Letter to the Editor

Open letter to Michael Ignatieff about the attack on Gaza: I must applaud your recent public statement related to Israel's attack on Gaza where you fully support the Israeli war and call it "the right of Israel to defend itself." It is obnoxi

God’s will?

Open letter to Michael Ignatieff about the attack on Gaza:

I must applaud your recent public statement related to Israel’s attack on Gaza where you fully support the Israeli war and call it “the right of Israel to defend itself.”

It is obnoxious that these people, the so-called Palestinians, after being robbed of their land, freedom and future should trouble a rich powerful nation like Israel.

That perfectly justifies the killing of hundreds of civilians. History of the last 3,000 years has proven that injustice followed by war is the best way to obtain peace. And if for each Israeli you kill 100 Palestinians, maybe someday they will just disappear. What a relief that would be!

Who are these Palestinians anyway? They are likely some Arabs from other countries that took over a land given to the Jews by God himself. Because God, amongst other duties, obviously deals with real-estate matters and delivers land titles to certain humans that he favours over other humans. And if these other humans are not favoured by God, it is questionable that they are even humans at all. So, it is really not that bad to blow them into pieces.

Your declaration, Ignatieff, gave me new hope and faith in the Liberal Party and in mankind in general.

I must really thank you for that.

Yasmine Djabri


Where have all the

wheelchair and

scooter users gone?

Very few are seen anymore in the downtown shopping area.

Do any of them know that if they are on a bus route and a low floor bus is about to pass by, the city has agreed that people can flag the bus down to get picked up? Or if they are on a low-floor bus, they can be asked to be let off anywhere along the route, no longer specifically at a bus stop?

So many of them told me that they weren’t content with having other people living their lives for them, and that they didn’t want to have to sit in corners waiting for warm dry weather to come again. We’re not talking about taking services from other groups with disabilities at all—just adequate service for our group.

Where are all the wheelchair and scooter users and their attenants who told me they wanted more and better Handy Bus service? A few wheelchair and scooter users and affected individuals/attendance have bravely gone in and stated their case.

There is only the rest of January left to go into the Human Rights Commission at 9010 Quartz Road to tell them their story and what they think would improve our bus service. Attendants can’t go to school and upgrade classes for us, nor attend our jobs for us. The city and the human rights commission are still trying to find a workable solution for us, but they don’t have the full picture of what is needed.

Before the election, the politicians said that our votes counted and our tax dollars were appreciated. I was sure I heard that funding could be found to give to the city for more buses/van and drivers, as well as longer Handy Bus service.

I was sure that all concerned agreed that one Handy Bus running for all of Whitehorse was grossly inadequate service, yet in the city’s budget I never noticed any comment about budgeting for more buses or drivers. So when and where are these politicians that were going to take care of our life needs so we can take care of their votes and produce more tax dollars?

One-way trips (where we are magically supposed to be able to get the other way by ourselves), trips slogging through slush and deep snow and fighting freezing batteries, doing without basics as well as cancelled appointments are still very much part of our lives if we have no one to run our lives for us during the winter. Shouldn’t 2009 be the year that we see the end of this kind of subsistence living?

Please pass on this message to the missing folks of our town and those who in the near future will join our wheelchair and scooter group? Additional Comments: Box 31826 RPO Main St. Whitehorse, Y1A 6L3

Christiane Cramp


The truth hurts

Animal neglect is alive and bloody well in Yukon. The Humane Society is once again full of dogs and many cats (these are the fortunate ones).

I have yet to hear the president of the Yukon Humane Society publicly address this ongoing crisis. Too political, I guess.

Bylaw Services continue to pick up dogs, yet John Taylor (the bylaw manager) does not appear to want to confront Kwanlin Dun on the animal neglect/abuse in McIntyre where many dogs are picked up.

Taylor is on record as saying that the people of Kwanlin Dun have their own government. Yet under the Whitehorse banner he is using many resources to catch dogs without addressing the cause of the problem. Perhaps Taylor does not want to see empty cages at the city pound.

The Animal Protection Act is just that. An act! (Where is the new act, anyway?) Lip service and flimsy laws for “them” and the “right” for “us” to pretty much do what we want to do with them.

Many dogs and puppies are left out in the extreme cold without proper food and shelter (many dogs perish from this neglect). Many dogs all over the Yukon are shot (also by RCMP), but this does not seem to bother Ken Kilpatrick who is overseeing this “new” act, as long as dogs are killed “humanely,” he said during the public consultation meeting last May.

You can tell yourself all you want that killing healthy dogs or any other animal because they are no longer wanted is “humane.” There is nothing humane about it. It is cruel and inhumane.

Kilpatrick said that this government wanted this new act to pass in the fall. Last fall! So, while animal abuse/cruelty continues, the animal exploiters and killers continue to be protected and the animals have no meaningful laws to protect them.

“Larger than life” Yukon, eh? What is the definition of this slogan? You know what’s so funny (and not so funny)? Yukon’s slogan just does not add up. It’s meaningless (just like the current animal protection act).

CBC is more than happy to give free advertising to exploiters and killers of animals, i.e., mushers and trappers. Heck, even the Department of Environment will set traps that pose a threat to many animals, just to support other exploiters and killers of animals.

Animals need and deserve the right to be protected. And as it stands, the victory is for their exploiters!

If society is serious about animal protection, then animals deserve serious laws for the RCMP and bylaw services to enforce. These laws must be clear to everyone!

“Stakeholders” should not be given special privilege on what they want do to animals. One law for all. For the animals.

Mike Grieco


Grateful pedestrian

I’m a walker. I have a car but I try to use it only for trips out of the valley and for heavy packing. On my walk today I was so grateful for those who have cleaned their sidewalks.

Sure we can take a bus, but at best they’re infrequent, at worst non-existent on statutory holidays, Sundays and late evenings.

Sure we could take a taxi, but that is more than many people can afford. That leaves walking. Not everyone has the same strength or stamina to break trail in the deep snow of uncleaned paths. To those thoughtful souls in Whitehorse who consistently think of us walkers and clean their sidewalks, a big thank you.

I’ll use a phrase from an old movie (twisted somewhat for this subject): If you clean it, we can walk.

Lynn Martin