Outfitter failed our trust
Open letter to Klaus Heynen:
You’re currently in court trying to say that losing your outfitting business, after multiple violations of the wildlife act, was unreasonable.
I’d like to tell you what I think about that.
The way I see it, your multimillion dollar business was based on a resource that is shared by everyone in the Yukon. In return for the privilege of making money from it, you were asked to follow the rules.
We trusted you to do that, and you didn’t.
You betrayed that trust, the trust of all Yukoners, to uphold the law and to respect wildlife.
You made your money dishonestly, disrespectfully and you cheated Yukon people, both present and future.
You no longer deserve our trust, and you certainly don’t deserve our tax money.
A step toward
Now that the city’s new zoning bylaw standards for landscaping is in effect, positive changes are already visible.
As I bicycle on Two Mile bike path to work, I cannot help but notice how landscaping around the new Canadian Tire building and Mark’s Work Wearhouse is carefully done.
The whole area has been transformed with this substantial effort.
One of the nicest additions is the professionally built connection between this car-oriented shopping area and the Two Mile walk/bike path next to Canadian Tire parking lot.
This is the first time pedestrians and cyclists have safe access to enter a commercial district with a designated, car-free pathway, in style.
Other establishments in that area, which got away without landscaping their properties because there wasn’t a bylaw at that time, can still do this beautification and improve their own lots as well as our city’s appearance.
These include the mighty Wal-Mart, one of the world’s largest corporations, the stores at the strip malls around, as well as the car dealerships with their booming businesses located on acres of black asphalt — they all can afford this little additional expense.
The good examples of previously self-initiated public parking landscaping projects are Dairy Queen and Whitehorse General Hospital.
With a reasonable expense and a vision for more than the day after tomorrow, these environmentally responsible institutions did their share to beautify the city many years ago.
We all benefit aesthetically, and now grown trees are working hard against global warming.
Regarding landscaping and climate-change related initiatives, I am looking forward to the requirement of covered and safe bike parking facilities for all new developments as a next, important step.
This convenience will encourage this environmentally friendly mode of transportation a lot. Montreal has it — why not us?
Peace gets a chance
The northern sun shone high in the sky on June 24. Friends and family gathered in the northern boreal forest.
The occasion? Labyrinth Yukon Open House.
“Thanks for opening the path.” “Beautifully done.”
“Thank you for your beautiful step toward peace. Every thought is so important.”
“A walk in peace!”
These words, some of the lovely wishes Roger and I received in our guest book after the ceremony.
Liesel Briggs, a well-known Yukon educator, spoke to peace as she dedicated our labyrinth. In part, she shared:
“Peace isn’t a word. It is a way of life, a way of being in this world.
“Peace is respect and tolerance, patience, and empathy. It is love.
“It is humour. It is much more. It can be all of us.”
Barbara Chamberlin, one of Yukon’s awesome entertainers, graced our day with her powerful, soulful voice.
Her songs, Follow Your Heart and Sanctuary were perfect pieces for our ceremony.
She sang as guests walked the labyrinth.
Folks enjoyed the gardens too — a lovely mixture of annuals and perennials looking very healthy in the early Yukon summer. Cosmos, petunias, marigolds, hostas, lilies, pansies … a grand colour palette. The wild roses in the surrounding forest filled the air with a romantic fragrance.
The day ended with refreshments, lovingly prepared earlier in the day by Roger, Kirsten (daughter) and Nellie.
When you travel northward, remember to visit us.
Nellie Dale, Roger Jackson