Letters to the Editor

Our future not worth risking


As B.C. political heat rises, we all want to do the right thing.

For me it is writing you.

The value of our specie’s survival should be greater than short-term economic gain.

No one would dispute that our health, and that of future generations, is tied to the health of our land and water. Both fossil and nuclear fuels result in toxic waste and will eventually result in sickness if we don’t encourage officials to increase efforts of a sustainability plan using non-damaging fuels and put our bright scientists and engineers to work doing so.

To continue down the road of tar-sands expansion and ship the resource across ecologically critical ocean is unconscionable.

Long-term economic growth with sustainable resources should be invested in. This sustainability will bring us security.

Risking death of our oceans – a primary healthy food source and ecological wonder – will not!

Can we Canadians be more creative than this? I hope we can.

Diane Matier, Surrey

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Re: Celebrate oil facts not foolishness, Oct. 23 BC Views

Some 3,000 showed up in Victoria, after using oil and gasoline consuming cars, buses and ferry system, polluting the air, to express their opposition to the coming of future jobs for thousands.

In their poorly prepared view, of the assumed risk, of building pipe lines, wasting thousands of dollars, without ever – yes ever – picking up a pen to draft an alternative.

The well-funded national and international front-page names, to this point, have never provided anything else than the negative.

Who will be there, in times to come, to cry foul when there are no jobs? All this, under the name of a seemingly left-leaning environmental protection.

The reality is, it may use much time and many dollars, but in the end the pipelines will come and provide the resources the world’s rising population expects, not to forget also our revenue.

The shortsightedness will harm our country more than is  anticipated.

Suan H. Booiman, White Rock



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