A billboard portrays a wave made of plastic bags. Victoria’s ban on the bags has been OK’d by a B.C. judge.
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“Without grocery bags, I would certainly spend much more money for heavier-gauge, purpose-sold garbage-can liners,” writes Al KnutsonFurther to Vincent Geloso’s op-ed Tuesday on the federal government’s single-use plastics ban, “single-use” is a bit of a misnomer when it comes to common shopping bags. About 60 per cent of mine see a second, more important use as a means to sanitarily collect and transport household waste to our city refuse dumpster.Without grocery bags, I would certainly spend much more money for heavier-gauge, purpose-sold garbage-can liners. Also, I bring my remaining grocery bags back to the recycling bin at our local grocers. The clean polyethylene material should be one of the most easily recycled products. Simply re-melt and reform — although maybe not gleaming white on its second life.Al Knutson, BurnabyTaxes behind inaction?I filled my tank, as the gas price seemed to be fixed at 149.9 cents per litre. Then, I spotted a station selling gas at 139.9 cents. That is $5 less on 50 litres.Why won’t the government do something to control the prices? Is it because they are happily collecting more taxes on the higher prices?Olga Kudyba, North VancouverUBCM needs to rethink Chinese cashColumnist Mike Smyth hit the nail on the head. Since Meng Wanzhou’s arrest and detention at Vancouver International Airport, China’s attitude toward Canada has been nothing but hostile. Two Canadians are suffering in Chinese jails without any reason. On top of that, China is punishing our farmers by refusing to accept our canola or meat.Yet the Union of B.C. Municipalities is giving Chinese lobbyists the red–carpet treatment?I commend Smyth and Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West for highlighting this issue. The UBCM should take a second look at this arrangement. It should decline to accept money from the Chinese government. In view of the current situation, China does not deserve such treatment.Balwant Sanghera, RichmondRihanna not an illegal immigrantFamous singer Rihanna, in criticizing Donald Trump’s immigration policy, said that “if you love me, everyone out there is just like me. A million Rihanna’s out there, getting treated like dirt.”Funny, I was not aware that Rihanna entered the U.S. illegally in 2005. Did she swim the Rio Grande? Was she aided and abetted by a coyote group, exploiting poor people from dysfunctional countries?I think a talented artist leaving Barbados for fame and fortune in the U.S. does not have a lot in common with those illegal immigrants hiding out in sanctuary cities.Glen Brooks, VancouverQuebec protecting its cultureBravo to Quebec politicians for having the courage to protect their province’s distinct culture by passing the secularism law. They are addressing the growing concern of millions of Canadians that our country is being re-colonized by foreign cultures.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claims that Canada’s strength is derived from its diversity. If that is true, why is immigration causing so much unrest in Canada and in the rest of the western world? And does his claim mean that Canada, which wasn’t very diverse when it punched above its weight in the two world wars and the Korean War, wasn’t a strong and cohesive nation?More recently, has the massive foreign money laundering that has drastically affected the real-estate economy for the worse in Vancouver made us stronger? Has the ongoing, predominantly Chinese birth tourism in Vancouver and Richmond made us stronger through that diversity?Connor Whelan, NanaimoLetters to the editor should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The editorial pages editor is Gordon Clark, who can be reached at email@example.com.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 firstname.lastname@example.org