I am Toto Bleu of Persephone Lane – so named because my young Québecois son could not say “automobile.” I was born a Vibe in Fremont, California in 2006, product of a marriage between GM and Toyota. I was adopted in Ottawa and lived there until 2017 when I moved back to the Wet Coast. I am a Standard, and proud of it.
In the years here I have learned to avoid the times when the ferry belches out the cars from Langdale thus shutting down traffic in Gibsons. Other times I carefully poke my nose out of the lane on to School Road and begin saying a prayer to the road gods. I look up School Road – traffic roaring down. I look down School Road – traffic roaring up from Marine Drive, Gibsons Way or Gower Point Road, some looking to turn, others heading straight.
Look across School Road to North Fletcher – there are cars trying to navigate a green bicycle thingy and trying to turn, left, or right or, dart across School Road to South Fletcher. Look down a bit to South Fletcher and you see a bicycle thingy, and cars looking to turn, left, or right or, dart across School Road to North Fletcher. Soon, we will have the cars from The Murray on School Road ready to take part in the game. Currently, there are five stop signs in the short stretch from Gower Point/Gibsons Way to North Fletcher Road. Right of way becomes a driving instructor’s intelligence test.
And now, the possibility of Stonehurst, if given the authority, to belch out more cars, thus adding mass confusion, blockages, and danger in this area. Keep the Inglis house, and bistro, lower the height of the condos, but the parking garage idea comes from those who do not live here – and face it, the Town council has not driven to work here in two years – only town staff. Councillors – do not vote for this.
Toto Bleu (and Kathryn) Parsonage, Gibsons