Reasons We Should Relax About Recent Disruptions

While safe and efficient transportation, cellular and internet service are things everyone deserves, we are privileged to have things work as well as they do here most of the time.

Some days it feels like our civilization is collapsing around us.

The pandemic has been, by turns, terrifying and embarrassing. For many, it showed cracks in our social, business and family ties.

And of course, the impacts of COVID play a role in other issues, like supply chain behemoths.

But there seem to be more and more major disruptions to our way of life.

On our way to Vancouver Island to see Grandma – dang, ferry canceled due to lack of staff.

Flying through Toronto Pearson Airport on a work trip – pandemonium.

Trying to work from home last Friday – Rogers goes down for 24 hours.

This should certainly lead us to question the lack of competition in telecommunications in the country.

While these issues are very annoying – and health vulnerabilities could make any of them life-threatening for some – they should also give those of us in the Sea to Sky Corridor pause to check our privilege.

If these events were all newsworthy, it is because they are rare.

We’re so used to things working that we’re completely amazed and irritated when they don’t.

Yet for many people around the world, disruption is a way of life.

In Canada, at least 34 long-term water advisories remain in Indigenous communities.

This means people cannot turn on the tap to drink, fill a pot or brush their teeth.

Ferry problems? Discover the west coast of Scotland, where the ferry service has faced ‘repeated crises’ affecting thousands of people who depend on the government Cal Mac Ferries.

“Its aging fleet of red, black and white ferries has been hit by breakdowns, service cancellations and diversions, exacerbated by severe restrictions on passenger numbers due to Scotland’s strict COVID rules, reducing capacity by about 65%”, reads a Guardian article On the question.

And OK Air Travel Was Horrible – Flight Tracker FlightAware showed that Canada had the most flight delays in the world over the Canada Day weekend.

But there are places where flying is much less safe — like in Nepalwhere, in May, had its 10th fatal plane crash in as many years.

Residents of countries such as Zambia, Gambia and Chad all experience frequent power cuts, as they cannot rely on their electricity to run when they turn on a light or want to cook. (United States has outdated networks and the most frequent blackouts for a wealthy country.)

Few people have internet access in countries like Northern Coria, Eritrea, Comoros and Central African Republic.

In other countries, the government censors the Internet, such as in North Korea, China and Iran.

We are so lucky to live in the Sea to Sky.

We should not take this for granted.

While safe and efficient transportation, cellular and internet service are things everyone deserves, we are privileged to have things work as well as they do here most of the time.

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