Federal Green party Leader Elizabeth May and her husband John Kidder greet the crowd as her daughter Cate holds an umbrella following their marriage during Earth Day at the Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria on Monday.
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“When Mother Nature co-operated with showers of blessing, many plastic umbrellas magically appeared to shelter those natural fibres,” writes Bernie SmithHaving participated in merciless media manipulation for so much of her public life, it was inevitable that the bride in her self-proclaimed Big Fat Green Wedding would be featured front and centre in so many Canadian publications following her nuptials on a rainy Earth Day in Victoria.Much was made of Elizabeth May’s stipulations that transportation to the environmental extravaganza was expected to be by foot, bicycle, public transport or electric vehicle. Fossil fuels and derivatives thereof were definitely not invited. Yet when Mother Nature co-operated with showers of blessing, many plastic umbrellas magically appeared to shelter those natural fibres in which the wedding party were supposedly attired.Of course, those many large inflatable orcas that were floating around outside the cathedral were made of thick plastic too.I join all others wishing the happy couple a healthy life together, and far be it from me to try and rain on anyone’s parade. But chances are many outer clothes and undergarments, socks, shoes, interiors and exteriors of the Tesla automobiles involved, and innumerable multitudes of everyday things surrounding the ecstatic bride and her wedding party were in some way made of derivatives of petrochemicals.Alternatives are simply not available, and will not be for a long time. So those energetic environmental extremists predicting global nightmare scenarios caused by oil extraction and consumption may consider waking up to the fact that a world without oil, in all of its many forms, is but a dream in the foreseeable future.Bernie Smith, ParksvilleAnother waste of taxpayer moneyRe: Eby mulling a public inquiry on money launderingTypical. Sure, waste more taxpayer dollars. This cost would be on top of the two reports by your chosen experts. More waste of tax dollars.I gather these two reports did not give you more information to blame on the former Liberal government. You also state that the big problem is this really belongs in federal jurisdiction.Listen to your own words. Please, do not proceed with an unnecessary public inquiry, wasting more of the above-mentioned tax monies.Tom Moore, DeltaWho was watching the barn?The billion-dollar money-laundering horses have left the barn, David Eby. That part we know, and can imagine the domino damage that was caused to our province, such as runaway housing prices being bought to legalize this washed money.What we don’t know and must find out is who had the master key to unlock that barn door. Somebody has to go to jail, which will require an inquiry that has the power to subpoena testimony. We must probably bring many senior and well-known people to account for this.You suggest it might cost from $10 million to $15 million for the inquiry. That is chump change to get justice for “we, the people.” Get on with it, Mr. Attorney General.Bill Davis, New WestminsterSadness at loss of Lions’ KatoShockingly sad news on the passing of Ken “Kato” Kasuya of the B.C. Lions.I didn’t know him personally, but somehow I feel I did. At Lions games, whenever there was a member of the “Pride” lying hurt on the field, Kato was out there on his knee, along with the trainer and doctor, tending to his injuries, letting him know he cared.Reading the well-written article in The Province by Ed Willes, it is evident that Kato was the heart and soul, as well as the glue holding the team together.Today’s Merriam-Webster “word of the day” is “nonpareil,” meaning “without equal.” That seems a fitting adjective for our beloved Kato. We will all miss him.F. Ron Yorston, DeltaLetters to the editor should be sent to email@example.com. The editorial pages editor is Gordon Clark, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.CLICK HERE to report a typo.Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email email@example.com.