Letters to the Editor for June 15, 2016

Protect our coastlines for future World Oceans Days

Editor:

I have lived on the West Coast for 71 years, and have witnessed disturbing negative changes to our wonderful coastlines due to dramatic reductions in protection of our coastal ecosystems over the last decade.

We have endangered our treasured whales, dolphins, fish, seabirds and all of the marine life that lives in our coastal environments.

Canada has the longest coastline in the world, and since half of the oxygen we depend on to breath comes from the ocean, it is apparent the federal government of Canada needs to take on the great responsibility of keeping our oceans healthy.

We are already dealing with the multiple threats of climate change, ocean acidification, and increasing industrial pressures. Our oceans support coastal communities, people and economies, but without healthy oceans how long will it be until the area will become uninhabitable for human beings and many animals.

Let’s protect Canada’s coast and make World Oceans Day something to celebrate.

Maureen AdkinNanaimo

Teach kids to play safe this summer

Editor:

As a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program and a Safety Ambassador for the PLAYSAFE Program, I have met kids who have lost limbs in accidents that could have been prevented. With the weather warming up, it’s a good time to teach kids about the dangers that can come with summer, such as lawn mowers, boat motors and playing around water areas.

I want to spread The War Amps PLAYSAFE message because these accidents can be avoided with attention to our surroundings. I would encourage parents to take their kids on a ‘safety walk’ and point out the dangers in their area.

It only takes a split second for an accident to happen, so let’s all PLAYSAFE!

Kate BagshawWhite Rock

 

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