LETTER: Force for Nature groups shows respect, unlike their detractors

Dear editor:

I wish to comment on the fine behaviour of the B-Line supporters, in particular the students of Capilano University and members of the Force for Nature, and make some corrections to the letter to the editor in the Oct. 9 edition, ‘We’re Going Nowhere’: West Van Community Stakeholders Speak Out.

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This letter asserted that [detractors of the citizens group Stop The Road Closures, now known as West Vancouver Community Stakeholders] “swore, called the group names and mocked us at any opportunity and continue to do so.”

Firstly, I experienced first hand in several council meetings the respect shown by these young people to council and other members of the public. This was not always reciprocated by some of the opposing groups.

Secondly, when I attended a Force For Nature meeting, I was impressed by their organization and their knowledge but above all, by how its members are reminded of the importance of speaking respectfully and politely to council and other speakers, especially to opposing groups.

Lastly, when I saw them while canvassing in Dundarave, I witnessed their polite and non-confrontational interaction with the public.

The students of Capilano University and Members of Force For Nature are entitled to the same respect that they give others.

Mary Gamel
West Vancouver

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