Letters to The Province, Feb. 25, 2022: Readers outraged after Granville Island newsstand owner forced to vacate

Opinion: Letters to The Province, Feb. 25, 2022.

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Absolutely outrageous that this is being done to Chia-Ning Chen, especially since she’s a single mother and at such a time as this.

It’s clear that her shop is a valuable convenience store that should remain where it is. I’m appalled at the “mismanagement” of Granville Island.

Joan Brown, West Vancouver

I find CMHC’s actions cruel and uncalled for after a hardworking woman invested in the shop and managed to scrape through two brutal COVID years. There must be another appropriate place on Granville Island where they can move her (at their expense de ella).

Sherry Stein, Vancouver

Why is the CMHC attempt on ruining Granville Island? Tap and Barrel but no Tuck Shop? Meanwhile the Cat space remains empty as do several other properties. You have three greengrocers all selling the same produce from Sysco instead of BC-grown stuff. And the group you let take over the theater management contract from GICS seems unable to function.

Granville Island should be run by a board comprising merchants and artisans, not some out-of-touch Ottawa hatchet people like CMHC.

Paul Grant, former chairman, Granville Island Cultural Society, Moose Jaw, Sask.

Tom Lancaster states “the problems right now, with a pandemic, are around isolation, people feeling disconnected from each other and a lack of culture.”

That is the Tuck Shop’s line of business!

“There is an overarching effort to increase diversity, equity and inclusion as Granville Island moves forward.” Chia-Ning Chen is just that.

She has fought her way through a pandemic and two years later made it to the finish. She is a winner. Relocate her temporarily as your renovation requires, but make accommodation for her in your future development.

Your lease should be renewed. It’s the Canadian way.

Arleigh Stephen, Vancouver

Tom Lancaster has obviously no history or understanding of what constitutes “increasing diversity, equity, inclusion and reconciliation.” Surely this shop is exactly that. Surely this is part of the culture of Granville Island.

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Our family was perhaps one of the earliest visitors as weekly long-standing customers of the Tuck Shop. My husband took our young brood of four children (all under 10 at the time) down to Granville Island every weekend to first pick-up his copies of Barron’s, the Financial Times of London, the weekend Wall Street Journal and various magazines. The children got rewarded with donuts from Lee’s Donuts around the corner, a slice of pie from The Pie shop or some hash browns with breakfast at the front of the market.

However, while the kids were bribed with treats (so I could sleep-in or get some much-needed housework done in peace), it was the lure of the weekend newspapers that got their dad out of the house bravely with four-in- tow.

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The years went by and as our now-adult children have long since left home, each of them at times have made the weekly trip to the Tuck Shop to pick-up “dad’s newspapers.”

What a shame that progress is taking three steps backwards.

Thelma Wright, Vancouver

I visit her tiny shop every time we go to the market and I strongly believe she should be allowed to stay as she offers items of importance (newspapers, lottery tickets, batteries, etc.) unavailable anywhere else on Granville Island.

Ron Appleton, Vancouver

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