Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
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“The truth is that Canadians are allowing a magnificent country and its citizens to deteriorate to third-world standards,” writes Terry McGarryComing to Canada from Australia every year for the past 30 years, I see things and changes from a different perspective.Canada preaches to the world about its clean, eco-friendly environment, yet the truth is that Canadians are allowing a magnificent country and its citizens to deteriorate to third-world standards. Your caring, giving and friendly traits are your own worst enemies. What you are allowing to happen in the Downtown Eastside shows that your “compassion” — lenient drug laws, feel-good policing and community blindness — needs to change. You are destroying your city.I sympathize with the many Canadians who believe, as I do, that your great country is heading down a destructive path at an uncontrollable pace. Instead of allowing slum, ghetto environments to prosper, money needs to be spent on rehabilitation, medical attention and housing to restore Vancouver and Canada to what it once was.Terry McGarry, Brisbane, Australia, and Sun PeaksSomething wrong at borderThe story in Sunday’s Province is beyond disturbing, stating that anyone in the U.S. could “walk across the U.S. border through the park at the Peace Arch crossing.” The “condition” being that people had to stay within the park.Well, who is ensuring that they do that and don’t just keep walking into Canada to get picked up by the smugglers at our end? I don’t believe the opportunity works in reverse for anybody trying to “keep walking” into the U.S. without being stopped 100 per cent of the time.What is wrong with our immigration department that allows this?Bill Davis, New WestminsterNDP flunks taxi fileThe taxi monopoly, thanks to our NDP government, continues to abuse its mandate of serving the public.The latest publicized incident was in refusing to pick up a lady who recognized that she should not drive after having consumed too many drinks. It’s a good example of why these people need competition.Don’t drink and drive, but there’s no point in calling a cab. We have a real problem caused totally by our inept provincial government.Terry Taylor, Chilliwack No free lunchPort Coquitlam Mayor Brad West is angry that the Union of B.C. Municipalities is accepting money from the government of China to pay for a reception. He understands the dangers of doing business with China.Meanwhile, UBCM president Arjun Singh will not disclose how much money is being accepted from China, saying the mayors and councillors are “only interested in economic development opportunities with China.” This is of grave concern since China is not our ally, but a country seeking control by exactly this, influencing Canadian politicians through business and opportunities.There is no free lunch. Sadly, only one of our mayors understands this.Lisa Ross, VancouverIt’s a one-percenter worldI read the article on the gravel dog parks and I must say, it was depressing. We always think humans do things out of the goodness of their hearts, only to find that they are trying to save money on taxes!Honestly, this article made me angry because, once again, big businesses have loopholes they can use to not pay their fair share of taxes and the city allows it. What a crazy world.When I hear stories like this, it makes my blood boil because this world is not for the average person — it truly is for the one per cent. Big business and governments share a cozy existence.Karen Lopez, SurreyLetters 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