Letter to the Editor

Putting Senate on the spot I would just like to let Yukoners know that on Thursday the government put a motion on notice relating to the Tackling…

Putting Senate

on the spot

I would just like to let Yukoners know that on Thursday the government put a motion on notice relating to the Tackling Violent Crime Act.

The motion is straightforward: It will ask the Senate to pass the Tackling Violent Crime Act by March 1. This will be a matter of confidence.

Canadians want the Tackling Violent Crime Act to become law.

However, the Tackling Violent Crime Act has been in the Senate for 71 days — almost twice as long as it took to pass all stages in the House of Commons.

The Senators passed their last pay raise in nine days. They have once again demonstrated that they are quick to defend their own interests. They should be as quick to defend the interests of Canadians.

Darrell Pasloski, Yukon Conservative candidate for member of Parliament

Corn refiners respond

Wednesday’s Yukon News article Born to feed, corn is the crop of greed, may mislead consumers about high-fructose corn syrup.

Dr. Walter Willett, Harvard School of Public Health Nutrition department chairman, told the New York Times, “There’s no substantial evidence to support the idea that high-fructose corn syrup is somehow responsible for obesity.”

New research continues to confirm that high-fructose corn syrup is safe and no different from other common sweeteners like sugar and honey.

High-fructose corn syrup is a natural sweetener and has the same number of calories as sugar. The US Food and Drug Administration granted high-fructose corn syrup Generally Recognized as Safe status for use in food, and reaffirmed that ruling in 1996 after thorough review.

High-fructose corn syrup offers numerous benefits, too.

It keeps foods fresh.

It enhances fruit and spice flavours.

It retains moisture in bran cereals and helps keep breakfast bars moist.

Consumers can see the latest research and learn more at www.HFCSfacts.com.

Audrae Erickson, president, Corn Refiners Association, Washington, D.C. 

Of animals and

irresponsible people

This recent cold spell has me thinking about all the animals in the Yukon (and elsewhere) who have been suffering and struggling to stay alive.

The chained dogs, the stray dogs and cats who do not have a warm refuge to wait for a change in the weather.

Close to 350 dogs will be subjected to much misery (potential injury and death) in the 25th running of the mighty Yukon Quest.

Many, many more so-called sled dogs left behind to wait out their fate.

Sad fate.

The distress of the trapped animals who slowly freeze to death, become prey or wait for the final blow from the trapper (“steward of the land”) who will sell their hides so people can make a “fashion statement”.

The fur belongs to the animals! If humans were meant to have fur, we would grow our own.

On Thursday morning, the CBC Yukon A New Day crew was complaining about this cold weather, with more cold weather predicted.

Program director Roch Shannon Fraser was heard to say, “I’d like to shoot that groundhog, I can tell ya!” (That is what I remember hearing).

How many times must people tell you to stop joking about animal cruelty?

How many more times will you use animals as a pathetic joke? Eh?

Speaking of which, I hope CBC Yukon will take an occasional break from its Yukon Quest cheerleading, such as the A New Day people socializing with the Quest mushers during the weekend layover in Dawson — while the real athletes (“slaves”) shiver outside — and do some actual reporting about this brutal race for a change.

Does anyone know what is happening with the Yukon Animal Protection Act?

Anyone?

Praise and comfort to all the animals!

Mike Grieco

Whitehorse

Honour a

Conservative instead

Our Yukon MP has put forward a motion in the House of Commons to erect a statue of Pierre Trudeau on Parliament Hill.

I have been thinking since then, why didn’t Larry Bagnell bring forth a motion in honour of a Yukoner?

For instance, I think a statue telling the story of Martha Black would be amazing.

Martha came to the Yukon in 1898, a part of the Gold Rush. At the time, she was a single parent of three sons.

She married George Black in 1904 and then 33 years later at the age of 70 she became the Yukon’s MP, making her the second woman ever elected to the Canadian Parliament.

Darrell Pasloski, Conservative candidate

Whitehorse