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Letters to the Editor

by Letters to the editor on 20 December 2017 - 6:40pm

To The Editor:

In response to 'From the Leg:' by Linda Larson published on December 11th:

In BC we use an electoral system called 'First Past The Post' (FPTP), a system that most of the developed world has abandoned due to a number of issues — a notable one being 'the spoiler effect' which causes many people to not vote for...

by Letters to the editor on 12 December 2017 - 5:50pm

To The Editor:

Nearly a quarter of a century ago the Harcourt NDP government ignored their own BC Energy Council consultants, when they, Marbek, found that province-wide energy conservation would create 24,050 Full Time Equivalent jobs over ten to twenty years. Fast forward to 2017 and Minister Mungall and Premier Horgan have chosen the needs and wants of an...

by Letters to the editor on 5 December 2017 - 8:15pm

To The Editor:

On Andrew Wilkinson’s advertisement page is a description of three bills to come before the legislature:

  • Rigging the referendum on PR.
  • Changing the election date to give government  six more months in power.
  • Funneling taxpayer money to their political war chest. 
  • ...
by Letters to the editor on 26 November 2017 - 2:39pm

To The Editor:

Recently, with the online release of the Government survey on electoral reform in BC, there seems to be more discussion about Proportional Representation (PR).  Sorting through the available information must be done with caution. 

So far I am given to wonder, if “PR” is so bad, why do almost 90 countries use some form of that system and...

by Letters to the editor on 13 November 2017 - 7:02am
To The Editor:
 
Why should I care if the voting system changes in British Columbia ?
 
I feel I should care because our votes are one of the only ways we can influence important decisions that have to be made collectively.
 
I care because until we have a fair voting system all voices...
by Letters to the editor on 5 November 2017 - 2:42pm

To The Editor:

It’s all about balance. 

Even with a vegetarian meal, there needs to be a balance of the essential nutrients.  If we look at Proportional Representation (PR) in the same light, there is an opportunity for the electorate to choose the desired balance.  If we think of the various political parties as one of the essential “food groups”, then...

by Letters to the editor on 29 October 2017 - 8:19am

To The Editor:

We should not only applaud the City of Victoria for their recent call for climate accountability, but our local municipalities should join the chorus.

For far too long fossil fuel corporations have used tax payer dollars through government subsidies and externalized pollution costs to make billions in profits. Its time they join us in...

by Letters to the editor on 23 October 2017 - 12:34pm

To The Editor:

Accountability.

Local city councils in the Kootenays should follow the examples of  Victoria, Saanich and the District of the Highlands, who voted nearly unanimously to send a "Climate Accountability Letter" to 20 of the world's largest fossil fuel companies,...

by Letters to the editor on 12 October 2017 - 6:57pm

To The Editor:

Hats off to the NDP minority government for introducing legislation on electoral reform. BC will hold a mail in referendum by November 2018 following public consultation. The threshold...

by Letters to the editor on 26 September 2017 - 7:41pm

To The Editor:

With the colder weather and rain in the East Kootenay, wildfires are coming under control and plans for salvage logging are being put together quickly.

The science over the past two decades has been clear: salvage logging is risky for our natural systems and delays or even prevents ecosystem recovery. Fire salvage logging increases soil...

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