Letter: Snowed in and battling the bureaucracy


Re. Eagle Agecoutay’s predicament trying to get to Hope for medication Jan. 4, where his road wasn’t plowed after repeated phone requests to District Hall and finally as I understood it, the ambulance was called as it was about 5 p.m. and then the plow came to let them in. I sympathize.

The tone reminded me of an award-winning Netflix movie called I, Daniel Blake which was about a man who battles the bureaucracy.

The man in this case in Hope suggests common sense should have prevailed and I agree.

However, as usual the District has a protocol which can’t be undone. Sadly, common sense gets trumped.

P.s. District advises parking on street not a good idea as it obstructs snow removers. However, I am blocked in my garage as my laneway is historically never cleared.

I’ve been snowbound since before last Wednesday when I prepared well for the big snowfall but being a partially disabled senior dependent on my car, I need to get to doctors and am a caregiver for a family member who waits for the snow in Hope to melt so I can help him.

Ruth Renwick

Just Posted

Most cows saved during massive fire on Agassiz farm thanks to fast work of farmers, neighbours

Agassiz Fire Department responded to late night call Wednesday

Risk of thunderstorm this afternoon for Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland

A special weather statement calls for heavy rain and wind over the next 48 hours

Massive fire destroys Agassiz dairy barn

Reports say at least one cow died in the blaze

Hope arm-wrestler turned track and field star wins five medals at 55+ Games

Seven medals total coming back to Hope from golf and track and field events

Chilliwack and Yarrow libraries in need of reading buddies

The Reading Buddy program helps students in grades one to four develop a love of reading

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Lions earn stunning 35-32 OT win over Ticats

Epic comeback lifts B.C. past Hamilton in CFL thriller

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

Remainder of Vancouver Whitecaps season filled with ‘must-win’ games: coach

With Vancouver currently sitting four points out of a post-season spot, each contest is crucial

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Most Read