Apartment owners in West Vancouver have experienced big property tax hikes, says one owner.
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I am an owner of a condominium in West Vancouver and my property tax for 2019 increased by 45 per cent — to $2,617.15 from $1,803.68 in 2018, which had jumped 10 per cent from the previous year.Government actions, including increased taxes, on higher-value homes has caused their values to decline so much that city hall won’t receive as much in property taxes from that class of homes. As a result, taxes have increase steeply on properties owned by those who can least afford it — the elderly, retired, or others who only can afford an apartment. Municipal hall should review this ridiculous tax grab and possibly give rebates. James Pocklington, West VancouverLeave Daylight Saving Time aloneIf the complainers get their way and we stay permanently on Daylight Saving Time, watch the complainers change topics.The helicopter parents will realize that their children are walking to school in the dark for the better part of four months and will need to be driven to school to be safe, with the resulting increase in road congestion and greenhouse gases.Everyone (businesses included) will still need to be cognizant of Daylight Saving Time to communicate with the remaining 90 per cent of North America. Stock brokers in all western states and provinces will still be observing DST as they change their working hours in the winter to conform to East Coast stock exchanges.Sometimes people don’t realize until it’s gone that they already have the best of both worlds — long summer evenings and light in early winter mornings.Maureen Charron, VancouverDoes that make sense?Premier John Horgan is filing lawsuit after lawsuit to convince the courts to stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion because of the danger of an oil spill. Yet he wants the courts to rule that Alberta cannot turn off the oil to B.C.How does this equate?Doreen Box, North VancouverBest should have taken shotsIf Christine Sinclair, captain of Canada’s national women’s soccer Team and second to only U.S. player Abbie Wambach for the all-time career goals in international play, is not going to be tapped by the coach to take the penalty kick in an elimination game against Sweden, then why was she even on the team? It’s the same as the 1998 Winter Olympics, when coach Marc Crawford did not tap Wayne Gretzky, the best scorer of all time, to take one of the shoot-out shots.Sinclair should have taken the penalty shot Monday in France, just as Gretzky should have in Japan. You live and die with the best players or don’t bother inviting them to play.Trevor Amon, VictoriaTime for B.C. to separate?Vaughn Palmer’s June 19 column quotes a statement filed June 7 by the government of Alberta in that province’s superior court: “It is unprecedented in over 150 years of Confederation for one province to apply to have another province’s statute declared unconstitutional, but that’s exactly what B.C. seeks to do here.”I am disappointed that Palmer did not add that it is also unprecedented for one province to enact legislation to blackmail another province.Alberta’s blackmail of B.C. is obvious: allow us to transport diluted bitumen through your province or we won’t give you any fuel. If indeed we cannot protect B.C. from Alberta’s blackmail and oil, then it becomes more important than ever to think that B.C. should separate from Canada.Jeremy Arney, SidneyNDP, Greens must unite on climateParliament just declared a climate emergency and parliamentarians must act like they believe it. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2018 report is clear. Cut carbon emissions nearly in half by 2030 and get to net zero by 2050. Experts have outlined what this means: price carbon aggressively, end fossil-fuel dependence, invest in alternate energy, transform personal and public transportation, minimize home energy use and revolutionize agriculture. And we can’t ignore societal equity and Indigenous rights in the process. The NDP and the Green Party must develop an agreement that delivers one option for voters. Partisan self-interest that splits the environmental vote won’t work.Barry Dorval, VernonLetters 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