Letters to The Sun, July 30, 2022: McMartin’s column sparks memories of incredible picnic at BC Ferry

Thanks for your amazing columns Pete, we continue to enjoy your wonderful humor. It always brightens our day!


It was with great pleasure that I read Pete McMartin’s column, “Life’s Most Memorable Meals Are the Ones That Speak to the Heart.”

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This morning’s column brought back amazing memories of a meal enjoyed long ago among friends returning from a Saltspring Island wedding aboard a BC Ferry. We had spread out our blankets in a discreet corner of the deck and had prepared our various picnic treats. Our group was joined by Christopher Dafoe, at the time a writer for The Vancouver Sun. To our surprise and delight, our memorable picnic was featured in his column for June 5, 1978, as he recalled other memorable (and not-so-memorable) meals. I can take full credit for the pate served (I still have the pot of pate), and my husband and dear friends, for the other treats mentioned in Chris’s column. To this day, we marvel that we were able to fill our long-stemmed wine glasses with champagne, toast the wonders of experiencing life in the waters of British Columbia, and all this under the watchful eye of the very respectful ferry staff. . This was, without a doubt, a memorable meal that “spoke to our hearts”.

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Thanks for your amazing columns Pete, we continue to enjoy your wonderful humor. It always brightens our day!

Ann Sutherland, Langley

Orcas need space from boaters

Re: Meet K-45, the newest baby orca spotted in British Columbia waters

In the southern waters of the Salish Sea, the state of Washington recently enacted an emergency order in an attempt to improve the precarious health of 13 southern resident killer whales. These killer whales have now been designated as “vulnerable” due to their extremely poor body condition. This is cause for alarm because the remaining 73 southerners have been listed as “endangered” in Canadian and US waters for more than a decade, and they continue to decline.

It is my hope that boaters and whale watchers are sharing the details of this emergency order within their communities on the South Coast.

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I am also optimistic that boaters will stay at least a kilometer from the killer whales during this busy sun-filled August long weekend. This is more than double the distance requirement in Canadian waters. The newborn K-45, the first K-pod calf born in over a decade, and the nursing mother (K-20), as well as all these other majestic marine mammals, will be safer for him. I also expect the Canadian government to have plans to implement longer distances within a year.

Let’s be as cautious as possible because the southern resident killer whales need more space, with less noise and disturbance from vessels, to survive, especially right now.

Michelle Young, Coordinator of Clean Marine BC at the Georgia Strait Alliance

Why all the fuss over the Rogers blackout?

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Why is everyone so worried about Rogers’ outage? We all have occasional power outages that are just as problematic. Our refrigerators lose power, our phones may not work, and our computers and most things we do are dead for a few hours or days. Sometimes we can’t even reach Hydro to report the problem or get details. So why is this so much worse?

R.W. Garnett, Richmond

Solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Re: Halt the growth of emissions from the airline industry

The authors of this op-ed on the aviation industry’s growing contribution to greenhouse gas emissions did a good job of describing the problem, but left readers guessing at the solutions.

Here on the West Coast, the proposal to build a high-speed passenger rail line to connect Vancouver with Portland has been the subject of debate for decades. This project could significantly reduce short-haul passenger air travel in this corridor.

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In addition, implementation of a carbon price on aviation fuel would reduce long-haul passenger and freight aviation with a shift to lower-carbon modes and substitutes.

Derek Wilson, Port Moody

Fireworks and flyovers

It doesn’t make sense to have fireworks shows in the city of Vancouver and, even worse, to combine them with flyovers of airplanes in formation.

For the sake of short-term entertainment, both add to the pollution hanging over our city and the world.

Besides, why should the taxpayer pay for a team of aeronautical acrobats that surely costs a fortune to maintain?

These are outdated forms of public entertainment in these times of pollution, climate change, homelessness (witness the tents on the sidewalks of Hastings Street at DTES), the epidemic of drug-related deaths, and the chaos that persists and worsens. in our health. -care system. These are the areas where sponsors of these programs should and could spend their extra money if they had a real interest in improving the social problems listed above.

John Stewart, West Vancouver

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