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Chamber hypocrisy I was surprised to hear that the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce wants to merge the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Board with BC…

Chamber hypocrisy

I was surprised to hear that the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce wants to merge the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Board with BC or Alberta.

For years the chamber has been urging us to support Yukon businesses by purchasing locally.

So I’m supposed to buy locally, but they go south when they think it will save them money?

What a bunch of hypocrites.

Merging the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Board with BC will inevitably mean job losses here in Whitehorse.

If the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce is successful in pursuing this half-baked idea, as a public servant I will do my best to avoid patronizing any business that is a chamber member and encourage everyone I know to do the same.

Jo-Anne Smith

Whitehorse

Puppies deserve better

On Friday, a lady brought a small black pup to the Mae Bachur Animal Shelter.

She said someone had 10 pups and was giving them away to anyone.

I wish the lady could have brought all the remaining nine pups to the shelter, as we do wonder where the others are.

Will they get their shots, be wormed and vet checked?

Will they eventually be spayed or neutered to prevent more unwanted pups being born?

Please, if you see anyone trying to give away puppies or kittens, ask them to bring them to the Mae Bachur shelter on Tlingit Street, bring them yourself, or phone the shelter at 633-6019.

People taking pups on the spur of the moment may later find they are a lot of work, make a mess and chew your stuff, with the result the pups get abandoned or given away.

An animal is a huge lifelong responsibility and thought must be given to whether one is ready to undertake that.

The shelter requires that you must wait 24 hours after your application to adopt animals so you have time to consider the implications of another life in your care and the impact on your life.

When you do pick up your animal at the shelter, it will be healthy and ready for a good start in life.

Every animal sees the vet, has its first set of shots, has been wormed, microchipped and has a certificate to present at the vet office when it is old enough to be spayed and neutered.

If you do all these things, which should be done for free, for a given-away pup, it will be more than $400, more than double what the shelter charges, which is $190.

Sadly, for some people, $400 is too much and these things are never done.

That is why I hate to see kittens and puppies being given away like chocolate bars.

Please bring them to Mae Bachur so the animals can have a better start in life.

They deserve it.

Jane McIntyre

Whitehorse

Conservative hopeful

doesn’t understand Senate

Re Darrell Pasloski’s letter “putting Senate on the Spot” regarding the Senate holding up Bill C-2, ‘Tackling Violent Crime’ (the News, February 11):

When one understands how the Canadian Parliamentary system works you know that in the Canadian Constitution, the Senate of Canada is placed beyond political interference from the House of Commons.

The converse is also true.

You would also know that the Senate is not a confidence Chamber.

Parliament studies legislation from a partisan perspective; the Senate studies legislation for content.

The two are very different and, by receiving such diverse perspectives, Canadians are well served when new legislation is passed.

Bill C-2, Tackling Violent Crime, is an omnibus bill made up of five bills, which were studied in the House of Commons for more than a year before the Conservatives prorogued Parliament in 2007.

When the new session opened this fall, having already been studied, the five bills were combined and quickly passed all stages in the House.

Pasloski claims the Senate has had this legislation for 71 days, but the Conservatives adjourned Parliament early in December and only came back at the end of January.

This means the Senate has only had C-2 for 16 sitting days.

When one considers all the steps a bill must take when passing through each of the Houses, C-2 is really making remarkable progress.

Making a comparison to the quick passage of remuneration legislation failed to note that the House of Commons was just as quick with its passage as it affected all Parliamentarians.

Bill C-2 has some very desirable and long-overdue changes but as with all new bills it requires careful study.

Once passed C-2 will become law and rushed legislation can cause costly problems.

At no time has the Senate suggested it would not pass Bill C-2.

If it were not for the government’s perceived desire to provoke an early election the quick passage of C-2 would not be an issue.

As with any bill, Senators from all parties want legislation to be the best it can be.

To give Bill C-2 the scrutiny needed the Liberal Senate committee chair has requested permission to sit through the break week of February 18-22 to hear more witnesses.

Far from being an obstruction, the Senate is accommodating in every way it can to move Bill C-2 along while at the same time providing the scrutiny good legislation deserves.

Retired Senator Ione Christensen

Whitehorse

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