Laurie Embree, certainly one of two individuals sentenced just lately to per week in jail for violating the injunction at a Burnaby Kinder Morgan web site, speaks earlier than her courtroom listening to.

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Re: Choose jails Kinder Morgan protesters, Aug. 1.


I used to be glad to see the B.C. Supreme Court docket sentence Laurie Embree, (who was arrested June 19, and Constance Lasheras, who was arrested June 30) to seven days in jail after pleading responsible to felony contempt of courtroom.

I’m proud that Canadians have the suitable to protest, but additionally glad to see protesters who defy the regulation charged for contempt of courtroom and endure the implications.

Gordon von Hollen, Chilliwack

NDP can pay on the polls for ride-hailing delay

Re: Inside B.C.’s shameful failure on ride-hailing, Michael Smyth column, July 22.

Journey-hailing has undoubtedly generated a substantial amount of curiosity. A number of weeks in the past, when Transportation Minister Claire Trevena issued her assertion on delaying ride-hailing till not less than 2019 and dealing with the Vancouver Taxi Affiliation to place extra cabs on the highway, I known as her workplace and voiced my displeasure with the NDP’s damaged promise. I mentioned that, based mostly on this single challenge, I couldn’t vote for the social gathering after being a supporter for near 50 years. I invited a name again, which I by no means acquired.

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I did, nevertheless, obtain an electronic mail of the information launch (with which I used to be already acquainted and which had already pissed off me). I notice that one challenge shouldn’t dictate how I vote, however the public’s opinion is finest delivered to the federal government by means of their voting energy.

Richard Hugh, Richmond

Bike lanes used sometimes more often than not

In summer time, I see fewer than 5 bikes within the bike lane whereas 100 automobiles idle in heavy site visitors within the automotive lane. In our lengthy wet winter, the bike lane has zero bikes more often than not. How does this assist enhance Vancouver’s site visitors?

Cathy Liu, Vancouver 

NDP’s union-only edict doesn’t fly in 21st century

At the moment it’s tough to understand the B.C. NDP’s determination to limit authorities infrastructure initiatives to unionized employees. It has been defined when it comes to improved apprenticeship coaching for building staff, nevertheless it’s nicely understood that it’s at the start a reward to the unionized sector for its monetary assist of the social gathering, just like NDP behaviour within the 1970s and 1990s.

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However there’s the rub. As a result of latest technical advances, our 21st-century society is already dramatically completely different from the NDP’s preliminary time in authorities and even from their 1990s stint. With elevated sources of data and quick access to enhanced communication channels, our citizenry has turn into much more astute in critically assessing the motives and actions of governments, companies and people.

It stands to motive that the well-read farmer within the province’s countryside, the pensioner on Vancouver Island and the younger techno-entrepreneur in New Westminster could all be questioning whether or not limiting entry to authorities building initiatives to a mere 15 per cent of certified accessible bidders, and making a authorities division to supervise the method, is a fiscally accountable strategy to handle public labour administration and the stewardship of taxpayers’ cash.

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Allan Hoegg, Vancouver 

Excessive milk costs defined

At a time when Canada is re-negotiating NAFTA and coping with the difficulty of tariffs, I’ll clarify why Canadians pay extra for milk than Individuals do. Canada is a high-cost nation. Our winters are longer and colder than these of our southern neighbour. Farmers must buy or develop fodder for the cows to eat within the barn, including to the expense.

At Canadian dairies, I’m certain employees’ wages are larger than these within the U.S. Equipment for pasteurizing milk in all probability prices extra up right here. Land prices are excessive right here.

Dairy farmers within the Decrease Fraser Valley pay large mortgages, except they have been fortunate sufficient to inherit their farms from their fathers.

Vaughn Evans, Vancouver

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