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

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I always enjoy reading Patrick Johnston’s thoughts on the Canucks and their organization, keep up the good work. Along with my other older friends (who have 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 their current ownership / management.

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Certainly a very sad situation.

Doug Haakonsen, Langley

Canucks need WHL players

I was reading in The Province about the latest prospects for the Canuck: another American and another Swede. Why is Jim Benning still looking for NHL players outside of our country? The Americans, Russians, Swedes, and Finns are his favorite draft picks.

Canadians are the best players in the world and they show it regularly. He has had seven years to turn this franchise around and the result is obvious. Time’s up, Jim and Travis. What the Canucks need is some Canadian WHL players with some grit and determination. Canucks are so soft to play with. I am so tired of all this.

Terry Feeny, Penticton

Leaders must act now on climate change

Re: The scale of the unfolding disaster in British Columbia is unprecedented

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Terry Glavin’s editorial on the British Columbia disasters was clear, concise, concise, and a prediction of even worse outcomes in the future. It should be a must read for everyone in British Columbia, especially our youth. The impact of so many disasters will accompany us for decades at an enormous cost to recovery. It affects every aspect of our lives: the economy, infrastructure, agriculture, forestry, healthcare, employment, and transportation, to name just a few.

Climate change continues to play an important role in causing these natural disasters. Yet world powers are doing little to make meaningful change, as recent global conferences on climate change demonstrate. Here in British Columbia, our local government’s 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 destruction of the river (with more than 1,000 farm animal deaths) that left travelers stranded for 48 hours, and the total number of human deaths caused by landslides are just some of the government’s shortcomings. And then there is the answer to the Lytton tragedy. Mr. Glavin’s comments that the International Panel on Climate Change predicted these catastrophes decades ago were spot on and should serve as an impetus for our leaders to act now.

Roger Bjaanes, Harrison Hot Springs

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