Letters to the editor 

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Barbara Kaminsky

Chief Executive Officer,

Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. & Yukon Division

Scott McDonald

Executive Director,

British Columbia Lung Association

Bobbe Wood

Chief Executive Officer,

Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. & Yukon

Last Words

"It is always good to know, if only in passing, a charming human being; it refreshes our lives like flowers and woods and clear brooks." ? George Eliot

I have been fortunate over the last several years to have met and worked with a number of charming people who have made a difference in my life. I'd like to take this moment to thank all of them for the gifts they have given me over time and the support for my new venture they give to me now.

So to those at Meadow Park Sports Centre, especially the Fitness Centre Staff, cheers and thanks for everything. Finally, good luck to Peter Train who now has the opportunity to experience the blessing of being surrounded by such very good people.

Diana Rochon

Whistler

I was saddened to learn that Whistler had resumed the practice of shooting black bears in conflict situations with humans. Whistler has worked too hard to become a model bear-smart community to resort to outdated, ineffective bear management techniques.

Whistler is a thriving beautiful community but it's built in black bear habitat and must continue to learn how to live peacefully with these wonderful animals. The killings must stop ? when you remove one bear you're created a spot for a new bear to move into and the cycle continues. It's best to learn how to live with the bears that live in your area by removing attractants and training bears not to come into town.

Bears are motivated by food. You're inviting a bear into your backyards when you leave it out for them. Consequently everyone, including local campgrounds, need to clean up their act and remove attractants ? anything fatty or sweet. You also need to close your doors and windows. If you have concerns about a bear in your area call the RCMP ? they're located in Whistler and can arrive in time to implement non-lethal bear control.

I look forward to the day that Whistler can say that not one bear has been killed. You can do it.

Ainslie Willock

Director, Canadians for Bears

Toronto

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