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ed members from our multicultural community. Claire Wu, New Westminster

My only concern is about people who are immigrants and can’t speak and read English. During this time, I’ve seen that most Chinese immigrants are very isolated and don’t have much knowledge about what’s going on in our community, especially seniors and those whose English level is low. Due to the language barrier, they can’t access to all of the information related to the community, newspapers, public library, etc. Unfortunately, seniors are the most affected population, because when their children go to work, they mostly stay at home to take care of their grandchildren and watch TV. This is not good for their physical and emotional health. How can the City of New Westminster support them and make them feel that they belong in to our great community? In my opinion, city hall’s website should add different languages to translate their municipal administration services information. Also, during the municipal election, why didn’t the candidates translate their political propaganda into the most spoken foreign languages from our city? In addition, cultural awareness classes to educate people and develop activities to mix the communities, such as Chinese New Year, Moon Festival, etc. All of these suggestions are a way to assist not only Chinese immigrants, but also other isolat-

Dear Editor:

Climate change expert Mark Jaccard from Simon Fraser University says B.C. is on its way to blowing its emission reduction targets. This concerns me on a number of levels, not the least of which is the fact B.C. has, up until now, been a world leader on environmental issues with the toughest greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in North America. According to Jaccard, the only way for B.C. to meet its emission reduction targets is through a major move to renewable energy such as hydroelectricity, wind, solar or run-of-river. Fortunately, renewable energy is available in great abundance within B.C.’s borders, and we merely need to develop it. In terms of job creation, I can’t think of anything that would produce more jobs throughout B.C. than a plan to massively expand the province’s renewable energy infrastructure on a scale similar to that of the massive hydro energy development projects that took place in B.C. during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Jobs and the environment don’t need to cancel each other out. B.C. can successfully lead on both. Yolanda Lora Vilchis, Surrey

system, which would certainly fit a right-wing perspective. One has to wonder whether that government will weaken the Canada Health Act to allow for such things as user fees and an even larger presence of private health care. This brings me to that political tightrope Clark is walking. While most provincial finance ministers blasted Flaherty for his arbitrary cuts to their funding, B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon was warmly supportive, lauding the fact Flaherty had brought “certainty” to the situation. It wasn’t hard to connect some dots here. The Clark government’s survival in the next provincial election is likely directly tied to ensuring it doesn’t lose significant support among conservative voters. Therefore, fighting with a federal Conservative

government is fraught with peril, which may explain Falcon’s positive reaction. But it will be interesting to see if the Clark government can hold back if Flaherty’s next budget contains a lot of aggressive cost-cutting measures, which could have an impact on federal services in this province. The Clark government may suffer collateral damage from any significant public outcry over federal spending cuts, and of course that may simply compound the problems arising from the next B.C. budget, which isn’t expected to be very rosy either. And who knows what other policies will arise from Harper’s right-wing direction? One thing to keep an eye on is the proposed Enbridge pipeline to Kitimat. It appears his government does not view environmental protection as a top priority (given its abandonment of the Kyoto accord), and that may be

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another signal the government will push for the pipeline’s construction. On another front, B.C.’s main representative in the federal cabinet – the capable James Moore – was quick to shoot down a Conservative backbencher’s suggestion they outlaw abortion, which suggests the religious right has yet to gain a foothold in the government. But the Tea Party types that no doubt exist among the Conservative faithful may sense that, with a majority now in place, now is the time to push for those policies Harper wouldn’t go near when he needed support from New Democrats and Liberals. Now he holds all the cards. The opposition parties are leaderless and have uncertain futures. We shall have to wait to see how far he goes and how big an impact his policies have on this province. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global B.C.

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