Letters Sept. 22: Who’s paying for all these election indicators?; how we will increase organ donations in B.C.

With all these indicators, present us the IOUs

No higher signal of an upcoming election than … indicators. Heaps and plenty of indicators, some very polished {and professional}, others extra fundamental.

Of explicit curiosity to me is the proliferation of upscale indicators. Strolling by Prepare dinner Avenue Village I seen one candidate for council has a plethora of indicators, and greater than as soon as they’ve positioned 5 indicators in a stretch of fifty ft.

This received me questioning who’s paying for these indicators. And why. I want to know the place the IOUs are going.

Obligatory disclosure of whole marketing campaign contributions and particular disclosure of donors contributing greater than a set quantity for every candidate could be helpful on this regard.

Victoria deserves higher than the most effective council cash can purchase.

Keith Hutton


Nova Scotia’s regulation helps increase organ donations

In 2021, the variety of organ donations elevated by 40 per cent, greater than the earlier yr. This yr must be even higher, because of the lower in COVID-19.

This is because of an organ donation regulation, proclaimed unanimously in April 2020 and enacted in January 2021. This regulation makes everybody 19 years and older an organ donor, except they choose out.

Nova Scotia is the one jurisdiction in North America to have such an organ regulation.

I really feel each province ought to have such a regulation. As it’s now, too many individuals are dying due to an absence of organ donations.

Please write your MLA or the well being minister and advocate for a Nova Scotia-based organ donor regulation.

John Hungar


Let the prime minister take time to loosen up

Re: “PM reveals disrespect by singing in bar,” letter, Sept. 21.

The letter author repeatedly states that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was singing in a bar. That is false. He was within the foyer of the resort he was staying at, together with the others within the Canadian contingent (together with the pianist).

There is no such thing as a indication he was ingesting or appearing in a drunk or disorderly method. He has by no means proven something however the best respect and affection for the Queen.

However I suppose he’s not allowed to loosen up, placed on a T-shirt and socialize a bit, properly earlier than all of the rigourous formalities of the next days.

Can we minimize him a bit slack? There are rather more urgent points to be handled.

Betty Wurtz

Shawnigan Lake

Queen would have beloved PM’s musical second

Re: “PM reveals disrespect by singing in bar,” letter, Sept. 21.

The letter urged that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has proven disregard for the sentiment of Canadians by having a personal second stress-free and singing alongside throughout his go to to London.

As a longtime royalist, I’m completely optimistic that the Queen herself would have had a bit giggle at Trudeau’s selection of track. I can say that with all the peace of mind that this letter-writer additionally appears to command by studying the sentiment of Canadians.

Trudeau’s singing a preferred track is far much less embarrassing than having the possible and now chief of the Official Opposition assembly with and marching with the Freedom Convoy who, with overseas monetary helps, are attempting to undermine the Structure of Canada, and particularly, the well being and well-being of individuals wanting to guard themselves from a worldwide life-threatening pandemic.

Now that’s lack of judgment and whole disregard for Canadians.

Anne Miller


fifteenth Discipline Regiment deserves kudos

Thanks for the nice protection of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral commemoration. I want to pay tribute to the members of the fifteenth Discipline Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery, our sister regiment from Vancouver, who had been additionally an integral a part of the 21-gun salute right here to honour Her Majesty on Monday.

They offered a detachment of howitzers and enormous contingent of troopers who, as military reservists, gave up their weekend to come back to Victoria to arrange, drill and be part of the artillery salute so important to those moments.

Their contribution was deeply appreciated.

John Ducker

Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel

fifth (B.C.) Discipline Artillery Regiment


Select candidates who’ve optimistic values

The Sept. 14 letter “Pierre Poilievre fills me with chills” resonated with me, however a Sept. 17 rebuttal saying Poilievre was OK left me chilly.

Values similar to compassion, integrity, decency and humility are universally accepted and timeless, and their which means typically understood. I used to be lucky to have had dad and mom who exemplified these virtues in all features of their lives.

My father contracted polio at age 17, and made an nearly full restoration, aside from just a few minor signs that reappeared in his 70s. He was overjoyed for others when a vaccine was developed and made accessible within the Nineteen Fifties, and I doubt that he would have objected to obligatory vaccination for that sickness.

He additionally served within the infantry for 4 years throughout the Second World Struggle, quickly after his marriage ceremony. On one of many uncommon events on which he spoke of that interval, he talked about his two darkest days; being denied depart for his father’s funeral — they had been too in need of males — and stepping off the practice on the finish of the conflict to satisfy his spouse and her dad and mom, burdened by guilt as a result of his brother-in-law didn’t make it dwelling with him.

Like greater than one million different Canadians, he championed a freedom that may be a privilege tied to duty, and with the higher good as its tenet.

The model of freedom espoused by the convoy members and their supporters — the notion that we will do or personal regardless of the hell we would like with no obligations every time we disagree with a authorized or political determination — is an egregious affront to everybody who has contributed to and sacrificed for the valuable present that we should protect.

The least that every one professional voters should do is to vote, in any respect ranges of presidency, for candidates who we really feel to be most consultant of optimistic values, who help freedom with duty, and who’ve a report of collaboratively tackling robust points.

Charlie Burton


Two checks collectively are finest for detection

Re: “Colonoscopy is best for detecting most cancers,” letter, Sept. 19.

The letter concludes that colonoscopies are simpler in stopping colon most cancers than a fecal (blood) check. I’m 78, a long-time resident of B.C., and I’ve diverticulosis as a result of I didn’t eat sufficient fibre as an grownup.

I’m due to this fact properly acquainted with fecal blood checks.

I’ve additionally had a number of colonoscopies in B.C. due to the outcomes of fecal blood checks, and polyps had been eliminated on a minimum of one event. Nonetheless, because of the most recent fecal blood check and subsequent colonoscopy, I just lately had stomach surgical procedure to take away a malignant tumor in my giant colon.

In my expertise, neither a fecal blood check nor a colonoscopy can forestall colon most cancers, however together each can determine most cancers at an early stage and result in efficient surgical procedure.

I have no idea why the author of the letter mentioned he “didn’t meet all the necessities” to get a colonoscopy.

I’ve a GP who referred me to a surgeon who did the colonoscopy, who then referred me to the surgeon who did the stomach surgical procedure. No person informed me there have been necessities that I needed to meet.

Christopher Wilson

North Vancouver

Qualicum council has supplied transparency

Qualicum Seashore Coun. Teunis Westbroek said he has “acknowledged and apologized,” however what’s he apologizing for? Asking a employees member to take away info that might be thought-about proof in a lawsuit?

City council was proper to censure him for that motion. As a courtesy to Westbroek, and maybe in consideration of his a few years of service, the city supplied Westbroek a chance to depart politics on the finish of his time period and have his transgressions stored confidential.

They honoured their finish of the settlement; he didn’t, as he’s working for mayor.

Council has offered quite a few avenues for folks to acquire info on issues earlier than council and choices made. The method for approvals is evident and concise.

All the data is there for anybody who needs to look it up or have it despatched to them. Public conferences are held to encourage public enter.

Primarily based on my observations, the earlier council made arbitrary choices primarily based on their beliefs of how Qualicum Seashore ought to develop or not develop, or which teams made essentially the most noise, or the non-public opinions of the mayor or councillors that, if expressed publicly, have or might result in lawsuits.

The newest council, below the steering of Mayor Brian Wiese, has offered transparency and effectivity in proceedings. Let’s not return to the way in which it was.

Cities and cities are rising and we’d like individuals who can and can make choices primarily based on motive and rationale. I don’t at all times agree with each determination made by the present council, however I have a look at what profit it brings to the city, not simply to us personally.

That’s how a group works. Not by lashing out at others who maintain one other view and telling them to “get out of city,” or disparaging individuals who have moved right here prior to now decade, or slandering corporations or people.

Individuals who do this do us all a disservice.

Carla Farmer

Qualicum Seashore


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