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Letters to the editor, September 19, 2019 

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Vote the climate

The mess made by my generation and those before me has fallen to the generation that includes people who are too young to vote. Even without the voting privilege, they have decided to do what we could not—protest. They are doing so with a mass student strike. And I hope it brings all generations to a realization of what is coming next: global warming as a central theme in all future elections.

No more support for the use of coal and oil, but an understanding that the world economy has to move on to clean, renewable energy, or we will not survive. Well done and thank you for taking up the challenge. Remember to think about the global and long-term picture when electing your future governments. I urge you to not think selfishly. That was our failing.
—Mike McFarland

I am going to be looking very closely at climate change plans when deciding on who to vote for. Right now I'm undecided, but it will be climate policy that forms my decision.
—Sarah Jenson, Hubbards


Trans Mountain?!

I am shocked and appalled that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is going ahead. In this day and age of the environmental and Indigenous well-being and respect, our government is letting this proceed? I'm completely disgusted.

The Trans Mountain pipeline is a financial burden for taxpayers and needs to be cancelled. Not only is it a disaster for the climate, the coast and Indigenous rights, but it's fast becoming a government boondoggle of epic proportions. A new report released by Stand.earth shows costs are piling up beyond the $4.5 billion purchase price as delays mount. Construction activities haven't once been on schedule. The pipeline route hasn't been approved yet, and ongoing route hearings are adding even more delays (and even more costs to taxpayers!).

The report describes how its analysts "reviewed thousands of documents and consulted with experts and local residents tracking the project to provide this in-depth review of what can be expected if construction begins." It details seven key hotspots along the pipeline route that are sure to face determined public resistance. These hotspots pose serious risks to communities—for example, to finish construction the federal government plans to drill under the Fraser River and Burnaby Mountain, tunnel under several drinking water aquifers, and increase fire risk by expanding oil storage tank farms in Burnaby and Sumas.

The government also plans to bring man camps for temporary worker to several communities in British Columbia.

"These camps are typically located far from cities and close to rural Indigenous communities," says the report, "bringing an influx of mostly non-Indigenous workers to profit from the resource economy." Moreover, man camps have historically been "strongly correlated with dramatic increases in rates of sexual violence towards women in the communities surrounding the camps." This is the government putting the safety of Indigenous women and girls at risk, when the same government is also committed to addressing the ongoing crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
—Jane Walton, Dartmouth


Vote the shroom

Legalize magic mushrooms NOW! As proven in many recent clinical trials—and by thousands of knowledgeable and experienced individuals self-medicating every year without any complications—psychedelic psilocybin in magic mushrooms is a safe and effective medicine for OCD, PTSD, depression, anxiety and addiction. Psychedelics were used effectively by doctors in Canada to save lives for many years before misguided and politically motivated prohibition became law.

A recent commission on drug policy in Canada found that "problems have more to do with the legal status of the drugs than with the nature of the drug itself."

In other words, the greatest danger from magic mushrooms is lives and families destroyed by incarceration and criminal records due to outdated laws based on incomplete facts.

Please help make this an election issue by sharing this with your friends and by writing to your MP. Your VOTE can Free The Shroom! and save lives!
—Magic Mushroom

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