Letters to the Editor

Columnist missed some things on his Queensborough tour

Re: Queensborough's heart to get a boost (Column, NewsLeader, July 1)

I've been down in the 'boro for over 10 years and I can tell you there are no cows. That cow you spotted is in Richmond. After talking to the neighbours about your story we were wondering exactly how much time you spent down here, or if it was just in passing on the highway?

From that vantage it might appear as though houses are sinking in the mud, but it's just the new houses beside them are on dirt piles four to five feet high with faulty drainage. The engineering department tells us this is for flood protection. Most of us who are affected find it odd the city permits this flooding of the old neighbourhood properties to protect the new ones.

How can we forget the highway? We are frequently treated to the sound of Jake braking and when things get really bunged up on the bridge the rat runners that usually burn up Ewen Avenue—like the quarter mile with traffic-calming chicanes—instead plug it solid to Boundary Road.

Back along South Dyke road some of those cottonwoods you claim to have seen "shimmering" received the axe last week, and if you weren't paying attention Port Royal's master plans have gone before council to get changed. Like you, I am sure with a bit of time they will feel more authentic and connected, as the rest of us are used to plans changing all the time.

It is great that the casino put in money for the improvements to our community, so that we can get at least something done down here. As for city funding, they just borrowed our DCCs so they could get some more important work done Uptown. The city did promise to give it back when they get around to doing some work down here, sort of like the Queensborough Community Plan update which they started and then quit on us, that was over two years ago now.

We know how it is in the 'boro, the big things take time. And so do the little things. The planter boxes at the Queensborough Community Centre are a good example—they finally appear to have been weeded after years of neglect, perhaps for the benefit of the many photos of our politicians and city brass enjoying the spotlight at the official announcement. Meanwhile our ditches are overgrown with wild grass standing five feet high, keeping us allergy sufferers in tears.

As a Lulu islander I would encourage you as a mainlander to come out for a full day tour, and discover the real heart of Queensborough, the people.

If you do decide to cross the bridge again and meet some of the local blood, you might ask that they show you around to discover the animals on New Westminster's shard of the island that you missed, like chickens, sheep, ducks, rabbits, pigeons, frogs, doves, quail, muskrats, moles, coyotes, racoons and of course our beloved mascot the skunk.

Jerry Ellis

Queensborough, Lulu Island, New Westminster

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