Letters to the editor
'Come home to your province'. I almost forgot why I had to leave. Wait, was it the low wages, lack of work, and high cost of living. Maybe. Maybe I got tired of hearing about LNG, hydroelectric, and mining projects. Maybe it’s how much skilled trades are wanted in B.C. I look at job boards and it suggests otherwise. There aren't any of technical posting that require skill or ones that actually pay a livable amount.
'Come home?' To what? It’s not that I love living away from my wife and young children for weeks at a time. It’s not that I hate the Okanagan. What could it be?
Stop making promises and spewing rhetoric about the 'what ifs', unless you can actually sit down and face the 5000+ people who have to commute to the patch from the Okanagan alone to make a decent living; one that keeps our homes in B.C.
The timing of the Williams closure is beyond reprehensible! They knew exactly what they were doing to their people. Instead of handing them their layoffs, pink slips and last paycheques on the last payday, they worked them until the day before the next, getting all they could out of them, knowing full well what the plan was, as well as collecting all they could from their customers. This was nothing less than premeditated theft of services and should result in prosecution. They grabbed all they could stuff in their pockets and blatantly and knowingly ripped off the people that made their fortune over 68 years. No wonder they've disconnected from any means of contact. They know exactly what they did.
To the people/person that stole my bag from my van on Longley Crescent, please return. You can keep the money, but would like the bag back, my passport, a fresh prescription that is no use to you (but expensive for me) and my laptop (it's old and of no real value but the information on it, the battery is gone so it always has to be plugged in). Once again please return the bag, no questioned asked. Drop it off like you picked it up. If van is not there just leave at front door. May bring you positive karma in spite of your negative deed.
Dear Ms. Clark
You want the people working in Alberta from B.C. to move home. When we come back here B.C. stands for Bring Cash.
Albertans don't have a carbon tax, we don't pay outrages MSP premiums and there is no sales tax. If you sell property here there is a real estate transfer fee? Your income tax rates may be a little lower but they don't make up the difference in all the hidden fees you have to pay in B.C..
ICBC is another cash grab for your government and don't forget your toll charges.
No Thanks. We will stay in Alberta.
An open letter to:
Honourable Minister Steve Thomson
Honourable Minister Mary Polak
Honourable Elizabeth May
Adam Olsen, Interim-Leader B.C. Green Party
Andrew Weaver MLA - B.C. Green Party
Assistant Deputy Minister Tom Ethier
cc: Honourable Premier Christy Clark
I am writing to express my opposition to the planned wolf kill program that the British Columbia government is considering. Killing more than 180 wolves through aerial hunting, in the absence of protecting adequate caribou habitat, is unjustifiable. Wolves are social animals that are integral to ecosystem function. They deserve protection and should not be exterminated because the B.C. government has failed to protect enough habitat for caribou.
Further research is needed to say definitively that wolves are the cause of the decreasing caribou population. Virtually no evidence has been provided to show that slaughtering this many innocent animals will have any effect on the caribou population. Wolves, being highly intelligent pack animals, understand and mourn when a member of the pack dies. They feel emotions just as we do and when something traumatic happens in the pack it increases aggression and predation. Not only will these killings upset the population of what should be a protected animal, but we have very little confidence that they will actually make a difference. A more plausible theory for the drop in caribou numbers could be attributed to habitat loss, and lack of food source (lichens) because of this.
Furthermore, if wolves are proved to be what is killing the caribou, then what right do we, as people, have to interfere with a very natural process. Natural selection will do what it will do, populations will decline and populations will rise. It’s the way it’s always been. Wolves are an innocent species that have every right to be protected by us just as caribou are.
There are solutions and alternatives to protecting caribou but killing wolves should not be one of them.
Kenzie Gorjanc, 15
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