Letter to the Editor

Fuel wasted, planet wounded Thirty years ago, I attended the Winter Games in Lloydminster, Alberta. One particular memory has vividly stuck with…

Fuel wasted, planet wounded

Thirty years ago, I attended the Winter Games in Lloydminster, Alberta.

One particular memory has vividly stuck with me: hundreds of buses idling for hours, while waiting for the games to end.

It was extremely wasteful and polluting — one couldn’t even see or breathe properly.

It was quite a let down to note, at the closing ceremonies of the CWG, dozens of school and charter buses idling for at least two hours with the drivers still sitting in them.

This was apparently to “keep it warm for the passengers.” I would accept this excuse if the buses were only running for five to 10 minutes and if it was colder than minus 20, but two hours at minus 5?

Even with so much talk about climate change lately, we are still behaving as we did decades ago. Will it be the same 30 years from today?

Suat Tuzlak


Well done, Whitehorse

Open letter to Whitehorse city council:

During the Canada Winter Games, I enjoyed a Homestay visit.

I walked to take the bus and appreciated the woodland trails connecting neighbourhoods.

It was great to see a hiking trail in a residential area, and to get some respite from the houses, streetlights and pavement as I walked around.

The green areas ( as opposed to manicured parks, which supply a different setting) make your city uniquely attractive.

I applaud your city planners for leaving these wild areas within the city.

The bus system and helpful bus drivers were also a great help to visitors like me.

I am also impressed by your recycling program and how it includes compost. 

Thanks and keep up the good work,

Hilary Johnstone,

La Ronge, Saskatchewan

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