Letters to The Province, Nov. 25, 2021: Disappointment with the Canucks

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I always enjoy reading Patrick Johnston’s insights into the Canucks and their organization, keep up the good work. Along with my other senior friends (who have all been following the Canucks since the Western Hockey League days), we are convinced that we will never live long enough to see the Stanley Cup presented to this team under its current management/ownership.

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Very sad situation indeed.

Doug Haakonsen, Langley 

Canucks need WHL players

I was reading in The Province about the Canucks latest prospects — another American and another Swede. Why does Jim Benning keep looking outside our country for NHL players? Americans, Russians, Swedes, and Finns are his favourite draft picks.

Canadians are the best players in the world, and prove it on a regular basis. He has had seven years to turn this franchise around and the result is obvious. Times up, Jim and Travis. What the Canucks need is some Canadian WHL players with some grit and determination. The Canucks are so soft to play against. I’m so tired of it all.

Terry Feeny, Penticton

Leaders need to act now on climate change

Re: The scale of the disaster unfolding in B.C. is unprecedented

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The editorial on B.C.’s disasters by Terry Glavin was clear, concise, succinct and a foretelling of even worse outcomes in the future. It should be required reading for all British Columbians, especially our youth. The impact of so many disasters will be with us for decades at enormous costs for recovery. It affects every aspect of our lives — economy, infrastructure, agriculture, forestry, health care, employment and transportation, to name but a few.

Climate change continues to play a major role in the causation of these natural disasters. Yet little is being done by the world powers to make meaningful changes, as witnessed by the recent global climate change conferences. Here in B.C., our local government efforts to minimize human suffering during these disasters have been epic failures, even with warnings of impending large-scale damage and devastation. The heat dome in June (700 deaths), the atmospheric river destruction (with over 1,000 farm animal deaths) that stranded travellers for 48 hours and the as yet total human death toll of the mudslides are just a few of the government’s shortcomings. And then there’s the response to the Lytton tragedy. Mr. Glavin’s comments that the International Panel on Climate Change predicted these catastrophes decades ago hit the nail on the head and should serve as an impetus for our leaders to act now.

Roger Bjaanes, Harrison Hot Springs

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