Letter to the Editor

Smells like a dictatorship Open letter to Premier Dennis Fentie, Craig Tuton and Robert Richies: I want to know how bad of a job Mike Travill and…

Smells like a dictatorship

Open letter to Premier Dennis Fentie, Craig Tuton and Robert Richies:

I want to know how bad of a job Mike Travill and Eldon Organ did for injured workers that you have cause to fire them.

Or do you have cause?

It seems to me that it is more likely political inference.

Why don’t you ask all the injured workers they have helped if they did a bad job, or not.

Richies, I noticed on the BC web that you received an award from Premier Gordon Campbell for the good work you did in saving government a lot of money.

Fentie and Tuton should be handing out an award to Mike and Eldon for saving the Yukon government a lot of money by getting the injured workers their entitlement.

Because of them we did not have to go on welfare or get the Yukon medical system to look after us.

They have saved the taxpayers millions by getting injured workers looked after.

I, for one, was very pleased with the work they did for me.

There are a great number of workers in this territory who will be very upset with the way you are screwing them over.

The firing of these two very hardworking gentlemen is appalling.

Oh, I am sure that there will be the odd person that would not be pleased with them if their case was not advanced or they did not like the outcome. But let me assure you that it would not be for lack of trying on their behalf.

There were times when they would let me in early or stay late when I came to town for medical treatment.

 Tuton and Fentie, maybe with the passing of the late Robbie King you think that the Injured Workers Alliance will not be active and holding you accountable.

Well, let me assure you, that you could not be more wrong.

Fentie, with you and your campaign manager Tuton squandering $36.5 million on stupid investments you need Travill and Organ more than ever to make sure that injured workers do not become a burden to the taxpayer or your $36.5-million loss could fast become $75-million burden to the taxpayer.

You know what disgusts us most is the cowardly way you are taking to try and get rid of them, letting Richie do your dirty work for you.

You are gutless wonders hiding in Ivory towers. Surely Tuton, as chair of the WCB, you have seen the good work the board has done firsthand.

It has taken cases all the way to the Supreme Court of the Yukon.

The arguments (issues) brought forward by Travill at that level have been very successful.

I know, because I was one of them.

Richie, if you knew anything about these two gentlemen you are dragging through the dirt, you would refuse. If you don’t, then I guess you fit right in with the dictatorship ways of doing business and I would assume that is the reason you were brought up here.

The work that these two men have done for injured workers and their families went above and beyond the call of duty.

Travill, since you came to this territory you have made it a better place for people to live.

You gave us back our health, pride, and families

I want to thank you and Organ both for all the injured workers and their families for everything you have done.

I and others will be out there working on your behalf, and if there s justice we will prevail.

I encourage other injured workers to write the Justice minister and send a copy to Yukon Employees Union, attention: Laurie Butterworth.

I can be reached at 1-867-994-3288

Mario Murphy


An opportunity for

the Yukon to address

climate change

Open letter to Premier Fentie:

The Yukon Conservation Society wishes to remind you that from December 3-14, the most important international climate change meeting to date will take place in Bali, Indonesia.

This United Nations Climate Change Conference will set out the framework for negotiations of the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol, commencing in 2012, and will lay the groundwork for strengthening global efforts to tackle climate change.

A concerted global effort, starting in Bali, will be required to limit average global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels, the widely accepted threshold beyond which human society faces unacceptable risks from dangerous climate change.

The Bali meeting is an opportunity for Canadian provinces and territories to demonstrate leadership and establish themselves as key actors in this global effort.

The Yukon Conservation Society is very encouraged to see that a number of Canadian provinces and territories are not waiting for the federal government, but instead are leading by establishing their own Climate Change and Energy plans to deal with greenhouse gas emissions.

It is vital that international negotiators at Bali know that provincial and territorial governments in Canada are mobilizing around climate change, especially in light of the shortcomings of the federal government’s climate policies and positions in the international negotiations.

They should also be made aware of the impact climate change is having on the Canadian North.

Thus, we would encourage Yukon representatives to participate in the Bali negotiations.

They will be able to present Yukoners concerns on the world stage, participate in events and bilateral meetings, and share experiences and strategies with leading thinkers and representatives of states, provinces and other jurisdictions from different countries.

The Yukon Conservation Society would be pleased to work with your representatives prior to their departure to help them make the best of the many meetings, learning and networking opportunities in Bali.

We would also be interested in discussing with them how they intend to offset the carbon emissions their travel will create.

Thank you for your consideration and your ongoing efforts towards climate protection.

The Yukon Conservation Society looks forward to working with you in developing a strong Yukon Climate Change and Energy Action Plan that actively reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Lewis Rifkind,

energy co-ordinator

Yukon Conservation Society, Whitehorse

Expected nothing,

lose much

While you’re yapping about all the things Premier Dennis Fentie could have done with the money we lost on investments, keep it in perspective.

Fentie could have built a jail, housed the homeless, built a bridge at Dawson and paid our ambulance volunteers.

He could still do that but he won’t.

So don’t waste your time writing about what will never be.

The Yukon Party has not broken a single promise since it was re-elected. No, I haven’t been smoking anything. They never made any promises, so how can anyone expect them of breaking something they never made?

They told us how wonderful they are and we bought it.

It’s going to be a long four years!

Dale Worsfold

Watson Lake