Letter to the Editor

Stand and be counted, businesspeople Open Letter to the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce and the Yukon Chamber of Commerce: Both of your…

Stand and be counted, businesspeople

Open Letter to the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce and the Yukon Chamber of Commerce:

Both of your organizations have remained mum on the Yukon Party’s stand to demolish the rate stabilization fund for electrical ratepayers within a little over a year — 50 per cent this July and another 50 per cent next July.

Talk about a better time frame to avoid rate-shock!

If this government is so confident that the Minto mine will get us out of the quagmire of offering consumers affordable electrical rates without the need for this fund keeping rates stable, then why don’t they wait to let this happen within the rate stablization program as it now exists.

What the Utilities Consumers’ Group would like to know is: where do your members stand on the continuation of this fund?

Certainly electrical rate increases will effect many small- and medium-size businesses.

With increases in fuel prices, wages, and now electrical rates, how can these small businesses remain competitive or viable?

And the domino effect of such on the economics of the Yukon as a whole … increase in costs to maintain a business means an increase in prices of commodities, losing customers, downsizing or laying off workers, increased inflation and then increased interest rates and….

Let’s not forget the repercussions of increases in electrical rates to the Yukon municipalities: increased electrical costs means increased expenses, means increased taxes, means more of a burden on the average Yukoner.

If the Minto mine is connected to the grid and all the benefits occur in which the powers that be say will take place — i.e., increased revenues to Yukon Energy from the sale of surplus energy to the mine, then these increased revenues will take away the riders on your bill such the YEC 14.93-per-cent revenue shortfall caused by the closure of Faro mine.

A greater increase in revenues will take away the fuel rate rider of nearly one cent per kilowatt hour on your bills.

And before you know it there is no need for the Rate Stabilization Fund, or a better way to view this is that the RSF rests at zero but remains alive. And we have affordable power rates!

That is until we need the rate stabilization fund again when the industrial customers leave our territory and the infrastructure costs have to be paid by someone — guess who?

Can you give us a notion of where your members stand on this issue?

Roger Rondeau, Utilities Consumers’ Group, Whitehorse

Defends dance company

Re Some unenchanted evening, the News May 18:

I would like to speak up in defence of the dancers and instructors at Northern Lights School of Dance in their choice of including Cell Block Tango in their Saturday matinee performance.

In my opinion, the piece showed verve and spirit, and the way in which it was presented was tasteful and fun.

To reduce the work of the dancers and choreographers to the lewd and lascivious level that Chalia Tuzlak purports is a shame.

In regards to the “code of ethics” Tuzlak calls for, I would respectfully suggest that she is getting dangerously close to calling for censorship of the arts.

It is up to parents to do their homework before they take their children to any performance, and for each parent to decide for him or herself just what is and what is not “appropriate” for their children.

If you are so afraid of what your children will see, then you need to be vigilant and active.

But please, Tuzlak, don’t impose your values on me or my family — or on the arts community in general.

Finally, I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation to all instructors and dancers at Northern Lights School of Dance for years of high quality dance instruction and for performances that have been, and I’m sure will continue to be, of outstanding production values and excellent technical and artistic quality.

Mary Sloan

Whitehorse