Vancouver Sun March 19 letters to the editor

The B.C. Centre on Substance Use recommended on Feb. 21 that B.C. establish heroin compassion clubs for drug users as the death toll from B.C.’s opioid crisis continues to climb.

Francis Georgian / PNG

Re: B.C. approach to opioid crisis means well, but is misguided.

Letter writer Katherine Hammond is right — and not so right. It is true that one rarely reads that drug treatment and cure are goals in our current public policy. And it is helpful and appropriate to point to other jurisdictions where addiction treatment is mandatory and part of the social welfare system.

But this failing local policy is guided entirely by power, ego and control. Some day someone might report that the provincial health authorities actually do not believe that abstinence-based treatment works and that they refuse to fund beds where detox is the first step.

We can be proud that we have added one of the great modern oxymorons to the language — opioid replacement therapy.

David Berner, Vancouver

Will they get an apology?

There are now more than 40,000 veterans waiting for disability benefits from Veterans Affairs and the backlog is still growing.

What if these 40,000 brave people had not put themselves in harm’s way for Canada? These noble Canadians participated in conflicts, peace missions, rescue duties and various other tasks that were assigned to them, and did so readily to make Canada and the world better.

Despite promises to fix the mess, it continues to grow. What’s next? An apology from the prime minister at some time in the future?

Roger Cyr, Victoria

Men-only swim too?

It’s terrific that International Women’s Day radio broadcasts celebrated provincewide women-only swims, which address concerns about body image, religious perspectives and so on. I fully support progressive initiatives like this.

Do these equality moves mean that the downtown Vancouver YMCA can now reactivate the noon men-only swims that were removed as a result of inequality protests 30 or 40 years ago?

Tom Rankin, Kamloops

Daylight saving is great

I don’t know who is pushing to eliminate daylight saving time or why. I guess they prefer the dark.

I couldn’t help but marvel at Sunday afternoon, the first day of DST, that never seemed to end. That extra hour of daylight now, and especially in the summer, is a gift. There’s entirely too much being made about this hour of adjustment. The whiners need to accept some responsibility and make a little effort to adjust.

I look forward to enjoying dusk at 10 p.m. every evening this summer, and I won’t be alone.

Jobst Bode, Vancouver

Activists not democratic

The LNG pipeline has full approval of 20 democratically elected First Nations councils. As well, federal, provincial and municipal elected officials have done their due diligence on the impact of the pipeline and approved it.

The small, vocal minority against the pipeline, led by some hereditary chiefs and non-Indigenous citizens are, in essence, protesting against democracy.

Garrick Jay, Pitt Meadows

SNC job losses not true

SNC-Lavalin sought a deferred prosecution agreement based on its claim that many jobs would be lost without one, and that the company might have to leave Canada. The federal government accepted this, but recent disclosures have shown that SNC would continue to operate successfully without a DPA.

In a nutshell, SNC is saying, “If we cannot commit bribery and other criminal acts and, rather than face criminal charges, simply negotiate a suitable fine with authorities, then we cannot be competitive in Canada.”

I know of no other Canadian engineering company that takes a similar position.

Don Codville, North Vancouver

Terms used to dehumanize decisions

Saturday’s editorial critiques Coun. Pete Fry’s use of the term “corridor” in reference to the zones traversed by the proposed Broadway subway extension. His terminology obscures the fact that the “corridor” involves residential neighbourhoods, inhabited by people whose environment will be devastated by the intense densification that Fry and others at city hall intend to impose.

Totalitarian regimes exploit dehumanizing terminology to conceal the impact of their policies on human lives. The new council is intoxicated with its power to transform residential neighbourhoods and parkland, regardless of the environmental degradation and human distress involved. We must find a way to stop the juggernaut before it rolls over us.

Eric Levy, Vancouver

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