Letters to the Editor for Nov. 19

This week's Letters to the Editor on the Arts Station, Remembrance Day and the Keystone Pipeline.

Letter to the Editor re: Arts Station

We attended the Arts Station soiree held on Friday, Nov. 13 at the Fernie Arts Station. The evening was a celebration of the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Arts Station.

We have been members, participants, volunteers and supporters of the Fernie and District Arts Council and later, the Fernie Arts Station since we moved here in 1975.

It was a lovely evening. Congratulations and thanks to all of the Arts Station executive, administrative staff, members and volunteers who had a part in putting this celebration together.

The documentary DVD put together by Dave O’Haire was a wonderful compilation of historical and current information. The decorations set a lovely ambiance. The variety of food and drinks was delicious. The entertainment was eclectic and enjoyable.

It was wonderful to see original members and newer members talking about the Arts Station, its past, present and its future.

The Arts Station is a hub within Fernie. It is a place where people meet to have delicious meals, attend art exhibits, theatre, concerts, meetings and workshops. It has been proven that the arts are an invaluable asset to this community.

The Arts Station is a home for all who are interested in having a creative outlet, it provides a venue for the excellence of local artistic endeavours and for a variety of professional groups who come to perform or display in this space.

The Fernie Arts Station draws people from within and outside our community. Money is spent within our community and leads to a myriad of spin-off benefits.

We are known nationally and internationally as a “happening place”.

Thank you to all, past and present, who have had the foresight, determination and love of the arts to make this dream a reality.

Our love for the arts and the Arts Station will always be a part of who we are.

Lynda and David BirdFernie B.C.

 

Letter to the Editor re: Remembrance Day

While touring Canada I was fortunate enough to be in this beautiful area on Remembrance Day last week.  The turnout for this service seemed large for a small town, which showed me the importance ceremonies of this sort are to the local folk.  What was surprising though, was that people would bring their dogs to such a solemn occasion.

To hear the Last Post (two Minute Silence) Reveille, broken by a dog barking during this most poignant and reflective part of the service was very disappointing. It is only one hour out of a year to leave your pet at home – which would reflect the respect that this service deserves.

Annaliese McLeanVia Email

Letter to the Editor re: Keystone Pipeline

The recent announcement by U.S. president Obama saying NO to the construction of the Keystone pipeline is not the final decision.  The U.S. is having their general election in November 2016, and if the Republicans win government, the Keystone pipeline will be built.

Both the new Liberal government in Canada, and the Republican party in the U.S. are wanting to see this project proceed as it would create jobs and when the pipeline is fully operational, it will bring in revenue from royalties and taxes to the governments on both sides of the border.

Joe SawchukDuncan, B.C.

Letter to the Editor re: Climate Change

This is it.

The earth’s warming is set to breach the one degree Celsius threshold in 2015.  This frightening statement comes to us from the UK’s Meteorological Office. The world would then be half way towards two degrees Celsius, the gateway to dangerous warming.  14 out of the last 15 years have been the hottest in recorded history, and 2015 is not just breaking records, but smashing them.

The new data is certain to add urgency to political negotiations in Paris later this month aimed at securing a new global climate treaty.

So far 150 nations have pledged to “do something” about climate change.  It won’t be easy. Limiting warming to two degrees Celsius, to avoid the most dangerous effect of climate change, will require big changes on multiple fronts: a meaningful price on carbon pollution, greater efficiency in use, faster growth of renewables, reduction in deforestation, and improvements in land use.

The moment is upon us, we must act, every one of us to ensure a future for our children.

Dona Grace-CampbellKaslo B.C.