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The “carp of many colors” — koi carp — didn’t begin out this manner. Two thousand years in the past they have been transported from Eurasia to the Far East as a supply of meals. A whole bunch of years later, the color mutation fish grew to become a interest. Prized as they’re, meals is meals to our wily otter.


I’m so happy that the otter on the Dr. Solar Yat-sen Classical Chinese language Backyard has outwitted many individuals, bypassed the traps and loved one other meal. Now that few carp are left, maybe it’ll disappear by itself to hunt new habitat.

The koi are stored fish for the enjoyment of few, whereas our B.C. animal populations reside in a shrinking pure habitat. It’s actually survival of the fittest.

Veronica Gard, White Rock

Dangerous otter …

Sounds just like the Solar Yat-sen backyard wants to rent previous Quint from Jaws to catch the otter. It’s a nasty otter.

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Dave Small, Vancouver

Use surplus to pay ICBC debt

So B.C. Finance Minister Carole James is beaming about us having a projected and larger-than-expected $1.3-billion surplus. Right here’s an concept.

For the reason that earlier authorities acquired caught draining billions from ICBC, inflicting its monetary issues, why not use the excess to prop up the insurance coverage firm? That method we may keep away from main will increase in insurance coverage premiums in 2019. In any case, it’s our surplus cash, isn’t it?

Invoice Davis, New Westminster

Security first

Why is there political resistance to passenger security in terms of ride-hailing?

Requiring that every one drivers have a Class four licence and sufficient insurance coverage goes a protracted solution to assure security, identical to requiring drivers such as you and me to have a sound licence and auto insurance coverage.

Roy Prystay, Lee Creek

ICBC monopoly should finish

Final week, the B.C. authorities introduced that ride-sharing is lastly coming to the province. Sadly, it gained’t be right here till late 2019 as a result of ICBC wants that lengthy — a 12 months — to get its insurance coverage guidelines in place. Whereas the demand for ride-sharing in B.C. has been clear for a few years, ICBC’s incapability to design an insurance coverage product in a well timed method means extra delays and poorer service for British Columbians.

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In stark distinction, Canada’s personal insurers have been offering insurance coverage to ride-sharing corporations in different provinces for a number of years and will rapidly convey these merchandise to B.C., if allowed. ICBC’s monopoly prevents them from doing so. Any monopoly breeds complacency and nowhere is that this extra apparent than at ICBC.

British Columbia drivers additionally pay extra for auto insurance coverage than drivers anyplace else in Canada. It’s not shocking then that 78 per cent say they need extra selection. They acknowledge that the very costly ICBC monopoly should finish.

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Aaron Sutherland, Insurance coverage Bureau of Canada

Local weather change is actual

After launch of the latest report telling us what’s going to occur to the U.S. due to local weather change, U.S. President Donald Trump says he believes that he’s proper and that local weather change is a hoax, a conspiracy pushed by China.

The factor about science is that it doesn’t change based mostly on opinions. Local weather change is actual and is right here now it doesn’t matter what Trump or his supporters wish to imagine. Believing that local weather change isn’t occurring doesn’t imply that it isn’t actual and a gift hazard to us all.

Robert Rock, Mission

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