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Firefighters’ wages dominate municipal employee payroll
VOL. 24, NO. 23
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Members’ roles have changed considerably over the years with higher levels of diverse training increasingly necessary BY TOBY GORMAN THE NEWS BULLETIN
Remuneration for Nanaimo’s firefighters dominate the city’s recently released list of municipal employees making more than $75,000 annually during 2011. While the list grew to 176 municipal employees making that amount or more – that’s up from 112 employees in 2008 – firefighters account for 76 of those positions. Of those, 24 firefighters exceed the $100,000 mark with 16 fire captains making between $100,000 and $107,000 annually. In 2008, only four firefighters, all chiefs or assistant chiefs, made more than $100,000. Firefighters are currently negotiating a new contract with the city, which is expected to be completed later this year. Under the current contract, Nanaimo’s International Association of Fire Fighters union members received an annual wage increase of almost four per cent. That means a firefighter making about $85,000 in 2008 is now taking in on average $12,000 more. Nanaimo Fire Chief Ron Lambert said as an industry, firefighter wages throughout the province are consistent with each other, and IAFF locals bargain based on other communities in the province. He added that the roles of firefighters have changed considerably
over the last several years and that members have had to become more diverse in their training. “What has happened with firefighter wages is that there is parity with Vancouver,” said Lambert. “As an industry, firefighter wages throughout the province now, for the most part, are consistent with one another. And these numbers are based on all of our firefighters’ incomes aggregated, including training programs and overtime.” Lambert added that firefighting is only one part of his members’ duties under the current contract. Medical response, technical rescues, public education and vehicle extrication all require high levels of training. “Arbitrators have decided the standard,” he said. On average each year, Nanaimo firefighters respond to about 5,000 calls. Of those, 60 per cent are medical response. Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan said he wasn’t in a position to comment on firefighters’ wages because they are at the bargaining table, but he did say protecting the citizens of Nanaimo is a council priority. “It’s expensive, yes, but there are standards to be met and people expect a certain service level and we have made it a priority to provide that,” said Ruttan. He added that because of Nanaimo’s linear shape, ensuring proper response times is a challenge. ◆ See ‘PROTECTIVE’ /4
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Jenny Moxam, left, and Tony Martinson of Garco Coatings Systems, slap a fresh coat of bright yellow paint on one of the lifeguard chairs at Westwood Lake Beach Wednesday. Summer made its debut with hot, sunny day with hopefully many more in the weather forecast for the remainder of the season.
Candlelight vigil held for Lisa Marie BY CHRIS BUSH THE NEWS BULLETIN
A candlelight vigil Saturday (June 23) will mark the 10th anniversary of a Nanaimo woman’s disappearance. Lisa Marie Young has not been seen since she left a house party in Nanaimo the morning of June 30, 2002. Ten years later, her mother, Joanne Young, still waits for the mystery of her daughter’s disappearance to be solved and Nanaimo RCMP investigators continue to hope for a break in the case. In the intervening years, Joanne has
fought to keep her daughter’s memory alive with walks, vigils and other public reminders. This year’s event, A Voice for Lisa Marie, takes place at 10 a.m. at Christ Community Church, 2221 Bowen Rd. Supporters will set out for a walk along Bowen Road at 10:15 a.m. and then return to the church to share memories. Joanne arranged the ceremony to be held one week ahead of the anniversary of her daughter’s disappearance, so it won’t conflict with the Canada Day holiday and more people can turnout. ◆ See ‘MOUNTIES’ /7
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Nathan Beaudin, 1, takes a turn driving the engine on the El Paso train ride during Re/Max of Nanaimo’s Customer Appreciation Day Saturday. Crowds braved the soggy weather to take in a petting zoo, bouncy castle, climbing wall and a hotdog and hamburger barbecue.
Substitute teachers sought I teachers, said Southwick. “It’s encouraging that there are some jobs out there for some people,” she said. “The big issue is that there’s fewer students, so we don’t keep adding to our roster. And even though we have a number of people who are eligible to retire, people are choosing not to retire.” Southwick said people want to work and live in Nanaimo, so it is harder to get a job here. She also believes universities are producing too many students. Justin Green, first vice-president of the Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association, said in recent years, only teachers who specialize in certain subject areas such as physical education or upper level sciences, are considered for the TOC list. “This one it became evident that there’s just not enough elementary generalists,” he said. “It’s
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A false alarm from a pocketdialed cellphone sent emergency responders scrambling to Long Lake on the weekend. Events unfolded Sunday shortly before 1 p.m. when a 911 operator received a frantic call in which she heard people screaming and words to the effect that a boat was sinking. “There was lots of voices, screaming and there was talk about a boat being sunk,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “The operator actually was convinced it was someone in distress in a vessel that was going down.” A trace of the cellphone’s location suggested the call came from Victoria Avenue and 102nd Street near Long Lake. Five police cars and three Nanaimo Fire Rescue trucks plus a rescue boat were rushed to Long Lake where crews found no emergency had taken place. Police then contacted the cellphone’s owner, who informed them her daughter, 15, was at a nearby McDonald’s restaurant with her cellphone. Police found the girl in the restaurant’s play area where she was playing a makebelieve game about the sinking of the Titanic with some younger children. “She didn’t have her cellphone locked, it pocket dialed and went on for 90 seconds,” O’Brien said. “Five police cars and three fire trucks were tied up for a minimum 30 minutes. It was a huge waste of resources that could have been easily prevented.” O’Brien said people need to lock their phones and if possible, not have 911 programmed into their cellphones to prevent false emergency calls.
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A verbal argument that resulted in the RCMP calling out its emergency response team ended peacefully Wednesday morning. The incident started at about 2 a.m. when a 53-year-old male tenant of the Sharman Mobile Home Park on Metral Drive in north Nanaimo and his landlord got into a verbal argument. “The landlord was over at his tenant’s place,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “They get into a heated argument, a handgun was produced and threats were made.” It was several hours before the landlord could move to the front porch and call 911. “Alcohol was a factor and he was hoping at one point the guy would fall asleep on him,” O’Brien said. Mounties plucked the victim off the porch, carried him to safety and called in ERT members to contain the residence and evacuate nearby homes. The suspect gave himself up shortly before 9 a.m. and was scheduled to appear in Nanaimo provincial court Wednesday to face recommended charges related to weapons and uttering threats.
Nanaimo News Bulletin Thursday, June 21, 2012
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Protective services costs $36.1 M ◆ From /1 A new fire hall in Chase River, which required hiring 20 new firefighters over the last two years, was built in 2010 and another hall on Hammond Bay Road, not far from the Pacific Biological Station, is in the works. “It’s definitely not getting less expensive,” he said. In 2012, protective services, which includes police and fire services, account for $23.6 million and $12.5 million respectively, or one-third, of the city’s $118.9-million operational budget. RCMP members receive federal paychecks. Overall, municipal employees with remuneration greater
than $75,000 cost taxpayers $16.7 million while all 750 union city employees cost $28.1 million, for total city staff remuneration of $44.9 million. Topping that list was city manager Al Kenning who earned $223,269 while Doug Holmes, general manager of corporate services and assistant city manager, made $180,816. Twenty-seven other union excluded management earned more than $100,000. Remuneration for the city’s elected officials in 2011 cost taxpayers $290,573. Each year, owners of about 30,000 taxable properties in Nanaimo generate about $86 million in tax revenue.
The B.C. Hockey League’s Island Division just got a whole lot more interesting. Bill Bestwick, the former coach of the Nanaimo Clippers, was introduced Wednesday as the new coach and general manager of the Victoria Grizzlies. The junior A hockey club will be under new ownership, as a group called Vancouver Island Sports and Entertainment Ltd. is finalizing a deal for the majority share of the team. “One of the worst kept secrets in the last 24 hours is who’s going to come up and help us to do this,” said Ron Walchuk, president of VISE. “Bill’s a great hockey strategist, he’s got passion in developing young players, he’s proven in the business side of running an organization, so I’m really excited to bring him to the Victoria Grizzlies.” As a current city councillor in Nanaimo, Bestwick said that he will be splitting his time between the two cities, but may distance himself from some committees. He said he will be living in Victoria for the majority of the week, while doing a lot of commuting. Bestwick coached the Clippers for two separate stretches,
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Masonic visit a boon for city More than 400 delegates are in Nanaimo for a Masonic leadership conference this week. The Grand Lodge of B.C. and Yukon has chosen to hold its 141st annual communication Thursday to Saturday (June 21-23) at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Conference centre officials estimate the event will generate more than $500,000 in economic benefits for the city. The event includes ceremonies, banquets, meetings and a tour to Coombs for the ladies.
Fire crews busy with fire bug A suspected fire bug was at work in the Bowen Road and Harewood areas early Tuesday morning. Fire crews responded to four small fires in the area, starting with a burning traffic cone near Bowen Park at about 3 a.m. The second fire was a burning portable toilet about an hour later in the Third Street area. Rick Kwasnecha, fire investigator with Nanaimo Fire Rescue, said at this point, firefighters notified police that two arson fires had occurred. But the incidents didn’t stop there – at 4:30 a.m. crews put out a dumpster fire in an apartment complex on Sixth Street and at about 5 a.m., some rubbish was lit on fire on Howard Avenue. Kwasnecha said fire officials suspect it was the same person or group of people responsible for all four incidents.
◆ From /1 About 40 supporters attended last year’s vigil. Ten years have done little to sooth the agony of her daughter’s disappearance. “It was even quite a struggle to get into planning this because it is really hard emotionally,” Joanne said. Lisa Marie would be 31 this year. “There are people who know what happened,” Joanne manages to get out before choking up with emotion. There are plenty of ongoing missing persons cases in B.C., but locally there has always been a strong emphasis by the RCMP on the Lisa Marie Young file because police believe finding her will provide the missing pieces to the puzzle of an unsolved crime. “We believe she met foul play,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, RCMP spokesman. “That’s the bottom line. It’s a suspicious missing [case] and tragically we think she met with the hands of foul play.” Lisa Marie was last seen at about 3 a.m. June 30, 2002, leaving a house party in Nanaimo’s Cath-
A walk and candlelight vigil Saturday (June 23) will mark 10 years since Lisa Marie Young disappeared. Police believe the Nanaimo woman, who would be 31 this year, met with foul play.
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was when she phoned a friend at 4:30 a.m. Police identified the car and the
man Young left the party with. He is part of a police list of persons of interest in the case, but in spite of following up every lead, producing Crime Stoppers TV reenactments and even conducting a full scale search with K-9 units based on information from a psychic, police have, so far, not been able to prove foul play or find the missing woman’s remains. “Based on the evidence gathered – and we have thousands of pieces of documentation, we have hundreds of tips, we have Crime Stoppers tips, we have the public calling, it’s brought to the public’s attention every year through the family’s vigilance with their walks and not letting her memory fade – our members continue to work this file and, hopefully, someday we’ll get a break and we’ll find out what happened,” O’Brien said. Anyone with infor mation about what happened to Lisa Marie Young is asked to contact Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www. nanaimocrimestoppers.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal budget leaves imbalance in coast guard services BY TOBY GORMAN THE NEWS BULLETIN
Nanaimo-Alberni Conservative MP James Lunney expanded on his recent concerns over Canadian Coast Guard cuts Monday, saying that Ottawa bureaucrats have overlooked West Coast geographical challenges by proposing to reduce marine communications and traffic services from five to just two. The cuts are part of Bill C-38, the federal budget, which has moved into the senate and is expected to pass into legislation this week. Kitsilano’s search and rescue base is also slated to be closed, which has caused widespread public concern. Last week, Lunney said he had asked for a hold to be put on the changes – which would see 10 of the country’s 22 MCTS stations close over the next three years – so that further review could take place.
The proposal would leave two centres monitoring 27,000 kilometres of coast.
The five-term politician, who has backed coast guard services since first elected in 2000, said the new plan would leave an imbalance in coast guard services while leaving the West Coast prone to service gaps. “The MCTS proposal would leave just two centres monitoring 27,000 kilometres of B.C. coast from Sidney on Vancouver Island and Prince Rupert in the North Coast,” said Lunney in a press release. “By contrast, Atlantic Canada, even after reorganization,
will retain five MCTS centres covering 11,400 kilometres of coastline. Something all coastal communities B.C. residents understand but Ottawa seems prone to overlook is our offshore geological fault line; minor quakes happen regularly and geologists tell us a major one is a certainty.” Lunney pointed to a strong quake in 2004 that shook Seattle and closed down U.S. monitoring stations, with Canadian centres temporarily picking up the service. If a similar quake affected Canadian centres, especially Sidney, it would result in one centre being responsible for the entire coast. That centre would be MCTS Prince Rupert, which has its own challenges. Lunney, who has visited the site, said heavy rain, fog, and low cloud cover make many of the antennas inaccessible for weeks on end, making it inadequate to be the sole backup for Sidney. Because of the Asia Pacific
Gateway project, the area will also see increased shipping traffic, including oil supertanker traffic from Kitimat if the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline is built. Under the new plan, MCTS Tofino, based in Ucluelet, will be closed, taking about 25 jobs out of the community of about 1,600 people. MCTS Tofino monitors vessels including container ships, tankers, military ships, tugs, barges, sail boats, yachts, cruise ships, commercial and recreational fishers approaching Juan de Fuca Strait, one of the busiest marine traffic lanes in North America. “There is an old adage: a threefold cord is not easily broken,” said Lunney. “MCTS Tofino should remain part of a future state-of-the-art coast guard service.” The proposed plan states that improved technology allows for the closures while maintaining current service levels. email@example.com
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Children lose in labour fight g As in any non-decisive battle between implacable foes, both sides are claiming victory after a Labour Relations Board decision last week. LRB vice-chairwoman Ritu Mahil ruled the B.C. Teachers’ Federation didn’t authorize an illegal strike by directing members to refrain from “activities which occur outside of class time/instructional hours and are truly voluntary and extracurricular.” The decision means NEITHER teachers have the right to SIDE is withdraw their participation keeping in voluntary extra-curricular best interests activities. of students in It’s a win for teachers, says BCTF president mind. Susan Lambert, because it clarifies the distinction between voluntary and non-voluntary extracurricular activities. Summoning the wisdom of Solomon in the middle of an especially tense B.C. labour relations showdown, Mahil also ruled that teachers have to participate in after-hours things that are part of their work duties. This includes parent-teacher interviews, district committee meetings, schoolbased team meetings and Ministry of Education initiatives. So, it’s also a victory for the B.C. government and the B.C. Public School Employees’ Association, which filed an LRB complaint claiming the union struck illegally. Of course, if both sides partially won, they also partially lost, but let’s not dwell on the optics of the public relations spin cycle. There are more important issues at stake. One of which is what to do with a new school year that is only three months away. The LRB ruling helps, but to avoid the uncertainty and disruption that plagued this school year, both sides must remember what’s best for students.
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Choosing to work instead of welfare The B.C. government has taken Finance Minister Kevin Falcon some modest steps to tighten up took note of this during his the province’s income assistance budget preparations. Increasing system, and to encourage people numbers of young, employto work when they are able to. able people were applying for With Premier Christy Clark welfare in southern B.C., while swooping in to take credit, Social jobs go begging in the booming Development Minister Stephanie northeast. Falcon mused about Cadieux unveiled changes that setting up a program to provide included fixing the worst mistake training and plane fare for these in B.C. Liberal policy. people, an idea quickly Cadieux acknowledged dubbed ‘welfare air.’ B.C. that B.C. was the only Another effort to get VIEWS province that clawed young people workback all earnings from ing is Jobfest, a rockTom Fletcher employable welfare themed road show Black Press recipients, and she currently touring announced that from northern B.C. towns. It now on they will be attracts young people able to earn up to $200 with music and souvea month without pennirs like drumsticks alty. The exemption and guitar picks, and for disabled people is offers them skills increased from $500 to assessment using sexy $800 a month. iPad apps and graphics Another important change is that depict carpentry as cool. requiring welfare recipients to If Jobfest and welfare air sound file income tax returns. People a bit desperate, it’s because they can now do temporary work are. They illustrate our society’s when it comes along, report the problem. income and take advantage of We have a public school system the various tax credits that come where students pass whether from participating in society they do the work or not. The culinstead of just living off it. Any ture assumes self-esteem is more experience earning money is important than achievement. valuable experience. The teachers’ union constantly With baby boomers starting to sets an example that the way to retire in big numbers, the expect- get what you want is to stamp ed labour shortage has begun your feet and demand it from across Western Canada. And yet, government. What do we expect increasing numbers of foreign young people to learn? workers are coming in to do farm And how easy is it for B.C. to and other work, while many slip into a Greece-like tailspin, young people are unemployed. where a majority expects to
be carried on the backs of the shrinking minority who do productive work? Old-timers might recall when Mike Harcourt’s NDP government took over from the allegedly miserly Social Credit regime and raised welfare rates. They compounded that mistake by relaxing eligibility rules and making it easier for employable people to stay on welfare. After a couple of years of this wealth redistribution, 10 per cent of the B.C. population was on welfare, with more piling on every day. Faced with the results of this staggering blunder, Harcourt lashed out at “cheats, deadbeats and varmints” scamming B.C. taxpayers and launched a crackdown on fraud. Later, the NDP cut the basic rate for single employables to $500 a month. Today it stands at $610, and the NDP looks poised to repeat history. Surrey MLA Jagrup Brar did a month-long publicity stunt in January, living on welfare by wandering from shelter to food bank with TV cameras trailing behind. Brar would have been better off if welfare air had been available. Instead of learning to live off the burgeoning urban handout industry, he could have gone up to Dawson Creek or Fort St. John and worked as a labourer. ◆ Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
Government doesn’t care about B.C.’s best interests To the Editor, With the passage of Bill C- 38 in the House of Commons, the process of reviewing pipeline projects will be streamlined as a result of significant changes in the environmental review process. The omnibus budget bill also overhauls environmental protection and fisheries laws. These changes are good news for Enbridge and their proposed project to carry diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to the B.C. coastline for shipment to Asia. This legislation also provides the potential of swifter passage for the twinning of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and the dredging of the Second Narrows. For the residents of the Great Bear Rainforest and most of Vancouver Island, however, these developments spell uncertainty and probable disaster as a result of oiltransporting supertankers plying their course through difficult to navigate coastal waters. To add insult to injury, the federal government has moved the emergency oil spill response centre from Vancouver to Quebec and is shutting down the Kitsilano coast guard station. The conversation ensuing after the June 3 screening of the film Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez in Nanaimo, left little doubt as to how apprehensive and alarmed viewers were about the inevitability of an oil spill in B.C. waters if the two pipeline projects proceed. Caitlyn Vernon of Sierra Club B.C. spoke emotionally about the dangers an oil spill would present to the Great Bear Rainforest. Since the federal government has demonstrated with Bill C-38 that it does not have the best interests of B.C. in mind, local governments must be called upon to voice their opposition to dangerous cutbacks and oil projects that will not benefit B.C.’s economy and only spell catastrophe for the coast and British Columbians. Carla Stein Rachelle Stein-Wotten Nanaimo
Thursday, June 14, 2012 Nanaimo News Bulletin
Income inequality a child of the ’70s
To the Editor, Re: Gap between rich and poor is not a new development, Letters, June 14. I find it interesting how Jim Corder in one breath admits he is not an economist, and with his next breath, tells us income inequality has been widening since the 1930s. An odd way to convince people. His statement though,
is wrong, dead wrong. The income gap has not been widening since the 1930s, it’s only been widening since the 1970s. At the end of the Second World War and with the creation of social safety nets in the west, the income gap was much smaller. Home ownership was up, tuition was low, and jobs were aplenty. These were the days of Leave It To Beaver, Johnny Carson, and the
rise of the middle-class. This trend continued until the mid-1970s when it was reversed by a fantastic idea: neo-liberal economics. Yes, the same word spewed by those very “students” and “protesters” and “environmentalists” who Corder fears most. The same word spewed by those damn progressives. But in the mid-1970s, as soon as the taxes
were lowered and the regulations axed and the unions busted, the income gap began to increase – and continues to do so today. Today, much like the during the Great Depression, the invisible hand of the market is dominated by the greedy hands of the super rich, who capitalize on deregulated markets to increase their already mountainous piles of
wealth. Wealth that never trickles down. Unlike Corder suggests, we should not “emulate them.” Like the “students” and “protesters” and “environmentalists” suggest, markets should be sufficiently regulated so those who barely make dust can have a fair shake at a decent life. A life that’s more equal. David Geselbracht Nanaimo
Readers respond: Feedback on news items District chairman fails to see point To the Editor, Re: Working together best for students, Letters, June 19. I’m having trouble taking Jamie Brennan seriously when he writes “Kip Wood is wrong when he suggests that the Nanaimo/Ladysmith board of education made cuts to programs and services in its 2012-13 operating budget.” Wood said no such thing. What he did suggest was that the Nanaimo school board has failed to address a decade of cuts totalling $16 million. I expect the chairman of the school board to have reasonable reading comprehension, and to be reasonably honest in argument. We deserve that much. William Jackson Nanaimo
Cost of gasoline drops sluggishly To the Editor, Re: Gas price reflects other costs, Letters, June 19. Paul McDowell makes a number of salient points in his recent letter. However, he did not address the incompatibility concerning the rapidity of rising gas prices versus the sluggish way in which price reductions take place. For instance, the last major increase we all suffered was one of 10 cents per litre. That’s quite a hefty amount, even more obvious if figured in the old measure at 45 cents per gallon. This happened overnight, not spread over several days or weeks, which is, without doubt, the way in which the price will fall – providing it actually does.
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It’s hard to believe that the price of any commodity should show such markedly different characteristics in the way in which it’s price fluctuates up and down. Consequently, despite McDowell’s many valid points, I am left with the thought that there is still something rotten in the state of Denmark. Garry Bradford Nanaimo
Oil companies control gas prices To the Editor, Re: Gas price reflects other costs, Letters, June 19. Is Paul McDowell working for the oil cartel of Canada? Gas prices no more reflect on the cost of crude oil than the price of milk on the cost of grass for the cows. If they did, then the prices would fluctuate according to those changes. But what actually happens? The prices jump around without any justifiable reason. And what is even more astounding, they change at every station at the same time, but not at all stations in Canada at the same time. Who, or what, controls this pricing? Not supply and demand. If gas prices were truly controlled by supply and demand, then large cities like Toronto would pay
much more than smaller locations as the demand is much higher there. It is not controlled by the price of crude oil. It is noticeable that when the price of gas goes up, it jumps several cents. But when it comes down, it is by a cent or two each time. It is also not controlled by maintenance work at some refineries. There is always preparation by oil companies storing enough gas to get past this situation. The oil companies are the only ones that could make such price changes. And unfortunately for the consumers, the federal government is based in the oil-rich province of Alberta so it continues to allow this cartel to work. J. Sharpe Nanaimo
Call for review not near enough To the Editor, Re: Lunney calls for review of coastal cuts, June 19. It was good that James Lunney, MP for NanaimoAlberni, has been able to recognize that cutting coast guard services on the B.C. coast is a bad move. It would have been better if he had found the gumption to stand and vote for the amendment to remove these cuts from Bill C-38, the omnibus budget bill that was
forced through the House of Commons last week. Better still, if he could expand his interest to recognize that many of the other provisions in that bill are equally bad or even worse for Canada and its future – for example cuts to environmental regulations and to immigration services. Why did he have to blame federal bureaucrats for the cuts? The truth is that his political masters simply ordered the departments concerned to make cuts – never mind how. Most Canadians know very well where we have to put the blame. But, with Lunney, we should be thankful for small mercies. Jim Manly Nanaimo
MPs should listen to constituents To the Editor, Re: Lunney calls for review of coastal cuts, June 19. It was amusing to watch Nanaimo-Alberni MP James Lunney crying crocodile tears over the coast guard closures that resulted from Bill C-38 – a bill he just voted in favour of. He seems to have gotten his priorities wrong. An MP should always put the interests of his constituents first, not just toe the party line. If MPs just put the interest of their parties first, why bother having them around? S. I. Petersen Nanaimo
Pesticide decision good for province To the Editor, Re: B.C. ban on pesticides rejected by committee, May 22. The British Columbia Special Committee on
Cosmetic Pesticide use should be commended for examining the issue of urban pesticide use so thoroughly. The committee received 8,675 submissions and held 22 meetings where presentations were made by dozens of witnesses including experts from Health Canada, environmental groups, industry organizations, scientific organizations and academics. In the end, the committee made 17 recommendations, but came to the conclusion that scientific evidence does not warrant preventing British Columbians from buying and using approved pesticides so pesticides should not be banned in B.C. The committee did its due diligence on this topic and discovered that pesticides in Canada are regulated by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency which employs more than 350 scientists who are experts in their field. The review process involves a comprehensive set of 200 tests and a review of all scientifically credible studies that exist to ensure the product will not cause harm to people, animals or the environment. If the report from the committee had been different and they had instead recommended a ban, the groups that are unhappy with the actual outcome would be commending the government on a thorough process that looked at all available science before making the decision they did. It’s ironic that these same groups only like the “growing and suggestive body of evidence” when it yields the answer they want. Lorne Hepworth president CropLife Canada
Nanaimo News Bulletin Thursday, June 21, 2012
Environment suffers in desire for oil A recent pipeline leak sent 475,000 litres of oil into Alberta’s Red Deer River. It could have been worse – nothing was
being pumped at the time. The company, Plains Midstream, claims the light sour crude may smell bad but poses no
risk to humans. It happened as crews were cleaning a larger spill from last year at another of the company’s pipelines. That one dumped 4.5 million litres of oil into the surrounding forest and wetlands. The recent Red Deer River spill was also the site of a leak in 2008. Industry figures show that more than 3.4 million litres of fossil fuels have been accidentally released from pipelines every year in Alberta since 2006. One litre of spilled oil can contaminate a million litres of groundwater. Enbridge, the company that wants to build a dual pipeline from the tar sands to the B.C. coast, has had more than 800 leaks and spills on its pipelines since 1999, sending close to 27 million litres of oil into the environment. That included a 2010 spill in Michigan that dumped 3.8 million litres of diluted tar sands bitumen into the Kalamazoo River.
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ous Douglas Channel and across the Pacific and down the coast to China and California for refining – pale in comparison to rapid exploitation of fossil fuel deposits and the associated impacts of climate change, pollution, and economic short-sightedness. The goal of our government and industry leaders appears to be to dig up as much oil as possible, as quickly as possible, and sell it overseas, and damn the economic and environmental consequences. If that means selling entire tar sands operations and the bitumen to companies owned by a government known for human rights abuses and environmental destruction and if it means polluting water and putting people’s health at risk who cares? There’s a quick buck to be made. And the economy will appear to chug along until the next election. And that’s surely enough time to dismantle
many of the laws and institutions that have made Canada the great country it is. Whether or not we smarten up and start switching to cleaner energy, we’re going to need oil for some time. Rather than rushing headlong into this and putting our environment, health, and economy at risk, it would make more sense to step back, develop a national energy plan and figure out how we can use this valuable and diminishing resource efficiently and in a way that provides long-term benefits for all Canadians rather than a few industrialists and China’s totalitarian government. We also need to start monitoring the longterm impacts of the never-ending spills from leaky pipelines. ◆ Written with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation editorial and communications specialist Ian Hanington. www.davidsuzuki.org.
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Morgan Canada’s Trans Mountain Pipeline twinning project and Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project, council members expressed concerns about peak oil and climate change. They felt Canada should focus on renewable energies and domestic energy security instead of shipping unrefined oil products while importing refined oils. At its June meeting, council also directed the Islands Trust executive committee to represent the Trust’s legislated mandate to preserve and protect the Trust area during Kinder Morgan public engagement processes related to the proposed pipeline expansion.
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SPCA hosts rabies vaccination clinic
Low-cost rabies vaccinations and microchipping are available Saturday (June 23) at the Nanaimo and District SPCA. The annual rabies vaccination fundraising event takes place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 2200 Labieux Rd. Leon Davis, branch manager, said this is the first year the branch has offered a microchipping clinic, which costs $25 and increases the chances that a lost pet will make its way home. “We see, just in Nanaimo alone, five stray animals per week,”
Exhibit features island brickyard The Gabriola Historical and Museum Society opens its season Saturday (June 23) with a new exhibit about the Gabriola Brickyard. Using never before seen artifacts and archival images, Brick by Brick offers a glimpse into a time when the working people of Gabriola Island crafted the very bricks that built the towns and cities of British Columbia. Little remains today of the brickyard except for piles of broken bricks on Brickyard Beach, and the name of the steep hill on South Road. But from the end of the 19th century to 1952, the brickyard was Gabriola’s single most important industry, and largest employer. For more than five decades the brickyard shaped the lives of hundreds of island families, Chinese contract labourers and immigrant workers. The exhibit opens at 11 a.m.
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Mining heritage celebrated Nanaimo South End Community Association is starting to develop a history of its own by celebrating the neighbourhood’s past. The association is hosting its 20th annual Miners’ Heritage Picnic Saturday (June 23) at Deverill Square Park from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The free, family event begins with a pancake breakfast and includes a heritage walk around the neighbourhood with Jill Stannard from the Nanaimo Historical Society at 11:15 a.m. Along with a pet parade at 1 p.m., ongoing activities include live music, painting and crafts
Cedarites cycle on Canada Day Members of Cedar’s United and St. Philip Anglican churches are celebrating Canada Day with a bicycle ride. Cedar Cycles to Church takes place July 1 from the Cedar Farmers’ Market at 8:30 a.m. The public is invited. For information, please call 250-722-3455.
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