Commentary

Louise Mott the BC Lung Association's Quit Now Health Promoter and Michael Jessen have a message for anyone thinking about or currently smoking. — Submitted photo
by Michael Jessen on Jan 16 2017 - 1:03pm

The lighter’s flame touches the end of your cigarette; you take a deep drag and the warm smoke enters your lungs.

If it’s your first cigarette, you might instantly find it harder to breathe. The smoke tastes heavy and robust, not entirely unpleasant and reminiscent of drinking coffee for the first time.

Then comes the nicotine hit and you feel suddenly energized, slightly light-headed, and almost dizzy.

You have an urge to cough, but you’re also enticed by something you’ve seen friends, relatives, and movie stars do.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Is the RDCK planning to repeal this tax increase

Letter: Is the RDCK planning to repeal this tax increase

To The Editor:

I was pleased to attend the opening of the newly renovated pool at the Nelson and District Community Complex recently.

The facility is gorgeous and the staff did a really great job in getting it completed.  I and my family look forward to years of uninterrupted use.  Before the ceremony started every person was handed an information sheet with frequently asked questions on it. 

The second last question was about funding and I will quote the question and answer directly. 

Letter: Time running out on finding renewable energy

Letter: Time running out on finding renewable energy

To The Editor:

Last week, we learned that the Paris climate agreement will go into effect in November after the EU formally joined the accord, making it a reality.

Concurrently, PM Trudeau announced the approval of the vast new LNG project for the BC coast, which flies in the face of Canada’s Paris commitments. It defies the arithmetic of climate change, a calculus that strengthens with each week of emerging science.

Letter: Clock is ticking

Letter: Clock is ticking

To The Editor:

The clock has been ticking on the need for action on climate change. Please do what you can to bring this issue to the forefront in our community.

Canada should cut carbon emissions by one-third within a decade to keep the promises we made at the December UN climate conference in Paris.

The extreme weather-related events in our community are only the tip of the iceberg when considering all the floods, fires, storms and drought that we are in-for.

Doug Jamieson

Letter: Reminder to our Federal political leaders following LNG approval

Letter: Reminder to our Federal political leaders following LNG approval

To The Editor:

In response to the Liberal approval of the northwest LNG proposal, I feel a need to remind our leaders of their campaign and post-election promises to respond responsibly to the climate changes we face.

Prime Minister Trudeau and Environment and Climate Change Minister McKenna,made internationally binding commitments to cut carbon emissions and transition our country to a clean 21st-century economy powered by renewable energy.

Letter: Time for improvements to animal welfare

Letter: Time for improvements to animal welfare

To The Editor:

Once again the Conservatives are largely responsible for the continuing inhumane treatment of animals in Canada. Only two Conservative MP's were capable of recognizing animal sentience with a yes vote for Bill C-246 which was an attempt to improve animal welfare.

Not only does this show a disregard for animal cruelty, it is also a complete lack of consideration for the opinions of a very large percentage of Canadian citizens.

Letter: This is hardly surprising to that small percent of hunters

Letter: This is hardly surprising to that small percent of hunters

To The Editor:

The Vancouver Sun article: “Scarce Moose” is hardly surprising to that small percent of hunters, outfitters and concerned citizens who are fully aware of the sorry state of wildlife management in BC.

Weak wildlife management started to go downhill in 1996 when Premier Glen Clark facing a sea of red ink demanded more money from all of our natural resources. Punch in Jim Walker, Director of Wildlife on your electronic device and you will find a letter written by the director that makes that point.

Letter: This is the time

Letter: This is the time

To The Editor:

The deadline to give your public input on our new voting system is October 7th. If you have not yet had your say, this is the time

Why is it important?

You  may feel that electoral reform is about as interesting as watching paint dry and completely irrelevant to your life. But in fact, a little proportionality goes a long way.

Letter: When it comes to seniors, think again

Letter: When it comes to seniors, think again

To The Editor:

October 1st is the United Nations-declared “International Day of the Older Person.”

The theme this year is ageism, a prejudice that the UN describes as the most socially-normalized form of discrimination worldwide.

The term was coined in 1969 to describe a form of discrimination based on age.

Letter: Most important political decision of our time

Letter: Most important political decision of our time

To The Editor:

The Canadian public is faced with the most important political decision of our time. The Federal Government is know deciding on whether our not to change our voting system and is inviting public input on this decision.

Letter: Growing concern over the environment

Letter: Growing concern over the environment

To The Editor:

Last week, Trudeau’s Environment Minister Catherine McKenna told CTV that the Liberal government is sticking with (former Prime Minister Stephen) Harper’s embarrassing, science-free climate targets.

These are targets she herself has previously referred to as “unambitious” and “the floor, not the ceiling” of what Canada should be doing.

This comes from a government elected on promises to tackle the climate crisis and undo Harper’s destructive climate legacy.

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