Vancouver Sun June 20 letters to the editor
Douglas Quan’s article, Tiananmen Silence, on Saturday falsely painted S.U.C.C.E.S.S. as being politically influenced by the People’s Republic of China because it did nothing to mark the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Incident. As I recall, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. also did nothing on the 10th, 20th or even the silver anniversary.
Quan reported S.U.C.C.E.S.S. received an Overseas Chinese Service Centre destination since opening an office in Beijing in 2015, but he failed to report that since 2008, the group opened offices in Taipei, Taiwan, and Seoul, South Korea.
S.U.C.C.E.S.S. was formed 46 years ago as a non-profit, non-partisan, voluntary organization to help and serve Chinese-speaking immigrants to integrate into Canadian society. Today, it serves immigrants and refugees in 27 languages, with about 50 per cent of its clients from non-Chinese backgrounds.
As the founding chair and patron of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., I am proud to see its evolution and growth. It is unfair to suggest that the organization is under the influence of China.
Maggie Ip, Vancouver
Motorists bad too
Letter-writer Bruce Howitt complains that he sees “cyclists blow through stop signs, refuse to give right of way to pedestrians on crosswalks or intersections and, in some cases, even ignore red lights.” Sadly, I see motorists do all the same things.
They routinely break the speed limit, overtake cyclists in a dangerous manner, and go the wrong way around mini traffic circles. However, motorists are distinguished from cyclists by killing 1,841 people, including 284 pedestrians and 36 bicyclists in Canada in one year — 2017, the most recent listing on Transport Canada’s website. Fatal accidents to motorists or pedestrians caused by a bicycle are so rare as to be big news.
Guy Smith, Vancouver
Gun owners not the problem
Regarding the June 14 op-ed by Blake Brown, people who take the government course to own guns are less likely to commit a gun crime than non-firearms owners. There is nothing in Bill C-71 about crime — it’s just about taking firearms from honest people.
Brown should be ashamed for citing discredited opinions, such as former prime minister Kim Campbell’s statement that “gun control works.” That is false, as some countries with strict gun regulations have much higher gun violence than countries where guns are common.
Alex Burton, New Westminster
Change immigration system
A recent poll found that 63 per cent of Canadians believe that the federal government should limit the number of immigrants it accepts. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says he is concerned by this because he has heard directly from employers who need workers. I am concerned he doesn’t understand why many people want to reduce the number of immigrants entering Canada.
Canadians aren’t anti-immigrant. After all, most of us are immigrants or the descendants of immigrants. The concern is that we are getting too many of the wrong type of immigrant. Too many of our recent immigrants are either unable or unwilling to enter the job market.
We don’t so much need to place limits on immigration as change the system to attract more skilled workers and people to fill the jobs Hussen mentions. Instead of expressing concern, the minister needs to change our immigration system to attract the kinds of immigrants we need.
Garth Evans, Vancouver
Province should set lower gas price
When taxes on gas increased one cent a litre, everybody blamed Premier John Horgan for making the cost of driving unaffordable. Last week, the price was down 25 cents from two weeks earlier.
The province needs to take control of the cost of energy and require oil companies to comply. Set the cost of gasoline at about $1 a litre and don’t allow the export of oil if there is a shortage of oil for B.C. consumers.
Arno Penner, Abbotsford
Tax break for roof gardens?
Builders in Vancouver get a 70-per-cent tax break by installing plant beds on their undeveloped land. Meanwhile, mom-and-pop neighbourhood businesses are forced to close because the added taxes on the airspace above their stores cuts too deeply into their profit margins.
Maybe they could cut the same deal if they planted a few vegetables on the roof!
Judy Jones, South Surrey
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