Blockades are not legal

Prime Minister Trudeau has stated that in Canada there is freedom to demonstrate and to protest.  I agree with that concept. I do not agree that that freedom allows those protesting to actively shut down and interfere with the lawful rights of the rest of the population in this country to carry on with their lawful right to go about their daily lives, work, travel on our roadways, etc.  

I do not agree that protestors should be allowed to shut down infrastructure anywhere in the country or to stop people from entering buildings. Blockades are not legal! I do think it is time for our governments at all levels and our police and legal system to protect the rights and freedoms of the rest of the people in this country.

Marilyn Dodd, Peachland


Trudeau should meet chiefs

At last, our Prime Minister has decided to end his worthless travels to gain the U.N. Security Council seat, and has come home to hopefully take charge of the nonsense that is taking place across our great land.

The issues of the LNG pipeline through the Wet'suwet'en territories is being headed by their “hereditary” chiefs. These chiefs have been aware of this “problem” for several years;  it seems they outlined an alternative route way back in 2014/2015.    So to some extent, some five or six years have passed by when there could have been an awful lot of discussion taking place thus avoiding the confrontations which this has come to.

In any event, the “hereditary” chiefs obviously consider themselves a cut above the elected chiefs ‚ they seem to see themselves as the “top dogs” in this issue. So it would only be right for our “chiefs” to be involved, and to my mind that would be our “hereditary” chief” (H.M. Queen or her representative), in this case the Governor General, and our elected chief, in this case the Prime Minister of Canada.

A Meeting needs to be arranged and undertaken between the Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en Territories, the elected chiefs of the bands in these territories,  the Canadian hereditary chief and our elected chief.

This Meeting should not be about the historical grievances that the Indigenous peoples have with the Crown and/or Canada,  but it needs to deal with today's economic issues of pipelines, getting Canadian resources to markets, especially clean natural gas to replace coal burning in Asia.  The meeting must address the unlawful activities being seen across Canada under the guise of “standing with” the Wet'suwet'en people, even though it would seem the Wet'suwet'en people don’t have a major problem with the pipeline, just with the current route. 

Let’s hope that Justin Trudeau will actually do his job and not pander to  those pretending to be environmentalists and trying to bring the past to a pretty straightforward 21st century economic issue.

Malcolm Roberts, Kelowna

Bus fees are outrageous

While I no longer have children in the school system, I can’t help but comment on the idea of charging parents for their children to be bused to school. 

This is outrageous! The provincial government requires all children to attend school. Therefore, they should be paying for all children, who do not live within walking distance, to be bused. 

Our government throws money away on supplying drug addicts with free drugs, savings addicts lives, over and over again, but won’t pay to bus children to school? Where is the logic?

Cindy Nixdorf

Blockades causing hardship

I see that a recent Castanet poll has 85 per cent not supporting the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline protests. Most likely the same percentage not supporting the blockades across Canada. The blockades are causing Canadians severe hardships and money.

Hundreds of thousands Canadians depend on railroads for their everyday needs such as hauling, grain, propane, freight and travel. Thousands more depend on unobstructed roads to get to appointments and to work.  I am not against protests that are friendly and law abiding .

Who is paying for the protests? Are the protesters paying their share? Why are we allowing unlawful acts? Who is running this country?

Gary West, Penticton

Province kneels to industry

Poor forest management will see BC property values fall and insurance costs rise. Why?

Flooding from clear cuts — Anthony Britneff, retired senior official at BC Forest Service, predicts more Grand Forks style flooding. Citizens that lost their retirement, livelihood and community infrastructure must wonder how the Premier considers this sustainable. Heavy snow packs, direct sunlight on clear cuts speeds melting, rushing runoff into town. It may be your town next.

Watersheds —  only account for 1.5 per cent of BC landmass but are logged at a frenzied pace. Vancouver, Victoria, NYC, Seattle and Portland forbid logging in watersheds. Currently over 26 BC communities are fighting to protect theirs. Logging these water purifying ecosystems results in dirty water flowing to your community water system, wildlife driven into town to eat your plants and pets and costly system maintenance expenses.

Expense 1 — When forestry logs the watershed, water of poor and inconsistent quality flows to the water treatment plant, the plant cannot adequately treat water so boil water advisories result. Dirty water causes higher deterioration on water infrastructure. Soon new treatment plants and infrastructure are required. Forestry doesn’t pay for this, taxpayers do. Example: $24 million for a new water treatment plant equals $4,500 per Peachland citizen.

Expense 2  — Government subsidized spraying to kill deciduous trees. Done to improve coniferous tree harvests while negatively affecting habitats, biodiversity and community fire resistance. Deciduous trees slow and stop wildfires. Deciduous spraying is a government handout costing taxpayers; money and perhaps lives.

Tourism — "Beauty strips" support the Beautiful BC illusion. Beauty strips are unlogged forest left around communities and roadways to make the public and tourists think that they are living in an intact, well managed forest. Climb up your local ridge or go to Big White to observe vistas of clear cut. Tourists are starting to catch wind complaining that the country side looks like a patchwork quilt.

Why does all this continue?

Government is captured by industry and politicians are too soft to mount a fight. I’m not picking on the NDP. This has been going on for a long time. They are as guilty as the Liberals.

Forestry is governed by “Professional Reliance”. In other words, the companies govern themselves.

Peachland council has requested a logging moratorium from the provincial government. Minister of Forests Donaldson had a political lackey respond that logging would continue despite the moratorium request.

Donaldson’s kneeling to industry will drive BC property values down while insurance costs rise.

Get your wallet ready.

Michael Huber, Peachland, BC

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