Steel pipe to be used in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project on railcars at a stockpile site in Kamloops.
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“The NDP just loves spending ‘our’ money on everything but us,” writes Wilma PoirierI read that “We, the Taxpayers” are appealing to the Supreme Court of Canada the Horgan government’s loss in the B.C. Appeal Court over their views of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. I wonder how much “we” are paying for that?The NDP just loves spending “our” money on everything but us. Between opinion polls, pipeline polls and I wonder how many other polls, when will taxpayers say, “Enough!”? The money going to lawyers and court costs could be spent on housing, care facilities or decreasing our taxes.Wilma Poirier, RichmondSCC shouldn’t hear caseThe never-ending saga of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion could be over once and for all if the Supreme Court of Canada decided not to hear the NDP government’s appeal and let the unanimous decision of the B.C. Court of Appeal stand. Taxpayers’ money would be saved, good jobs would be created and life would go on. Premier John Horgan’s obvious, useless and expensive stall tactics to appease the Green party need to come to an end.Hugh Shirreff, VancouverSpending probe worth itAlthough letter writer Fran Berry correctly vilifies former clerk of the house Craig James’s abuse of legislature funds as despicable, to say that because only 25 per cent of the allegations were proven makes the investigation somehow a failure, is disturbing.Even if just one allegation of bureaucratic corruption is substantiated, we have achieved a good result. The followup should have been immediate termination and disqualification of any and all pension benefits.Paul Spiette, Port CoquitlamTrump just a symptomThe most dangerous nation on Earth isn’t North Korea or Iran. It’s the U.S., being led by President Donald Trump, who is neither stable nor a genius. It seems that the whole world has fallen down the rabbit hole since his election, where nothing makes sense or gives much hope for the future.Trump, aided and abetted by the Republicans, has declared war on the U.S. Constitution, attacked freedom of the press, as all dictators do, and has unseemly bromances going with every bloodthirsty leader, including the leader of North Korea and the Saudi crown prince.But Trump is only the symptom of a far darker side of society. We are in an age of extremism, both left and right, of our own making.Robert Rock, MissionSpeed limit in harbour?On Monday, I was near Deep Cove on the Lowry Trail when four orcas appeared, travelling west toward the Second Narrows Bridge in the centre of the inlet. A number of speedboats followed at the proper distance but suddenly a single, small but fast and noisy boat appeared, heading in the opposite direction to the whales but on the same line at the centre of the inlet.If this boat had hit the whales it would have been a significant collision for both the whales and the boat. The boat’s operator didn’t appear to see the whales because he didn’t slow. I think the whales dove because I saw them later.With the return of the whales to the area, should a speed limit on the waters east of the Second Narrows Bridge be considered?Christopher Kay, North VancouverLetters 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.