Children at the Novaco Daycare in North Vancouver.
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“The ‘free market’ Laurie Throness reveres was a case study in market failure with few licensed spaces, high parent fees and low educator wages,” writes Lynell AndersonHow disappointing to read MLA Laurie Throness’s misinformed and fearmongering critique of the current government’s action on child care. Under his government, the “free market” he reveres was a case study in market failure with few licensed spaces, high parent fees and low educator wages causing a crisis in recruitment and retention.The current government invited all licensed providers — including for-profits — to be part of the solution, with new funding to lower parent fees and raise educator wages.A recent Research & Co. poll shows that most British Columbians — across all ages, regions and political affiliations — support these actions. In fact, three-quarters of British Columbians believe government should move more quickly to achieve the goals of the $10-a-day plan. Support for prioritizing public partnerships is also strong, with almost 80 per cent agreeing child care should be publicly available in schools, hospitals, libraries and community centres.Throness could learn from one of his government’s success stories, as we did in developing the $10-a-day plan. In just a few years, the previous government essentially created over 40,000 new kindergarten spaces when it moved from part-day to full-day kindergarten. Interestingly, they relied on a completely public approach to do so.Lynell Anderson, CoquitlamStick with the RCMP in SurreyMayor Doug McCallum of Surrey is on some kind of private agenda that has me very upset.As a resident and business owner for over 40 years here in Surrey, I have yet to meet anyone who is fully in favour of privatizing our police force.There are so many questions, but the main question we all have to ask ourselves is who would be more susceptible to corruption, extortion, collusion, bribery and inside informants, lack of training and restraint: RCMP or a privately hired police force?My money is with the RCMP.Dave Carr, SurreyMissing the Whitecaps of yesteryearAt 52, I remember going to many Whitecaps games at old Empire Stadium, and in the interim, going to many games at Swangard for the 86ers-Whitecaps era.Thrilled when my Whitecaps came back, I found myself back at Empire, then B.C. Place.In the last five or six years I have bought the tickets, supported the team, bought the jerseys, and averaged six to eight games a year until finally splitting season’s tickets the last two years. But like a lot of lifetime fans, I’m at a crossroads.If Bob Lenarduzzi truly is the man who pulls the strings for this club, I simply cannot support them anymore. I’m sure the club would say “not a true fan,” and “doesn’t understand the business.” But any executive who would basically start over from scratch, decimating the squad and then putting this product on the field must believe that we are stupid.To watch other MLS teams open the pursestrings and bring in the likes of Zlatan, Wayne Rooney and other high-level professionals and then ask for my hard-earned dollars and support means the organization is simply out of touch with the fan base.It truly breaks my heart to watch something I love run so ineptly. I would say “just ask the fans,” but it’s getting harder to find them amid all of the empty seats.Ernie Gettings, VancouverLetters 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.