Letter to the Editor

Quest kills Elaine Taylor, minister of tourism and culture, how can your department support an organization that killed three dogs this year and…

Quest kills

Elaine Taylor, minister of tourism and culture, how can your department support an organization that killed three dogs this year and injured many others?

How can your department support an organization whose response to the issue of culling unwanted dogs was that it was not the Quest’s concern what Quest mushers did to their dogs?

And Marian Horne, minister of justice, I understand work is being done on a new Yukon Animal Protection Act.

Will this legislation include protection and define guidelines for high standards of care for sled dogs used in the Quest, by sled-dog tour operators and recreational mushers?

Who is being consulted to develop this legislation?

Would a race like the Quest be considered inhumane in North American states and other provinces?

Patrick Rouble, minister of education, you do not have my permission as a Yukon taxpayer to sanction the teaching of Yukon Quest propaganda to schoolchildren.

If you must teach about the Quest, you should teach about the suffering and deaths of the dogs, their lives in the dogyards, and the fact that dogs are culled to develop the perfect racing team.

Jim Kenyon, minister responsible for Yukon Lotteries Commission, I realize the Quest gambles with the lives of sled dogs.

Therefore, lotteries should not be assisting in this gambling addiction.

To all Yukon politicians: I expect some hard questions to be asked during the spring sitting of the Yukon Legislature, instead of the mindless tributes offered to the Quest every year, especially in a year where three dogs were killed for the sake of Yukoners’ entertainment.

Yukon Quest officials do not answer to any criticisms unless they have a microphone shoved in their face and they have no choice.

I expect a higher level of accountability from Yukon politicians.

The Yukon will be judged by reality, not slogans or a million banners.

Mike Grieco

Whitehorse

Fraud affects everyone

Baby formula. Shaving products. Over-the-counter medications. Batteries. DVDs.

To some consumers, these products are just some of the items on their regular shopping lists.

To retailers, these items represent something much bigger — something that has a direct impact on their long-term viability, their ability to grow and the safety of their customers and employees.

These products represent some of the most popular items stolen by a growing number of organized retail crime rings, which ultimately threatens the health and safety of the Canadian public.

Fraud affects everyone — customers and retailers alike.

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, organized crime costs Canadians $5 billion every year.

In addition, it is estimated that retailers lose more than $3 billion a year, or $8 million a day, to store theft.

What is even more worrisome, however, is that today’s thieves are becoming increasingly sophisticated, thereby posing an even greater threat to Canadian consumers and businesses.

On behalf of small, mid and large retailers across the country, Retail Council of Canada will continue to work with governments and police to ensure retailers — and Canadian consumers — are protected from fraud by encouraging and promoting to recognize it, report it and stop it.

Diane J. Brisebois, president and CEO, Retail Council of Canada, via e-mail

The weight of a word

I am writing in response to the headline (rather than that actual article) describing the possibility of the Canadian Council on American-Islam Relations filing a Human Rights complaint about the issue of Muslim girls being prohibited from wearing the hijab when playing soccer.

Whatever one thinks about the position of the soccer association, the use of the word “grumble” in the headline suggests that the issue raised by the council is without merit, or worse, not serious enough to warrant real attention.

It suggests that the organization is just complaining, rather than expressing a legitimate issue for debate.

In a multi-cultural society, the concerns of a minority group about their religious freedom must be treated seriously. It is important that these issues are presented in the mainstream press in a way that facilitates respectful and fair discussion.

I am not sure whether the News writes the headlines for articles written by Reuters, but I hope in the future more respectful language will be used, or that headlines with such dismissive language will not be chosen for publication in this newspaper.

Emily Hill

Whitehorse