Letters to The Sun, October 30, 2021

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Re: The city sees tripling the number of homes in False Creek South

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After reviewing the long-awaited report on the future of Vancouver’s incredibly habitable False Creek South neighborhood, it’s hard not to react with a mixture of sadness, confusion, and utter disappointment. Sadness and confusion over the fact that even though the neighborhood association had worked tirelessly with city staff, the Co-op Housing Federation of BC and others, pretty much everything that was communicated to city staff seems to have been ignored. And disappointment at what is already largely being hailed as a terrible plan.

The proposed separation and potential future ghettoisation of the co-operative and non-market housing quotient cannot be overestimated. And the turnaround of the already existing and largely successful housing mix simply cannot be ignored. The fact that the report is prepared by the real estate department and not the planning department, honestly smells of profit-making and poses a great potential risk to the community that so many residents spent decades working and volunteering to establish and maintain.

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The proposed destruction of existing homes this year before the end of its useful life only to see it replaced by what can only be described as a 50-storey phallic offer to the property department egos and a giant middle finger to existing residents is lost on none.

I urge the Council to reject this proposal in its current form and to enter into dialogue with the Planning Department to fight like hell to make it better.

Michael Boland, co-op, False Creek South

Len Norris Forever: A Cartoonist of the Ages

Re: Len Norris deserves to be honored

I’m also thrilled to suggest that Len Norris – the incredible, detailed and far-sighted cartoonist who graced the pages of The Sun and numerous “Christmas publications”, including full-page cartoons for past salmon derby and bathtub races – should definitely be on a stamp. Not only that, I would line up and pay in advance for a complete collection of his works by The Sun. I have collected almost all the little yellow books that I appreciate and reread. If anyone out there has not looked at his work, be prepared to be surprised. Right now, you can find direct relevance for 2021 in almost every cartoon. And the details, yes, they make you laugh almost as hard and think.

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Darlene Mercer, Pitt Meadows

Re: Activists have too loud a voice

Unfortunately, this letter writer has bought into the liquidation philosophy that foresters endorsed 50 years ago, and the government is trying to keep it on the line.

Remember Talk and Log? Well, not much has changed. A large proportion of British Colombians want to have some old growth left for the future, contrary to the claim that we are in the minority. Good intentions do not matter in a few years when there is nothing left. Logging old growth is a buggy-whip industry. It’s time to move on, make the difficult adjustments. Could BC be a place where human rape and looting of natural wonders are stopped?

Lesley Bohm, Vancouver

Reader shares meaningless experience of job taxation

Re: BC man cries ugly over ‘idle tax’ on 21-year-old housing

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Tony Chan is not alone in getting a meaningless employment tax bill. I have had the same experience.

I bought a condominium in February 2019 as a home and got the unemployment tax exemption in 2020. I filed this year and got a bill of $ 11,940. I got no explanation and have not paid because of this. I tried to get one from the website but parts of it were blocked. Around the due date, I sent three messages to the Ministry of Finance about my situation and got no response. I was sent two notices over the summer, and in late September was sent a warning about debt collection and credit inquiries if I did not pay. I found the email from the Treasury Department’s charge officer explaining my situation, the problems of getting an explanation, and a refusal to pay until I get one in an email I sent on October 2nd.

Since then, I have not received any messages from anyone about the alleged “unemployment tax”.

Vincent Lizee, Coquitlam


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