Readers appalled at Premier Horgan’s comments on Peace Arch Park.

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Re: Rise of COVID-19 variants heightens concern around cross-border meet-ups

We were appalled by Premier Horgan’s response to Liberal MLAs Trevor Halford and Stephanie Cadieux’s request to help close Peace Arch Park. Horgan said: “Far be it for me to get in the way of people who love each other,” and “If Dr. Bonnie Henry raises it as an issue, then that’s when I’ll act.”

The COVID-19 regulations have “got in the way” of me seeing my children and grandchildren, but we hang in there for the common good as directed by Dr. Bonnie Henry. Yet, these people “who love each other” don’t wear masks, social distance and are in tents together. These people work with my kids, and their kids go to school with my grandkids!

Increasing numbers of people are coming to Peace Arch Park from all points in B.C., Washington and cities beyond, and no regulatory body is interested in applying the existing regulations: Testing, quarantine, requiring illegal entrants to return via the regular border crossing — they simply walk back and forth across the border on 0 Avenue. The RCMP are visible but do nothing to stop Canadians entering the U.S., or returning to Canada.

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After the 9/11 crisis, there was no hesitation to close park access to Canadians, so I don’t understand the hesitation to apply the rules given our current circumstances.

This is an urgent safety matter that continues every weekend to grow more serious. I would expect that as our leader, Premier Horgan would take this seriously. But, if you require direction, so be it — over to you, Dr. Henry.

Richard and Shelley Carlin, Surrey

Forestry sector has been protected for decades

Re: No better time than now to protect B.C.’s forestry sector

The irony of Mr. Brash’s opinion is that the forestry sector in B.C. has been protected directly and indirectly for decades. This protection is one factor that has led to an attitude of entitlement to public forests, resulting in the industry’s steady decline over the last three decades. Since 1988, some eight pulp mills have disappeared and over 80 sawmills have been shuttered. Mining, not forest products, is now B.C.’s largest export sector.

In 2000, jobs in forestry, logging, support services and wood-products manufacturing numbered 101,000. Since then, over 55,000 jobs have been lost province-wide. No amount of increased “protection” through privatization of public forests into an industry-controlled working forest will revive an industry that together with the forests ministry has so grossly mismanaged the public’s forests.

Today, the challenge facing the industry and government is to find ways in which forestry can economically benefit rural communities by addressing the provincial crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.

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Anthony Britneff, Registered Professional Forester, Victoria 

Re: Non-working seniors, let’s put ourselves at the end of the vaccination line

Let’s be unselfish, the letter writer wrote, and we should all go to the end of the jabs line. But guess where the writer lives? On Pender Island, population 2,500.

Well, I’m 80 and live in Surrey, so I’m trying to get to the front of the line.

John Boddington, Surrey


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