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Straight talk about jail Some time ago, I read an article in the paper concerning the construction of the new correctional facility.

Straight talk about jail

Some time ago, I read an article in the paper concerning the construction of the new correctional facility.

I became quite concerned to learn that the new jail will be called a “Healing Centre.”

I am an elder in Kwanlin Dun. During my life, I have been in and out of jail, but have not been back in jail since 1993.

Going to jail is the consequence of committing a crime. Jail time is jail time. I am concerned that the rest of Canada will get the wrong idea about our corrections facility.

I learned healing in jail, certainly, but it was not the main purpose for me being there.

I think the new jail should be both: a place to spend time as a result of breaking the law but also a place where healing can take place.

I think that elders like myself, have a lot to offer. We’ve been there, we can talk to inmates, share our experience and help them find another way to live. We are proof of that.

We want to walk with them, support them, encourage them. It’s possible. But call the jail what it is, a jail — not a healing centre.

 

L.W. Gordon Sr.

Whitehorse

 

Harper’s secretiveness spells trouble

Now that Stephen Harper is asking to be re-elected prime minister, it would be a good time for Canadians to ask him to explain what confidential issues were discussed at the secret Security and Prosperity Partnership meetings he attended at Banff and Montebello.

In a media interview following the Montebello meeting, Harper was asked to comment on what important matters were discussed. He trivialized the question by remarking about the standardization of the quality of jellybeans.

The secret agenda of the meetings was never made public, but the term ‘harmonization’ was occasionally used.

Would a majority Harper government negotiate the harmonization of health care, labour safety, agricultural marketing, and environmental standards between the US, Canada, and Mexico?

And what about energy and water supplies? Was the harmonization of foreign policy and defence on the agenda?

We don t know. The meetings were closed to the public and included only the leaders of the US, Canada, and Mexico, along with selected politicians and financial and industrial heavy weights.

And yet, Canadians have a right to know. These issues affect our quality of life and our country’s sovereignty.

If the matters discussed were so innocent, why all the secrecy and security?

When politicians pander to corporations and major decisions are made surreptitiously, without public and parliamentary debate, it can no longer be called democracy. It’s corporatism.

 

William Dascavich

Edmonton, Alberta

  Pause to reflect

I really don’t know how any reasonable Yukoner could consider voting for the Conservatives or the NDP.

Those parties held hostage the right to be heard via the national broadcast consortium.

It is undemocratic to have done so and immature to slough off the ploy to the broadcasters.

The Green Party gets one MP and the large parties are terrified: so terrified, that they wouldn’t even play.

That should give Yukoners great pause.

Ross Burnet

Whitehorse

Wolves not to blame

Re Put bounty on wolves (letter, the News, September 10):

Bounty hunting?

What century are we in? This would be a great way to drive wolves to the brink of extinction!

One letter writer said that there are an “estimated 10,000 wolves following” caribou, and murdering 30 to 40 per cent of them (the wolves) could perhaps conserve the caribou to maintain a way of life for some humans.

This would obviously bring death for many nonhumans (and is a comment only a speciesist could make).

First, where did you get the idea of 10,000 wolves from? A bumper sticker, perhaps?

 What the two men witnessed — and I applaud them for speaking out and having the guts to blame humans — was the wholesale slaughter of caribou by a bunch of so-called hunters using high-tech gear to wage war on them.

And this has happened already far too many times in the past. It appears to be an annual ritual, as a matter of fact. And all the “stewards of the land” have yet to do anything proactive to stop this madness.

Torrie Hunter, the manager for conservation officers who monitor northern Yukon said, “We’re fairly limited by what we can do, enforcement-wise.”(the News, September 5).

There you go! No law made — no law broken, I guess. Conservation officers can only enforce laws that exist; they only do what they are told.

I have personally witnessed (and I have photos and video footage) how some so-called subsistence hunters operate in NWT. It is plain murder!

Caribou are killed indiscriminately (including pregnant cows), in large numbers, and many of their carcasses are left to rot, sometimes with just the hindquarters removed, other times abandoned intact, others left to suffer and die later on from gunshot wounds.

Ron Holway, you need not concern yourself with what wolves are doing — there are other bigger issues at stake: humans and the lust to kill!

Humans have created this crisis and we need to start looking at ourselves as a part of nature (not separate) and start giving back instead of always taking from her by killing anyone (animals) we want to.

Wolves have existed for many thousands of years among all wildlife and have not caused extinction to another species.

What a mess we have made in just a couple of hundred years with our technology.

It’s time to wake to the evils that humans do!

Stop blaming the wolves.

Mike Grieco

Whitehorse

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