont be in Nanaimo – they would go in Ladysmith, which is a completely separate municipality further south on the island that is currently not served by any public transit.


    July 2, 2008 at 6:47 pm

  9. My main problem with the trolley bus thing is that Ladysmith council has been so busy tooting its own green transit horn lately that it failed to notice it was turning over the keys of the town to “eco-developers” like Geoff “Clearcut” Courtnall and Pam Anderson, whose only experience of wildlife appears to come from her time in a Playboy bunny suit.

    Council did stipulate that it would be nice to have a bus stop at “Arcadia”, even as it allowed grotesque variances in terms of building height and, worst of all, the siting of lux condos 54 feet ahead of the permitted waterfront building boundary. (Frontrow developments couldn’t pull the building back off the beach without interfering with their PARKING lot behind the bldg). But I digress. This is a wonderful blog, by the way.


    July 4, 2008 at 9:04 am

  10. “And if you really want me to reduce my power consumption – how about a law which trumps silly strata title rules like “no washing lines” and “no solar panels”?”

    Yes, please!

    Of all the rules one must follow, “No, you can’t dry your laundry THAT way!” and “Solar panels, WHY?” are the most illogical and infuriating. I can’t get past the “it will reduce property values” argument – the conversation ends.


    April 22, 2009 at 10:43 am

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