Letters about Comox Valley Airport 'disconcerting'

Dear editor,

The recent flurry of letters regarding the cause of cancelled or rerouted flights at the Comox Valley Airport due to fog or overheight trees is disconcerting.

The writers have attacked the owners who are defending their properties, as is their right, from arbitrary action on the part of Transport Canada. One cannot help but wonder if these people would acquiesce willingly if it were their rights being attacked.

The attitudes expressed regarding individual property rights, the environment and due process are shocking. Not one data-based fact has been presented in these letters.

Reports of "friends who have friends who work at the airport" are provided as if they were evidence. No verifiable accounting of the number of flights affected, have been stated.

Even a letter from CVAC official was not fact-based, but his estimate of "about two thirds" of grounded flights being caused by fog was only that — an estimate.

Regardless, these critics brushed aside his information and carried on with their letter-writing campaign.

Perhaps now is the time for The Record to assign a reporter to this story to determine and publish the number of commercial flights that have been cancelled or redirected by a) fog and b) trees, and the number of military flights that have been affected for the same reasons over the 2013/14 winter.

Naomi Panchyson,



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