Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Stop hangin' those picket signs on our trees!

Rocky Mountaineer sorry for illegally cut trees in Vancouver, Bob Mackin, Vancouver Courier, March 15, 2012
"The upscale tourist railway that sells rides through what it calls unspoiled scenery is pledging to compensate the City of Vancouver after trees outside its False Creek Flats station were illegally cut.

"Rocky Mountaineer spokesman Ian Robertson denied the chopped limbs had any connection with the ongoing lockout of the company’s on-board attendants, who are part of the Teamsters union. The seven trees on Cottrell Street outside the Rocky Mountaineer Station were frequently used by the Local 31 members to hang their picket signs...

"The city’s Protection of Trees Bylaw carries fines of $500 to $10,000 per offence for unlawful damage or removal of a tree. Locked out workers noticed the trees had been denuded when they arrived at the Station for their March 5 protest rally..."
Here's how this particular tree looked in a Google street view image taken April 2010. It had grown a fair bit in two years:

Cottrell Street outside Rocky Mountaineer's shop looked like this in April 2010:

Photos by Bob Mackin, Google street view (2) and Lindz Marsh
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  1. Thanks for sharing this, Norm. I was saddened to learn through Bob Mackin's article that Rocky Mountaineer illegally cut down these 7 budding cherry trees. I biked over to see for myself: http://twitpic.com/91cq1m

  2. Please don't for one minute believe they did this as spring cleaning as stated by RM's Ian Robertson. This was all about the locked out workers not being able to display their signs. This company's reputation is going down the toilet, they have treated their employees so terribly.

  3. Someone should check the various political and business relationships between the Rocky Mountaineer and the provincial Liberals as part of the BC Rail deal was to allow the Rocky Mountaineer to take over the passenger services for tourist train operations.

    The close connections are worthy of an RCMP investigation.



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