Letters to the Editor: January 28

No need for council to apologize; Cull contracting; Mayor and MP; Kimberley City Haul

No need for Council to apologize

Liz White, a founder and board member of the Animal Alliance of Canada, also leads the Animal Alliance Voters Party, a federal political party registered on December 10, 2005, with the aim of allowing donors to receive a tax credit. White ran unsuccessfully for election in Toronto in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015. She co-authored a bill that called for animals to be regarded as “living property.” The bill died in the Senate. [Wikipedia.org]

How did Cranbrook get into a joint venture with such an extreme party? Former Mayor Stetski can best answer: “I am part of a committee that is looking to get translocations underway because the new science … tells us that it can be and has been done successfully.”

The full-page ads (Townsman) Dec. 3, Jan. 14 and Jan. 18 demonstrate that truth, facts and evidence mean little to them. The ad states culls are expensive and refers to the city’s 2015 culling of 4 deer at a cost of over $5000 each. But they left out the fact that the cull was small due to the nets being cut—a crime yet to be solved.

Their ad and letters demonstrate they are ill-informed, misinformed and uninformed. Kathy Wilson comments: “Adopting a non-lethal management program would have satisfied people on both sides of the aisle.” Translocation has been tried 100 times in 47 states and found to be cruel and a failure. Wilson ignores those who follow and apply the scientific method for problem solving and who are completely different from those who are emotion driven.

On humaneness (BC Urban Ungulate Conflict Analysis, p. 77): As stated by Conover (2002) the biological realities of capture and relocation are quite different from the public perception of “they lived happily ever after, just somewhere else.”

Capture and relocation can be extremely stressful for the animals. They can suffer high rates of capture-related injuries, mortalities, and capture myopathy causing debilitation and death following release. J. Beringer, in the Wildlife Society Bulletin [30(3) 767-774] reports on the efficacy of translocation. That is the reason wildlife officials in BC have not been involved in translocations.

Gerry Warner said, “We did a survey and studied the problem, which didn’t do a hell of a lot of good either.” Gerry, that city survey showed 70 per cent in favour of a cull and informed the democratic-minded Council to push for the people — net cutting, etc. notwithstanding.

Warner states he has difficulty believing Mayor and Council would approve a clandestine deer cull — while telling the public they were going to translocate deer instead of killing them. Warner’s difficulty is understandable, as none of it is true. Thus, Warner’s uncalled for apology is moot.

Warner says, “Once again Cranbrook’s name has been darkened from coast to coast to coast.” Do you really think the 900 US cities that have culled have lost tourism?

William G. Hills

Cull Contracting

Mr. RC Kerr has had many positive things to say about deer culls and has been given a lot of space by The Bulletin/Townsman to do that. Recently they set aside their bold printed policy of “only one letter per month from any particular letter writer” and published letters by RC Kerr on January 18 and 21.

RC Kerr has had a series of articles on deer management published by the Townsman/Bulletin in which he has strongly expressed his fondness for culls. In spite of all this opportunity he has been given he has left out an important fact. Mr. RC Kerr is a cull contractor and benefits financially from deer culls.

He worked on the first Kimberley cull after he resigned his position as chair of the deer committee where he lead a decision to implement deer culls as well as to send him to Montana for training on deer culls, all expenses paid. He was also paid by The City of Kimberley to mentor the current Cranbrook cull contractor, whose recent cull work in Cranbrook was caught on camera and appears to be violating permit conditions set by the Ministry of Lands, Forests and Natural Resource Operations. Last year RC Kerr made close to $16,000 in the Oak Bay deer cull.

Sherry Adams

Mayor and MP

On January 15th, you published a letter from two supporters of Mr Stetski, Johnston & Green, in which they criticized Cranbrook Mayor Pratt for apparently not spending time with our new MP.

They seem not to understand that Mr Stetski is a member of the third place federal party. He is not even a member of the Official Opposition and as such, has about the same amount of influence over the new federal government as a Bloc MP.

Our Mayor is focusing on bringing jobs to our community, reaching out to the City of Kimberley to find ways to help both communities. He is not doing what Mr Stetski did when he was our mayor, wasting our tax dollars on personal pet projects and special interest groups.

It is no wonder Mayor Pratt has no time for Wayne Stetski.

My recommendation to the Mayor – work with Bill Bennett. He sits at the cabinet table. He can and does help us. Let our new lame duck MP tilt at windmills for the next four years and then, please Lord, replace him.

Jennifer Long

Kimberley City Haul

Let me try and get this straight.

First we all put our garbage out in cans.

Then we put our garbage out in bags in cans.

Then we put our garbage out in bags sans cans.

Next we put our garbage out in bags in specified plastic containers.

Next we put some of our garbage out in bags in plastic containers and haul the rest ourselves.

Next will we put none of the garbage in plastic containers and haul it all ourselves?

Nice touch having someone go around ahead of the pickup crew, placarding offenders, so the debris can be left behind.

Looks like really average work.

Ed Purves

Helping Hands

In the January 21 edition of the Townsman/Bulletin the President of the Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank provided statistics that offer a more accurate indication of the usage of the food bank. They show that usage was closer to five per cent of the adults, six per cent of the households, and 16 per cent of the children rather than 30% of the adults, 45 per cent of the households, and 85 per cent of the children as the previously reported figures suggested.

Thanks for the clarification, Stan.

Bob Johnstone