Dogs on buses policy thinking rather selective

Elderly resident says her dog no more of an irritant than some humans

What is the purpose of a city transport system? Presumably to serve the people, to lessen traffic congestion and to save excess carbon emission.

Since arriving in Canada, I have been impressed by the regularity of the buses and the unfailing courtesy of drivers. Yet I am personally saddened by the fact that when I really need to board one – especially when carrying heavy shopping bags – I have to allow the bus to pass me by.

I have no alternate means of transport, but I do have a small dog which needs exercise. At nearly 80 years of age, I can muster strength to walk one way, but need to take a bus back.

I find my life greatly curtailed by not being able to use the public service provided as I see fit. I find the thinking very selective with respect to people’s allergies and possible dog hair sticking to men’s suits.

Humans shed hair as well and many people sneeze in public places, and thus contaminate the air. Are we to ban people from buses, too?

Perhaps we have grown too precious and too regardless of the less wealthy in our midst.

Evelyn Cresswell

Saanich

Just Posted

Police incident closes Millstream northbound off-ramp

Traffic affected on Highway 1 was affected

West Shore resident, local officer encourages women to take control of their safety

Kris Greffard is posting short videos with safety tips for women using local trails and parks

Point Ellice House exhibit offers new lens into colonial history

The new ‘Politics of luxury’ display studies the wealthy O’Reilly family from several angles

Police and Indigenous communities pull together in 10-day canoe journey

Victoria Police Department, Ministry of Children and Family Development took part in Pulling Together Canoe Journey

Saanich Police receive another report of a cougar sighting

The big cat was spotted in the area near Saanich Road and Blanshard Street

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics to operate year-round

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

How much do you know about the moon?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, see how well you know space

POLL: Do you carry reusable shopping bags?

While a court ruling determined the City of Victoria’s plastic bag ban… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of July 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Most Read