To the Editor,
Re: Regional directors support rail plan, Nov. 15.
I have a viable solution I think should be investigated.
As an Island community, we should look at doing something that looks at the future of transportation in a era that new technologies can, and will be, applied.
An electric high speed rail system that incorporates all major communities along the east coast of Vancouver Island.
This would include upgrading to wind power, solar power, tidal power and existing hydro electric power to supply the energy to run a clean connection to the major transportation hubs on the Island – Nanaimo, Victoria, Courtenay and maybe even Campbell River down the road.
All these communities, and others that are involved, need to work together and pool their resources. This new plan would employ thousands of people creating jobs in new technology sectors that our government continues to drag its heels on instead of being driven by our insatiable urge to burn gasoline and diesel.
The upfront cost is huge, but the advancement of our Island economy – our children’s future – would reap the benefits down the road.
We owe it to ourselves as a human race to start doing the right thing, not just the cheapest, easiest thing. Not choosing the path of least resistance, but by leading by example and finding the way to be the best at something.