Letters to The Sun, Jan. 18, 2020: Canadians, thanks for your support
My fellow Canadians, many of you have reached out to us Iranians in your community to express your condolences in the wake of the recent tragedy of the plane crash in Tehran. I’d like to thank you for that. Canada is truly a wonderful place to live in.
It’s been hard for many of us to go to work and pretend it’s just business as usual. Thanks for stopping by our desks and asking how we’re doing. It hasn’t been easy to express how badly we need closure and justice, but our prime minister has told us he knows.
Canada, you’re just amazing, and you keep amazing us. Oh Canada, stand up proud — you know how to care for your most vulnerable, how to ask for justice, how to give love. And in return, “From far and wide, O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.”
Behdad Moini, Vancouver
Such a tragedy
The Vancouver Sun and its parent company must be commended for the effort it took to bring to light the human tragedy that just took place in the skies over Iran. I have never seen anything so touching as that section of obituaries on the Iranian-Canadians who were aboard that plane.
The depth of the loss (a loss to Iran, to Canada, to the world) was beyond anything I have ever heard of in a plane crash. A huge number of the Iranians were PhD graduates doing doctoral and post-doctoral work, another large number were instructors and researchers in various fields.
As much as the fundamentalists in Tehran like to say the incident was an accident, I now tend to think there is a very real possibility that they were shot down on purpose. The fact that the debris field was bulldozed very soon after the crash implies that finding the truth is as far from the government of Iran’s intent as possible. The people on that flight were the kind of educated minds that fundamentalists, nationalists, and other liars fear the most, wherever they are found.
A profound loss really for not just Iran or Canada but for the world.
John Shinnick, Vancouver
Sympathy for Harry and Meghan
I completely sympathize with the decision by Harry and Meghan to seek respite from the predatory treatment they receive from the U.K. media. Harry’s mother was killed as a direct result of being pursued by the international paparazzi, and he has lived in a goldfish bowl all his life.
I only hope that the Canadian media and the people of Vancouver Island will recognize that Harry and Meghan are seeking a more “normal” level of privacy, and act accordingly.
Dave Doman, Surrey
Royals should pay their own way
If Prince Harry and his wife want to live in Canada, that is fine by me. However, I feel they should pay for their own security, food, and accommodations. I see “royal visits” as thinly veiled, all-expense-paid vacations for members of the royal family.
They have enough money as it is. If I was a monarch, I would pay a reasonable amount of money to the government of any country I was visiting to defray the costs of food, accommodation and security.
Sean Murray, Victoria
Earthquakes are only one of the dangers
Earthquakes are only one of the dangers arising from B.C.’s natural gas boom. Abandoned gas wells are another major problem, B.C.’s auditor-general, Carol Bellringer, warned in a report last year. She found that the number of abandoned wells in B.C. had increased seven-fold in just three years, and that the pricetag for decommissioning the province’s 10,000-plus inactive oil and gas wells was a staggering $3 billion, and rising.
All this is in the context of the planned ramping up of gas drilling to supply B.C.’s big LNG export plans.
More and more, it is becoming clear that B.C.’s coming natural gas “bust” will outweigh the current “boom” by a wide margin.
Blaise Salmon, Mill Bay
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