Letter to the Editor

Little Paws retraction Re open letter to Glenn Hart (the News, December 22): Significant errors in this letter have come to light; we recant the…

Little Paws retraction

Re open letter to Glenn Hart (the News, December 22):

Significant errors in this letter have come to light; we recant the full letter sent to you on December 18, and would like to make the following statements:

Borud Enterprises and its principals (“Borud”) cashing of the November 2008 rent cheque of $12,600 did not constitute seizure of funds from Little Paws Learning Centre (“LPLC”) without authorization.

Further, this act did not in any way indicate that the principals of Borud Enterprises were not decent human beings. Borud had every right to cash the rent cheque and LPLC’s inability to make payroll was entirely due to its management decisions. Furthermore, the act of Borud cashing the rent cheque was in no way underhanded, immoral, selfish or cruel.

Borud Enterprises did not willfully put our former childcare workers in severe financial and emotional distress. None of Borud’s acts should be seen to reflect negetitively on their character. Borud’s cashing of the rent cheque cannot be seen as any improper appropriation of funds.

Andrew Robulack, former executive director, Little Paws Learning Centre Society, Angela Anderson, secretary/treasurer, Rhonda Kraus-McPhee, director, Dawn Power, vice-president, Little Paws Learning Centre Society board

Whitehorse

Protect the Peel from ruin

We support keeping the Peel watershed, including the watersheds of the Wind, Bonnet Plume, Snake and Hart Rivers a wilderness area, free of industrial development. It contains world-class paddling rivers and hiking.

It is important to us that these values remain unspoiled for local, national and international visitors.

We have paddled the Snake, Hart and Peel rivers and appreciate the lack of human disturbances visible both from the water and from the air. These rivers are part of a wilderness landscape that possess an intrinsic value far beyond any measurable, consumable natural resource based economic value.

We support the concept of keeping this area as an environmentally responsible refuge for species protection and wilderness recreation, tourism, well managed hunting, trapping, guide outfitting, First Nations use of the land and subsistence use.

There is more to land value than the economic value provided by relatively short term resource extraction profits. There is an intrinsic value. Mountains, rivers forests, wildlife and wilderness in general must be seen for their intrinsic worth, which far outstrips consumptive economic value related to the ore and timber that benefit a finite number of individuals for a short time. This must be weighed against conserving wilderness which will benefit generations to come.

We moved to the Yukon after experiencing the wonderful feeling of peace and solitude brought by the lack of industrial development and environmental destruction. No one comes to the Yukon to see industrial development unless they are of the relative minority directly receiving a paycheque from it.

However, people do come and in many cases pay to come and see, to experience, unspoiled wilderness. This is the wilderness that is no longer available for them to experience in their own areas due, in many instances, to the shortsighted greed of their forefathers.

A rush for monetary profit with minimal priority for long-term land sustainability is shortsighted. Lack of land planning has left a terrible legacy for future generations. Wilderness has long been thought of as something that needed to be “conquered, developed and tamed” out of fear and greed.

We have the opportunity to set aside a wonderful area that should be enjoyed and protected so it can exist in relatively unspoiled grandeur for generations!

We as Yukoners, should be intelligent enough to learn from past experiences of other countries and other areas within our own country that once wilderness is lost it is lost forever.

In a world that is becoming more industrialized, Yukon is in the unique position to be an oasis of wilderness areas sought by many in a world where the economy dictates what societies do. The environment should not have to be second to the economy.

The land-use planning process regarding this area needs to be an open, transparent process that is accountable to the Yukon public. The process needs to keep the public well informed before any final decisions are reached.

In our view, Yukon wilderness has far more long-term value to the world than any short-term natural resource extraction that could take place.

Jim and Noreen Schaefer

via e-mail

Cartoon angers

The Whitehorse Aboriginal Women’s Circle would like to voice its shock, bewilderment and outrage in response to the editorial cartoon published on December 1st.

We believe the cartoon, which pictured “Joe Public” in a blood-soaked T-shirt, was meant to convey the sense of public apathy on the missing and murdered aboriginal women of this country. Instead, the message seemed to defend and uphold the apathetic public record when this topic is brought forward in the news. It continues to reinforce the racist attitude that it is OK to degrade the value of aboriginal women.

What were you thinking?

Some of our members are questioning your approach to this sensitive issue in light of local aboriginal women’s issues around murder, abuse, missing women and homelessness. These are just some of the issues that Yukon aboriginal women are experiencing. In the case of Angel Carlick, the most recent aboriginal woman who has been found murdered, no charges have yet been laid.

To date, there are 500 murdered and missing aboriginal women in Canada and many more cases are unreported. These are women who are daughters, sisters, mothers, grandmothers and wives. These are women are the heart and soul of our aboriginal communities.

Why is this issue not important to the Canadian public? Why is the value of one sector of society less important than another?

It is clear that age-old attitudes toward aboriginal women and girls need to change and that we need to take action. It is time to stop talking about it and start doing something to change the apathy and indifference toward this issue.

The Whitehorse Aboriginal Women’s Circle is educating aboriginal women and girls and raising the awareness of the public and all governments in taking some responsibility to end the continuing violence toward aboriginal women and girls. We as a society have to foster the conviction that it is not OK to ignore this atrocity any longer.

Adeline Webber, president,

Whitehorse Aboriginal Women’s Circle

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