Letters to the Editor

The truth hurts

Jim Taylor’s article titled “Lies Make the World Go Around” is unfortunately true, particularly with respect to how politician’s regard a set of facts or obvious truths.

The tendency to misrepresent the facts is patently obvious with regard to Liberal leader Stephan Dion’s view of himself and the Liberal party as the environmental saviours of planet earth. The old sayings that ‘talk is cheap” and “BS baffles brains” are particularly applicable to his position in this regard and his so called “vision for Canada.”

The facts are: The Liberal government then in power signed the Kyoto Accord in December 2002 and committed to reduce Canada’s green house gas emissions by six per cent from the 1990 levels by 2012. When the Liberals signed the accord, Canada was already 25 per cent above the 2012 target or 19 per cent above the 1990 baseline level. This meant that Canada would have to reduce emissions at the rate of 2.5 per cent per year over the next 10-year period to meet its commitment.

By 2004, two years after signing the accord, Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions had increased a further eight per cent or at the rate of four per cent per year after the signing. I wonder if the hot air and bombast emanating from politicians added to this increase.

The facts, therefore, are that although the Liberal government with Mr. Dion as environment minister signed the accord committing Canada to make significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the emissions continued to rise. Perhaps Mr. Dion intended to meet Canada’s commitment by purchasing carbon credits from other countries that were below their allowable emission limit rather than taking any concrete action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Canada itself. This of course would be at taxpayer expense and have no beneficial effect on the environment.

Apparently the following countries made actual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions between the baseline period 1990 to 2004: Germany at minus 17 per cent, U K at minus 14 per cent, and the 15 countries comprising the European Union at minus 0.8 per cent. It would appear that these countries had a vision of a more sustainable planet, and actually acted on it.

Residents pay the price

This letter is in response to the article entitled “Neighbourhood copes with growing pains” in the Dec. 7 Western News.

Penticton Mayor Jake Kimberley’s general comments concerning densification are valid but consideration must be given to the fact that we live in the shadow of one of the biggest densification projects within the city (Cherry Lane Towers).

One would think there would be a desire on the part of city council to protect the surrounding single family neighbourhood. The scary part of Mayor Kimberley’s comments are that it appears to have become open season on some of the lesser valued properties within the city regardless of their current zoning.

I would also like to comment on Coun. Grimaldi’s statement that what they have done will somehow increase the supply of affordable housing. According to my math, each side of this proposed duplex will be valued at $500,000 to $600,000. Affordable? I think the councilor should give her head a shake. Perhaps if she lived in Penticton she would think differently.

Contradicting views

The B.C. Views written by Tom Fletcher in the Dec. 12 Penticton Western News states that “B.C. has sworn off burning coal for electricity, but continues to ship as much to China and India as they will buy.”

In the same issue, local MP Stockwell Day reports that Canada is taking a tough stand on the world stage. The MP writes “we have also taken steps to let other countries know we won’t let polluting products from nations have direct access to Canada.”

I am sorry but I just can’t get my head around this kind of chatter. I think the message I hear is it’s OK for China to have direct access and thumbs up to burn Canadian coal and pollute the planet just as long as Canada doesn’t burn the dirty stuff.

Gee it wasn’t long ago I believe that MLA (no show) Barry Penner was gung-ho and pushing for coal burning hogs to be placed in Princeton and the Similkameen Valley.

Penner refused to meet, hear or give the time of day to a busload of concerned citizens representing all who protested violently against such insanity.

I think without Southern Al Gore kicking and ex-Terminator Arnold rolling the ball on global warming, nothing would have changed within the minds of those that are as cold, uninformed and hard nosed as anthracite (coal that is).

I give up as it is nigh impossible to separate what is right or wrong when you read so much conflicting jargon. I guess that we unfortunately have to live with it till all Canadians decide to unite as one?

The scene of 1,000 people standing firm for one of their own who was to be dearly deported at Vancouver airport possibly set a precedent by showing the immigration department where to put their decision.

Oh well! Maybe next year there will be something positive to write about if I haven’t fallen from my perch.

Merry Christmas and happy new year to all Penticton Western News staff and most all of its readers.

Cause for celebration

We would like to recommend this beautiful book about the history of Penticton; 100 years Celebrating a Century and thank the writers and everyone who was instrumental in getting this awesome book on the shelves.

It gives us a very nice overview with photos of the last century of Penticton and all the people who helped to grow this city to what it is today.

We are very fortunate to live in this corner of paradise.

Once the book was printed, the original “Frank” the baggage handler found a new home once more on Front Street in the newly renovated Empress Theatre, now the new home of The Lloyd Gallery.

I’m sure Frank is pleased that he is located in the centre of the gallery space surrounded with all the nice artwork.

Congratulations for the work well done on the publishing in time for the celebrations.

Book earns praise

Be sure to get your hands on one of the Penticton Centennial books. It’s a great history lesson. The reader can visualize the development of the city from a meeting place of early traders, to a settlement, then a village, a town and finally the city we know today. A great job by Yasmin John-Thorpe and Penny Smith. Congratulations!

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