Letter to the Editor

Drug dealers prey on First Nations What happened to this world that used to be peaceful? People are scared of standing up to drug dealers.

Drug dealers prey on First Nations

What happened to this world that used to be peaceful?

People are scared of standing up to drug dealers. I think all the First Nation communities should stand together and fight the problem. Now.

There should be a fence put up by the Yukon River bank and cameras planted all over the area.

The riverbank needs to be patrolled nightly by the RCMP or citizens on patrol.

When a person wakes up in the morning, they shouldn’t have to worry about who is going to come after them for their money or rob their home for drug money.

Do you think the big drug dealers give a shit about your life? Or your children, family or parents’? No, they only want your money and to keep you strung out.

Who is going to help you when you are getting beat up or raped? The drug dealers will not run to your rescue, but I am sure they will come along to clean out your pockets.

We are all supposed to be good role models for our children and our community so the little ones could grow up to be respectable law-abiding citizens.

People have to get off the pity pot and quit saying, “Why me? Why me?” and start saying, “Enough is enough!”

We think drinking and drugging take away our sorrows, but guess what? When we sober up they will still be there and the pain will be worse.

Name withheld by request

Carcross

How near is the future?

The Utilities Consumers’ Group would like to inform the public about what is now taking place in front of the steward of our electrical rates in the Yukon.

At this time, the Yukon Electrical Co. Ltd. has an application in front of the Yukon Utilities Board to increase our rates approximately nine per cent by way of interim rate riders effective July 1 to make up for what the company calls a revenue shortfall for 2008.

Two issues are very important at this time.

The Utilities Consumers’ Group filed a notice of motion asking this board to direct Yukon Electrical Co. to file what this regulator had previously asked for — that being, to file evidence on performance-based regulation mechanisms.

In other words, a way to make the utilities more accountable for their “controllable costs.”

The board basically denied this motion and, in its deliberation order, said: “The board is not persuaded that it would be reasonable to direct YECL to bring forward a (performance-based regulation) proposal in the context of the present application or to develop its own (performance-based regulation) proposal for YECL’s response.”

Yet in the board’s recommendation report of January 2007 it advised both utilities, Yukon Electrical Co. and Yukon Energy Corporation, to do so.

The board then adds: “Nevertheless, the board expects YECL to bring forward a (performance-based regulation) in the near future.”

The key words are ‘in the near future.’

By not ordering Yukon Electrical Co. to do so now, as this utility had plenty of notice since the report, the board appears very weak.

When it says ‘in the near future,’ it makes them appear even weaker as this could mean ‘any time’ in the utilities’ language. If a set time is not made specific in a board order then it becomes unenforceable.

This weak decision will now have further repercussions for this Yukon Electrical Co. application.

Why?

Because this same board recommended in this same January report that both utilities file a general rate application by the end of October 2007.

Neither did.

Now in the middle of 2008, the Yukon Electrical Co. decides it needs more revenue, so it files its application and asks for interim refundable rates to collect this money from ratepayers in the remainder of this year.

Will the board waffle again?

In other words, this board should tell Yukon Electrical Co. Ltd.: ‘Tough luck, boys. You should have filed when we told you if you wanted more money from ratepayers for this year; in advance, not after the fact!

Do you think this is likely to happen?

Roger Rondeau, president, Utilities Consumers’ Group, Whitehorse