Letters to the editor for the week of January 23rd 

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Attack on wild salmon continues

Fisheries Minister Gail Shea announced on January 15, that she was going to open the door to fish farm expansion on the B.C. Coast.

This goes against the recommendations of Justice Bruce Cohen in his Cohen Inquiry Report into the collapse of the Fraser River Sockeye.

It's a real blow to the future of wild salmon in B.C. and an extreme disappointment to the work of the Sea to Sky Fisheries Roundtable, which worked with local MP John Weston to get Prime Minister Stephen Harper to call the Cohen Inquiry in the fall of 2009.

It's a clear message that Prime Minister Harper and Fisheries Minister Shea have no interest whatsoever in following the recommendations of the Cohen Inquiry into protecting wild B.C. salmon.

"The decision to expand destructive aquaculture practices anywhere along B.C.'s coast is a huge betrayal of the concerns raised in the Cohen inquiry," said Watershed Watch Salmon Society executive director Craig Orr.

I personally urge all British Columbians to contact their local MP to voice their concerns over this issue.

Please do not buy farmed salmon, and let your local grocer know that you oppose the sale of it in their stores.

Dave Brown


Foundation thanks

Hats off to The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation for spreading its wings and its money throughout the Sea to Sky corridor.

Thanks to its generous grant of $240,000 Pemberton will get a new public building downtown, and thanks to a recent grant of $300,000, Squamish will get a great new community services building, Centrepoint.

Whistler Blackcomb obviously sees the benefits in keeping the whole corridor healthy and supporting all of our families; as people who work, play and volunteer across the corridor, we greatly appreciate that.

Keep up the good work Whistler Blackcomb!!

Owen Carney


Drew Meredith


A date with death?

On Saturday, Jan 19, 2014, at 10.45 p.m. you crossed the highway with your snowboard under your arm, 50 metres away from the traffic lights located at Bayshores, just after that curve, if someone's driving northbound, like I was.

I was driving to work (I work graveyard) and got scared when I saw your dark figure with your snowboard crossing the highway like it was no big deal, and I honked. You showed me your middle finger, but in my opinion you did not show me your middle finger; you are showing YOUR OWN LIFE the middle finger.

Your actions show complete disregard for your own life, as well as other people's lives. You did not hesitate to cross the highway at night, 50 metres away from the traffic lights, after a curve, and if someone hits you, it's not only your life on the line.

If you want to get yourself killed, I am not here to judge, but I ask you not to take the life and peace of mind of an innocent driver with you.

I am not sure if this might be a little too much to ask, but if you prefer, you may also take time to think that your life and safety are worth more than walking 50 or 100 metres. I am not sure if they are, it's up to you to decide.

Please enjoy Whistler responsibly, and maybe I will see you next winter.

This is not the first, or second, time something like this has happened to me, and I am sure it has happened to many other drivers as well. I honestly wish it was the last, but I cannot say I'm optimistic about that. We all make mistakes, but please let's think twice before making a mistake that might cost lives.

Don't forget one more thing: As we are all humans, it is always harder to see you when you're crossing the highway at night, when it is dark.

Eduardo Hallal



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