Letter to the Editor

Canada fails the world at Bali Today in Bali the UN climate change negotiations will come to a close.

Canada fails the

world at Bali

Today in Bali the UN climate change negotiations will come to a close.

Our Conservative government chose to exclude the Yukon, other provinces and territories and opposition MPs from the Canadian delegation.

Instead of being constructive, our government chose to impede the process.

Canada’s official position is that we won’t commit to reducing our emissions unless big emitter’s like China, India and the US have signed up. At first glance this seems reasonable.

To be clear, China and India have already signed the Kyoto treaty. It’s just that they didn’t have emissions targets in the first round of negotiations. Even two years ago China was taking a lead saying that they expected to have targets in the next round, but they wanted to have the US signed up.

Who should go first? Given that Canada and the US produce five times as much greenhouse gas as China and India do on a per-person basis, the Kyoto treaty was designed to have the industrialized countries take the lead.

But Canada has declared that we won’t be meeting our Kyoto commitment. So from the international perspective we’re saying, “Canada isn’t reducing its greenhouse gases, but we expect other countries to reduce theirs.”

This doesn’t sound like my Canada.

In a poll released earlier this week Canadians once again rated climate change as the biggest problem facing the world.

It came in 20 per cent higher than anything else, including human rights, terrorism and conflict.

So two days ago I signed a petition calling on the Harper government to be more constructive at the Bali negotiations.

The goal of that petition was to get 25,000 signatures. When I checked early this morning it had over 90,000 signatures collected in less than three days!

Even more surprising to me was that 10 different people sent me the notice about the petition after I had signed, and half of those were Yukoners. This is a real groundswell of democracy and it’s heartening to see.

I encourage all Yukoners to write to parliament (you can reach the prime minister at pm@pm.gc.ca). It helps government to hear our voices, and this is true for any issue or any point of view we find important.

In a little over two weeks, the start of the Kyoto commitment period begins. As a Canadian, it bothers me that we aren’t going to meet our Kyoto commitment. But what really disturbs me is that we haven’t even tried.

At more than $90 for a barrel of oil, wouldn’t it be great if our government could be a little more conservative?

I’m done waiting for the government to lead. I’m setting my own target to reduce my carbon footprint.

And I encourage all Yukoners to do the same. Together we can create healthier lives, a healthier economy and a sustainable future.

John Streicker

Yukon candidate for the Green Party

Mayor out of touch

Open letter to Mayor Bev Buckway:

Your quote, “I like that we’re finally spending money on infrastructure and new services,” is revealing.

How about making old services better, like the hours of operation for bus services.

We have people of all ages working late evenings and then they have long walks home in the cold and darkness because late-night transit service is not available.

Not everyone can afford a car or to hire a taxi.

We need daily extended hours of bus service throughout Whitehorse, not special day runs for craft fairs, sporting events, etc.

Yes, there is a “lifestyle here,” people work until 2 a.m. seven days a week. Do we have to wait until someone gets run over, or worse, before this is addressed?

You have not “heard what’s important to the people,” just the businesses that have the loudest lobby voice.

If you expect to hike our taxes, we demand improvements in the services already provided.

Moreover, you want to raise fares — why exactly?

Forget faster loop-service periods; put your attention into extending the hours of operation.

We should get something for our tax dollars.

Not everyone was in agreement with Whitehorse being mired in unending debt to build a $50-million swimming pool.

Christine Tompkins


Call this conservation?

So once again the solution to a perceived wolf problem by the conservation officers in Watson Lake is to snare all the culprits.

This is sickening and systemic.

It must be some kind of secret mandate. Do you people even investigate anything or is your answer to any wildlife encounter death?

Your departments profile is dismal at best, or should I say a joke.

Watson Lake has more dogs than people and they have half-wild packs of dogs running amok everywhere.

As a matter of fact, if one gets hit by a car the rest of the marauders eat it on the side of the road because they are not taken care of and left to fend for themselves.

How about snaring bad pet owners?

Wolves are merely taking advantage of this smorgasbord as they would in nature and it is your office that is far removed from the natural world. Yet you people are the ones in charge.

It’s a real-life fox ruling the henhouse scenario and it plays out over and over and over again.

The evidence is empirical and not opinion based. Observation, experience and repeatability.

It reminds me of the bear that wandered into the YTG yard earlier this year.

The incompetence was almost unbearable to witness.

It almost had its own smell.

Oh and I have the pictures timelined to prove it.

No doubt you never killed the animal because there were 50 witnesses. However in the wild that same bear would be summarily killed.

Forty minutes for a bear cage to show up and then another 30 for the drug gun to show and then yet another 45 minutes to mix the solution.

Meanwhile the bear is trying to jump the fence, frothing at the mouth and stressed to the max. No doubt the bear died of either an overdose or of a heart attack behind Canadian Tire.

How you people sleep at night is beyond me.

Kevin Sinclair