Cooke Aquaculture Pacific’s work area and office west of the Coast Guard station on Ediz Hook serves the company’s salmon farm that the state Department of Natural Resources said must be shut down. (Black Press/files).

Letter: Mr. Fletcher, is the best we can do?

Editor, The News:

Re: B.C. VIEWS: In 2018, ideology meets reality.

Whether Kamloops is a long-time mining community or not is completely irrelevant to the discussion if a new mine should ‘yes’ or ‘no’ be approved. Good for the citizens of Kamloops to stand up to a mine which pollutes and is “too close to their town,” and, yes, too bad about that $1 billion and 500 jobs.

Which municipal officials, with pay grades far below federal, are continuously posturing against nuclear power, pipelines and coal mines and cell towers? Is pay scale a guarantee for wise decisions? Is doubling or even tripling a bitumen pipeline from Alberta to an inner harbour and double tank traffic under First and Second Narrows a wise move? Should we not all think outside the box and see if it indeed should not end in Rupert of Roberts Bank?

Of course jobs and job creation are important, but can we look our kids and grandchildren in the eyes and say, this is the best we could do?

Can we hide behind statements that the salmon farm jurisdiction is in the hands of Ottawa and call our minister of agriculture a “cheerleader”? Should we not all be cheerleaders to protect the little sockeye runs we have left?

Well, Mr. Fletcher, then just close your mind and eyes and keep eating your farmed Atlantic salmon and live in your own reality in 2018.

With greetings and may it be a happy and specially a healthy new year for all of us, and for our wild Pacific salmon, of course.

Niels Jensen

Pitt Meadows

Just Posted

Maple Ridge council to consider three ALR exclusions

Pelton, Davison and Poszar farms all proposed for development

Modular housing work underway

55 of Maple Ridge’s homeless could be housed by September

Moms of those killed by illicit opioids take to B.C. Legislature in call for action

Moms Stop the Harm, a nationwide network of families who have lost loved ones to overdoses rally

Being Young: Summer in Maple Ridge, my favouite

This fall marks a special beginning for me, setting off for the East Coast.

Update: Horse put down after hit by car in Maple Ridge, one person to hospital

Accident along 132nd Avenue in Maple Ridge Friday afternoon

Celebrating National Aboriginal Day in Maple Ridge

Events in Memorial Peace Park on Saturday

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

1 man in critical condition after ‘serious’ stabbing in Downtown Eastside: police

Vancouver police say there was an altercation and stabbing appears targeted

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

Seal pup rescued near White Rock pier

Animal was moving and “barking” when rescue crews arrived

In a matter of hours, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive

Change was announced as a royal decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammen bin Salman

Feds announce measures to protect endangered whale species

Canada’s Whale Initiative is part of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan

COC session vote approves Calgary as potential host for 2026 Olympics

Scott Hutcheson, chair of Calgary’s Olympic bid corporation — called vote a positive step forward

B.C. man wins job he was denied after saying he had depression

Transport Canada has been order to give Chris Hughes a high-level job and nearly $500,000

Most Read