Blocking residents’ access due to Courtenay parade infringes on their rights

Dear editor,

I still cannot see logic in preventing residents from leaving their homes with their vehicles even if it is only once a year.

READER NEIL VOKEY does not share the enthusiasm these people feel for the Canada Day parade.

READER NEIL VOKEY does not share the enthusiasm these people feel for the Canada Day parade.

Dear editor,

Now that the dust has settled, I still cannot see logic in preventing residents from leaving their homes with their vehicles — even if it is only once a year.

The systematic support that local government and media institutions have provided to this conspiracy is perplexing, considering the event deprives certain residents of their Charter Right to mobility. I’m referring, of course, to the Canada Day parade.

I don’t care if it was only for a few hours — Sunday is the one day I can go into town to run my errands, and it is a great inconvenience when I cannot gain vehicular access to Fifth Street.

The ‘celebrations’ have clearly taken a toll on the downtown businesses — half of which decide to cut their losses and not even open their doors on Canada Day.

Mayor Jangula bravely stood up to contest the Car Free Sunday event, which, coincidently, also only takes up only a few hours of every year.

Personally, I don’t see the difference — citizens of the Comox Valley need to take a long, hard look at how parades and other ‘community-building events’ affect all the people who only care about themselves.

Neil Vokey,


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