Vancouver Sun July 13 letters to the editor
Elizabeth Murphy’s recent op-ed, The Cost of Corridors, offers a scathing indictment of Vancouver council’s development policy. Actually, council’s development initiatives, enabling wholesale destruction of residential neighbourhoods so that developers can build on the ruins are not so much policy as payoff — a scheme to enrich both the developers who construct and the city coffers receiving development fees and development cost levies.
Murphy details the mayor’s tireless courting of major developers, noting his meetings with Ian Gillespie of Westbank Projects Corp., Bruno and Peter Wall of Wall Financial Corp., Brian McCauley of Concert Properties, Ryan Beedie of Beedie Development Group, as well as his lunch with arch-developer Bob Rennie.
The drizzle descending these days on Vancouver might be their salivation before the feeding frenzy. If we do nothing, our neighbourhoods will be sacrificed to other’s people’s greed, just as cities were once sacked by soldiers satiating their rapacity through plunder.
Eric Levy, Vancouver
The beautiful game
It was a pleasure to watch the FIFA Women’s World Cup — entertaining, absorbing and, in general, continuous action.
All the players were winners.
Pat Cash, Tsawwassen
Don’t buy Chinese goods
We should be looking for alternate foreign markets for all our products. If Canadians are buying Huawei products, they should be embarrassed. If you want to understand China’s opinion of us, read Jonathan Manthorpe’s book, Claws of the Panda. It should be required reading for all municipal government employees and elected representatives.
Trevor Stickler, Richmond
Don’t schmooze with Chinese officials
I agree with columnist Daphne Bramham that China should not be permitted to sponsor and host a reception at the Union of B.C. Municipalities annual fall convention. It is clear from China’s recent behaviour that it is no friend of Canada.
Ralph Davis, Delta
Send Meng home
Considering the way the U.S. is taking advantage of problems with our China trade incurred by its extradition order on Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, why don’t we just send her home and tell the U.S. that they are not treating us in good faith?
While we are at it, we could bar non-citizens from buying real estate. That would get rid of speculators and return prices to reasonable levels for residents.
Lesley Bohm, Vancouver
No causal link?
I am not convinced, as a recently published University of B.C. study finds, that music is a key to learning.
To quote your article, “We learned that students involved in extended music engagement … do one full year better academically than non-music peers” and “music achievement predicts academic achievement in math, science and English.”
I don’t doubt that there is a statistical relationship between music and academic achievement. What I doubt is the causal connection. What makes the authors so sure that studying music causes improved academic performance? Perhaps it is the other way around — that those who do well academically are motivated to study music.
Also, it could be that both academic achievement and the study of music are caused by a third factor, such as the socioeconomic level of the child’s parents. I went to a poor high school without a band. I had no exposure to music, yet managed quite well academically.
Garth Evans, Vancouver
Fine not high enough
The rich idiot caught doing more than 200 km/h in his $300,000 Ferrari was punished with a $483 fine and the loss of his car for seven days.
For most people who buy or lease a $300,000 car, a $483 fine is the cost of lunch. He’ll probably rent, lease or buy another similar car while his car is impounded.
Wouldn’t a fine of, say, 10 per cent of the book value of the vehicle get his attention more? If the fine doubled to 20 per cent for a second offence, it might make him think twice before putting lives at risk, including his own.
Jerry Steinberg, Surrey
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