Letters to the Editor: August 16

Stan Salikin; Inquiry; Cranbrook kudos; Pets, tenants, landlords

Stan Salikin

I am sure I speak for many Kimberleyites when I say I was saddened and dismayed to hear that our beloved Stan Salikin was planning on moving to Vancouver Island. Now I am stunned to learn of his passing.

My husband and I met Stan about 19 years ago, upon first moving to Kimberley, when we would frequent the MacLeod’s Hardware (alternating our business between it and Bavarian Hardware!). As renters of a whole house, after having lived in nothing but apartments for the previous 10 years, we certainly needed his guidance and expertise, always delivered with a big smile. When he retired we wondered if we would be seeing much of him. Obviously we had no reason to worry, and it has been great pleasure to see him around town in his many endeavours, particularly in his hard work with the Food Bank. I was always impressed how he remembered everyone’s name, – he even recalled that in 2006 I had won first prize in the Duck Race!

Inasmuch as Bob McWhinney (also deeply missed) was the Voice of Kimberley, Stan Salikin was the Heart of Kimberley. Your incredible contribution to Kimberley, Stan, exemplified all that is great about our town. You will terribly missed, and I hope that we as a community can rise to meet the example you have set for us.

Michelle B. Fuchs

Inquiry

As a Ktunaxa taxpayer in Canada, I have lived and overcame some of the challenges that my people face every day, including poverty, addiction, discrimination, etc. I raised my two sons without child support payments from their mother. I also hold two university degrees — one being a law degree. I graduated from UBC law school one year after our Attorney General of Canada, Jody Wilson-Ribald. Our Attorney General of Canada, being Aboriginal herself, showed us all that Aboriginal people belong among Canada’s top political brass too. She helped set up the terms and conditions of the upcoming Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women’s Inquiry.

But I truly wonder if this inquiry is really going to be any different from that of Wally Oppal’s B.C. Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women’s Inquiry? Will the recommendations from this inquiry sit on the shelf next to all the other past recommendations on Aboriginal people? Will the $50 million being spent on this inquiry give us more than a foregone conclusion? And since this inquiry is looking at root problems, why aren’t we placing any focus on Aboriginal “Chiefs and Band Councils?” They too have some explaining to do, and not doubt, some apologies to give to these murdered and missing Aboriginal women (and their families).

A Chief and Band Council’s apathy, discrimination and lateral violence towards some of their own people happens every day in Canada — I lived and overcame that too. So, I would bet the entire $50 million that some of the murdered and missing Aboriginal women had issues with their won Chief and Band Council, and that should be the starting point of the inquiry.

Robert W. Louie, Creston

Cranbrook kudos

I would like to commend the City of Cranbrook authorities who have had the vision and the workers who have laboured to implement the many projects that beautify and improve our city.

Seeing all the positive changes being addressed at last fills my heart with hope for the future of Cranbrook.

Well done to all of you; from the Mayor and councillors to the students who have worked tirelessly. We appreciate your courage and hard work! Thank you.

Mal Paterson

Pets, tenants and landlords

I was very pleased to see the letter from Helene Duarte re the Renters who will not accept pets.

I realize that there are pet owners who do not take full responsibility for their pets but those that do are being discriminated against. Seniors, especially, need to be able to keep their pets with them as they provide companionship and comfort to each other.

With all the paperwork mentioned in the letter there is really no reason why pets can’t be welcomed in rental units. Please reconsider your decision.

Lynne Fedun

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