Letters to the editor for the week of December 13th 

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It angered me.

How can Telus and Bell boast about this as a "corridor" upgrade when residents north of Pemberton have little or no cell service at all, and Telus repeatedly refuses to put any in place?

I was better off in the AutoTel days when I could go to my vehicle and place a call from my car anytime and anywhere I chose. Indeed BC Tel at the time actually filmed an AutoTel advertisement from my neighbour's rustic old log home on the Highline halfway up Anderson Lake. No longer!

We're going backwards in rural areas in communication technology in favour of urban development and the money it brings. That 1.7 million dollar upgrade Telus boasts about (on an existing, efficient service) would have gone a long way in setting up cell equipment and basic service to customers north of Pemberton to D'arcy, and Seaton.

I am not impressed in the least. As spokespeople for Telus and Bell, Ms. Michelis and Mr. Hall should be hiding in their multi-million dollar office buildings, hanging their heads in shame for boasting of this "significant investment."

Peter Partridge

Anderson Lake

Snowplow driver with heart

I am writing to tell you about a good deed done by an RMOW snowplow operator. After the wonderful dump of snow we had on Sunday, Dec. 2 my two-year-old and I went out to our cul-de-sac to build our first snowperson of the season — knowing full well that a plow would eventually come later in the day and remove our work of art.

A few hours later we heard the plow come and watched from our window, waiting for the snowperson to end up in the pile of snow on the side of the road. We watched as he worked around the snowperson and did the whole cul-de-sac, but with his huge plow he gently moved all the snow off the road — but leaving our snowperson still standing. We ended up going outside and cheered him on as he drove past us to continue on with his day.

Thank-you Mr. Snowplow driver... you put big smiles on our faces!

Benjamin and Victoria Dyson


Not Being Able to See the Forest for the Trees

Ernst&Young has agreed to settle for $117 million a class action lawsuit when faced with allegations of wrongdoing by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) regarding their audits of Sino-Forest, which resulted in $6 billion of investor losses in the largest Ponzi Scheme in Canadian history. Much of the OSC's case rested on the auditors' inadequate assessment of the forestry assets of Sino-Forest — a Canadian company harvesting forests in China.

Internal emails, according to the OSC, ran like this "how do we know that the trees that the forestry consultant identified are actually trees owned by the Company —i.e.: could they show us trees anywhere and we would not know the difference?" Another auditor replied, "I believe they could show us trees anywhere and we would not know the difference." With such evidence the OSC proceeded with only it's third accusation of an Audit firm in its history.

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