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Victoria Instances Colonist letters to the editor, Jan. 12, 2023

When a canine isn’t massive

Re: “It is for the birds,” Jan. 8.

I discover it attention-grabbing that migratory birds appear to be so drawn to the seashores of Victoria when there are such a lot of different seashores within the space. The seashores round James Island, for instance, or any of the opposite small uninhabited islands round southern Vancouver Island.

To not point out the opposite distant areas of the shoreline which might be tough to entry and due to this fact are in all probability people- and dog-free.

Possibly it is not the birds which might be having issues, however the fowl watchers who need to watch birds whereas having the ability to park their vehicles and have simple seashore entry, ideally with a espresso store not too distant, and the presence of canines will lower the variety of birds they may be capable to see.

Given the numerous choices the birds have and the few choices the canines have, perhaps we should always depart extra room for the canines.

Additionally, there was an error within the story. It mentioned that the blue loon indicators say that canines have to be on leash. Except the indicators have been just lately modified, they are saying that canines should not be “at massive,” which is what the “Migratory Hen Sanctuary Laws” say.

That’s not the identical factor, as long as a canine is underneath management it isn’t “at massive.” A canine that comes when it’s referred to as is underneath management and due to this fact not “at massive.”

Barry Leslie


UN is important to save lots of civilization

Re: “The world ought to pay heed to Antonio Guterres,” column, Jan. 8.

Trevor Hancock has written an inspiring piece on the worth of the UN and particularly of its current head, Antonio Guterres.

The UN has had many masters to obey: the best powers within the Safety Council; growing nations within the Normal Meeting; abusive dictatorships in its numerous committees.

However, as Hancock says, there will not be many organizations that characterize the planet as a complete, particularly over an extended timeframe, and the UN is essentially the most related of them.

We want a central handle if we’ll protect the vital facets of our civilization — the atmosphere, Indigenous cultures, worldwide agreements.

Here is hoping that the UN is as much as the duty.

Larry Barzelai


Cash for the navy, however not for well being care

Re: “Canada ends years-long seek for new fighter jet with deal to purchase F-35s,” Jan. 10.

The Canadian authorities introduced it’s shopping for 88 fighter plane for a challenge price of $70 billion. This follows a earlier dedication of shopping for 15 naval frigates for a challenge price of $84 billion.

Given the prolonged timeframe for these, each are more likely to see main price will increase. These tasks are to indicate the world that the federal government is able to stand on guard to guard the globe.

It goes hand in hand with latest authorities outbursts in direction of Russia, China, Afghanistan and Iran relating to human rights abuses. The federal government desires to create a picture of being the savior of humanity.

Nonetheless, there may be the verse of the picture that’s not getting world consideration and it paints a really completely different actuality.

This previous weekend in a hospital emergency room in Quebec, due to the overcrowding, the power ran out of stretchers and beds, and a affected person needed to lie on the ground whereas ready for therapy.

Now, the federal government prefers to ignore this different actuality.

The Canadian Affiliation of Radiologists signifies that Canadians are ready a median of fifty to 82 days for a CT scan and 90 days for an MRI, when the really useful most wait time is 30 days.

The affiliation is asking for a federal authorities funding of $1 billion over the following three years to carry the wait occasions according to the really useful normal.

There may be one other actuality that can be dismissed; One in 5 Canadians, about six million Canadian adults, wouldn’t have a household physician.

The federal government is clearly preferring to spend not less than $154 billion to create a gorgeous world picture because the champion for preserving world order.

But, Canadians requiring well being care should do and not using a hospital mattress, which actually paints a really completely different picture domestically.

Roger Cyr


Make nursing training free for college students

I applaud the federal government’s announcement about quick monitoring certification of out-of-province or internationally educated nurses. I would wish to counsel the next.

The BC Institute of Know-how provides a full-time three-year bachelor of science nursing diploma, which might be duplicated at any of the opposite coaching services in BC, and which certificates nurses sooner than a conventional four-year program.

I would count on that the essential issue affecting anybody considering entry can be affordability, as there isn’t any time for college students to earn cash throughout summers.

Coming into college students might apply for a scholar mortgage, after which submit transcripts of accomplished work after every time period. Profitable completion of the time period would consequence within the scholar mortgage being forgiven, and a brand new mortgage software accredited for the following time period, and so forth.

On the finish of the three years, we’d have a completely certified BSN prepared for work and with none debt load.

I would counsel that this also needs to be offered for medical technicians and physicians. Investing within the educations of these we’ll depend on for our well being system is clearly in our greatest curiosity.

Simply ask Germany (and different locations) the place all post-secondary training is free.

bob gougeon

Nanoose Bay

Gingerbread competition a beautiful custom

Earlier than the brand new yr begins with all its obligations and commitments, I needed to commend the superb artists who introduced us the latest gingerbread competitors.

The theme this yr was “Magic,” and their unimaginable creations didn’t disappoint. Households of a number of generations have been delighting of their artistry, every of the individuals telling their very own story and their interpretation of “magic” of their lives.

It was a contest, so there needs to be a winner, however actually everybody who participated on this Habitat for Humanity fundraiser deserves excessive reward for the numerous hours they’ve put in.

Thanks from our household for as soon as once more offering a beautiful family-friendly Christmas custom for many people to get pleasure from.

Rachel McDonnell


Let’s give Pluto its correct place

The brand new yr is a time to replicate on previous errors and decide to optimistic change.

I say now’s the time to face up and reinstate Pluto as a completely fledged planet in our photo voltaic system; The partially fledged standing Pluto has endured since its demotion to dwarf planet in 2006 should cease.

Who’re the Worldwide Astronomical Union to go round size-shaming planets? Do not Plutonians have sufficient on their plate with having to stroll their canines in -242 C temperatures?

And a day on Pluto lasts 6.4 of our Earth days, making for a reasonably tiring grind on the workplace. Let our rallying cry be “My photo voltaic system contains Pluto!”

I urge us to as soon as once more make Pluto our ninth planet, earlier than all the opposite planets within the photo voltaic system amalgamate, which is able to seemingly occur earlier than the 13 shires on the southern finish of Vancouver Island get round to it.

michael erwin

Saanich, Earth


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