EDITORIAL: New firing range is good news all around

Artist's rendering of the $19 million indoor firing range for the RCMP's PRTC set to be built by December 2016.
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It is a great thing for Chilliwack that the RCMP’s Pacific Regional Training Centre (PRTC) is located in Canada Education Park near the Vedder River.

Law enforcement officers from around B.C. come to the city for training. They spend money here, they go home and tell others about the community.

But residents of Vedder Crossing and visitors to the Rotary Trail have a daily and unmistakable aural reminder of the firing range where the RCMP train.

Walk along the trail when the guns go off and it is very, very loud. Disconerctingly so if you have never heard it before. Or if you are a child. Or an animal. Or a UFV student trying to study in the library.

So this week’s expected if long-awaited announcement that the federal government will pitch in $19 million to build a state-of-the-art indoor firing range is great news.

Rarely can we say that a staged political event has no down side. The city is happy. CEPCO is happy. The RCMP is happy. Canada Border Services is happy. Area residents are happy. Vedder River recreational users are happy. University of the Fraser Valley students are happy.

About the only thing anyone could pick out about the soon-to-be-built facility is the $19 million taxpayer price tag. But that’s a small price to pay to ensure that the men and women we pay to protect us from the worst-case scenarios in life are trained in a world-class training centre.

High fives all around. Finally something we can all agree on.

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