Cowardly TransLink Hides The Truth

This is a rather strange story.

A dog is scared by fireworks and ends up on the SkyTrain’s tracks, how, TransLink isn’t saying.

I would wager Transport Canada would like to know.

SkyTrain is a driverless light-metro and when it operates at-grade it must be completely fenced off to prevent egress by people and animals.

Obviously it is not and thus operating illegally and TransLink would really not like that broadcasted, thus TransLink redacted the complete report.

Cowards, but then TransLink has always acted cowardly.

 

Note fence to prevent egress

CKNW Exclusive: Owner of dog killed on SkyTrain tracks still looking for answers

Vancouver, BC, Canada / News Talk 980 CKNW | Vancouver’s News. Vancouver’s Talk

Posted: March 07, 2017

It was a tragic story last year when a dog spooked by fireworks was hit and killed by SkyTrain.

It’s been almost five months since “Maggie” died, but a CKNW investigation reveals many questions remain unanswered.

“We’ve been in the dark for this so much and… I really just, all I want to know is what happened,” says Ali Fluevog, Maggie’s owner.

Fluevog was shocked to see a Freedom of Information request filed by CKNW about the events leading up to Maggie’s death was returned almost completely blacked out.

“I just…I think it’s very strange. I don’t know why, I don’t know what could’ve happened that we don’t already know, but I don’t know…it just seems really weird. I guess they’re just covering themselves really well against any legal ramifications that’s my guess.”

READ MORE: Questions remain after dog’s death on SkyTrain tracks

She says TransLink has been outwardly cooperative, but says the trust was broken a while ago.

“They must have a good reason for doing this. Their lawyers are probably quite savvy about how to deal with these sorts of things. I’m not a lawyer, I don’t know how these sorts of things work.”

She says her family won’t have closure until they know what happened.

“My job as a dog owner, when I adopted her, is to take care of her and protect her. She protected me and I protected her, and that was our deal. So, I’m not going to take it lying down.”

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But Chris Bryan with TransLink says the information was withheld due to an ongoing investigation.

“The BC SPCA has its own investigation and in order to protect the integrity in that investigation we have to withhold our report until that’s finished.”

READ MORE: Dog owner cautions after dog spooked by fireworks killed by train

He says they’ve been updating the family about the progress.

“We know that for the family it’s really important that they get the information. We know that they would like a sense of closure with this particular incident, so it’s our hope to get that information to them as soon as possible.”

But Fluevog says she doesn’t understand how a BC SPCA investigation changes what happened that night.

She says TransLink’s internal report was finished months ago, but they still haven’t shared its findings with her.

The BC SPCA says they continue to work on their investigation and will be making recommendations once it’s over.

The FOI

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One Response to “Cowardly TransLink Hides The Truth”
  1. TH says:

    If memory serves, I believe the media reported at the time of the incident that the dog entered the guideway from the platforms at Nanaimo Station. Trains were stopped for a period of time but ultimately SkyTrain decided to resume train service when it couldn’t locate the dog on the tracks.

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