Letter to the Editor

Unsightly, unsafe and uncivilized Open letter to MLA Glenn Hart: The smoking ban is a good thing. I have just one suggestion.

Unsightly, unsafe and uncivilized

Open letter to MLA Glenn Hart:

The smoking ban is a good thing. I have just one suggestion.

There should be legislation to allow bars to have “non-service smoking rooms” similar to the legislation in British Columbia.

There could be a separate, specially ventilated room or a closed-in deck (similar to the deck at the High Country Inn) where smokers could go and do their thing.

To have patrons smoking on the street does not solve anything.

It just creates problems.

I have lived in Whitehorse for 30 years and I used to walk downtown in the evenings.

Sometimes I would take young children with me or my parents, when they were visiting.

Now I do not feel comfortable walking past bars when everyone is outside smoking.

The patrons are usually in some state of intoxication, so are often quite loud and sometimes rude and obnoxious.

On occasion there has even been fighting.

I do not want to expose young children to this type of behaviour and to the secondhand smoke.

I am embarrassed that visitors to our lovely city are exposed to this type of conduct.

Also, I do not enjoy walking through an ashtray, which is what it feels like in the mornings before the streets have been swept (if they are cleaned at all).

I have also noticed more broken glass around, as some patrons sneak their drinks outside.

The biggest moneymaker in the Yukon and Whitehorse is tourism.

I do not think this state of affairs promotes our city as a nice, clean, welcoming place to visit.

Nancy Cole


Cutting through the fog

Open letter to Whitehorse council:

In my presentation regarding ice fog, incinerating furnaces and uniquely hazardous driving conditions in Rabbit’s Foot Canyon, delivered to mayor and council on Tuesday, June 5, I was unable to present my conclusions.

My allotted five minutes expired just as I was about to convey them.

I would like to present my conclusions here, in this letter.

In conclusion

We have now established that visible vapour emissions from chimneys and vehicle exhaust are inevitable products of fossil fuel combustion, and are dependent on weather conditions and not on furnace design.

We have now established that at minus 30 Celsius, and below, this furnace will emit a white plume of ice-crystals when it is in operation.

We have now established that the Alaska Highway’s Rabbit’s Foot Canyon is uniquely problematic where ice fog is concerned, and that the proposed crematorium can only add considerably to the problem.

This type of traffic hazard makes this a territorial issue again, because we have demonstrated that everyone using the highway will be affected, some of them possibly fatally. (There is a precedent: we do have some experience regarding fatalities in Rabbit’s Foot Canyon) and we will be seeking the counsel of our MLA on this matter as soon as we can.

We invite the mayor and councillors to publicly agree that the proposed crematory furnace will produce very large amounts of visible condensation whenever it is running at temperatures of minus 30 and below.

That’s because the air cannot hold any water at those temperatures. So all of the 700 cubic feet per minute of water vapour emerging from the stack, nicely dispersed in 2,300 cubic feet per minute of flue gas, must condense into ice fog.

We would also like council to agree that this large-volume emission will be visible to varying degrees (in accordance with the temperature — dew point index) whenever the temperature falls below zero. Therefore, I cannot accept the developer’s claim that the operation will not be visible from the street in winter.

We invite Chris Thompson, of Heritage North Funeral Home, to publicly withdraw his assertion (the News, April 30) that “The only thing that comes out of a crematorium stack is heat vapour, similar to the shimmer seen coming off hot asphalt in the summer.”

He should admit that, in the case of this installation, his furnace would produce very large amounts of visible condensation whenever it is running at minus 30 Celsius and below.

We invite Randy J. Rogalsky, president of The Dodge Company (Canada), exclusive distributors for Crematory Manufacturing & Service, Inc., to clarify his statement that the crematorium will not produce large amounts of visible condensation in winter.

Should he continue to assert that the furnace in question will not produce visible emissions at these temperatures, we insist that he put his reputation on the line and explain, within the laws of physics, how the construction of such a furnace has been made possible through engineering.

D’Arcy J. LaCoste