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pleASe voTe A great letter from Allan Hopper in a recent Morning Star about voter apathy. I am a retired senior. There is only one election (municipal) that I didn't vote since I was able. I am happy I live in a country where I can vote. Millions of people around the world don't have the right to vote. The one time that I didn't vote, more than 40 years ago, was because I didn't feel like it. That was not a good reason. I think the voter turnout in Canada should never be under 90 per cent. Do we want someone else to decide what kind of government we have and how much we are taxed? If we lost our rights in this country, would those of you that don't vote complain. I don't think you would have a right to complain. Next month is the provincial election. As the saying goes: vote as you please but please vote. Karl Schoenberger voluNTeeR weeK It is National Volunteer Week and we are writing to say that, at the

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Clearing the air on carbon credits

he recent release by the B.C. auditor general has led to a vigorous debate on the future of carbon neutral government. As a seller of carbon credits to the Pacific Carbon Trust, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) looks forward to any clarity that may result in the B.C. carbon market. However, a recent editorial in this newspaper (“Greenhouse gas leaks from Pacific Carbon Trust” by Tom Fletcher), perpetuates factual errors that fail to inform any debate. Acquisition of a conservation project is the beginning of our work, not the end. When NCC purchased Darkwoods in 2008, our expensive, long-term commitment to the conservation lands began. From the outset, revenue from carbon sales was seen as critical to supporting this stewardship effort. Without the possibility of carbon sales NCC could not have undertaken a project of the size and scope of Darkwoods. Yet, those facts are conveniently overlooked by Mr. Fletcher. Further, he fails to understand the baseline used to calculate stored carbon at Darkwoods. Independent evaluations were not based on the possibility of NCC clearcutting the property, but rather on what would have happened had NCC not acquired Darkwoods. The alternative to NCC ownership was acquisition by a market-based buyer. The land would

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have been intensively logged and subdivided. The difference between that scenario and the current conserved property forms the basis for carbon valuation. Mr. Fletcher asks, rhetorically if NCC would have logged Darkwoods. “Legally, it could not,” he writes. On the contrary, NCC does log the Darkwoods site. We operate a small, sustainable harvest based on conservation values that supports the property and the community. In fact, overall,

Junction Literacy Centre, volunteers are indispensable. The time, talents and caring that our volunteers share with others each week have a lasting impact in our community. We know that more than 350 elementary school children are reading with more confidence this year thanks to the small army of trained volunteers in our One to One Children’s Literacy and Skills Boost programs. As well, in our seniors computer support program, more than 40 seniors have met with encouraging and patient volunteers who help them deal with their computer questions and fears. They tell us that their tutors demystify the computer to help them engage in this age of technology. At the literacy centre, we would be lost without the energetic volunteers who manage our Give and Take bookshelves as well as those who help with various projects and fundraisers. Our volunteers often tell us that the personal benefits they gain by volunteering outweigh what they give. We agree that everyone wins,

but it all begins with one person offering to help another. Our sincere thanks to all volunteers for the difference you make, this week and every week of the year. Debbie Schiller, Amy Doylend, lana Schuster, lynda Kerr, Kathy wylie Junction literacy Centre SpeNDiNg oN vAlue I am writing this letter without knowing the results of the sports field referendum only because I have said my piece on this subject. But I would like the municipality to give opposing viewpoints equal amount of money for the anti vote as they spend and to have one or two persons on the panel. The true definition of a democracy. The reason for this letter is very concerning. I drove by and noticed that East Side Mario's is closed and gone. I suppose this is a cost of 30-plus jobs. Sports Mart closed (15 to 20 jobs). SQM telemarketing saw 40 jobs lost to the U.S. and there are 30-plus jobs lost at the recycleing centre. Anywhere from 120 to 150 jobs lost that we cannot afford to lose.

our ownership of Darkwoods has resulted in a $13 million economic benefit to the community, to date. The Darkwoods Forest carbon project was the first of its kind undertaken in Canada. The project is certified under the verified carbon standard, a standard that ensures a carbon project follows internationally-recognized protocols and has tangible environmental benefits. The Nature Conservancy of Canada spent three years developing the project, and exercised due diligence at every step while working with various industry experts. The project also fulfilled all provincial regulations and met all standards for carbon offsets. More importantly, Darkwoods is a world-class conservation project. Without revenue from forest carbon, the longterm protection of this vital 55,000 hectare property and the fate of animals and plants that find a haven there would be in jeopardy. The proceeds from the carbon sales went back into the long-term stewardship of Darkwoods — for the sake of nature and the people of B.C.. Darkwoods ensures in perpetuity, British Columbians will see the magnificent forest for the trees. Tom Swann, Associate Regional vice-president, B.C. The Nature Conservancy of Canada

This is just in past few months so just think what is in store for the remainder of the year I look around the downtown and business areas, and all I see are for rent, lease or sale signs on buildings or land. The city council and RDNO must start doing something about this and they can start by erecting a state-ofart recycling plant. This can be built just below the present location and this will allow for direct access from the highway without having to go up the hill and have them return and the present area. This will reduce congestion at the scale area. This area with some work can be levelled and a proper plant built and get recycling from other areas brought in. This could increase the number of jobs greatly and give the people who depend on this money a steady and good place to work. It could also recycle the same products as the other recycle depots. I would rather have my tax money spent on something of value like this that will assist all of us rather than beautify.

Let us be proactive not reactive as the present council and board seem to be. garry Haas

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