The fall sitting of the B.C. legislature will last just 20 days.
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“On Oct. 3, 2016, Horgan said the B.C. Liberals were a government that did not want to be held accountable,” writes Joe SawchukWhen Premier John Horgan was the official opposition leader in B.C., he complained 24/7 that the former B.C. Liberal government did not have enough sitting days in the yearly fall legislature.On Oct. 3, 2016, he said the B.C. Liberals were a government that did not want to be held accountable. Horgan said the whole notion of parliamentary sittings is to hold the government accountable.Interesting how things change when Horgan goes from official opposition leader to being premier of B.C. When Horgan became premier in 2017, he held a fall sitting that lasted 35 days, just to prove his point. In 2018, he cut the sitting days down to 29 days, and in 2019 the fall sitting will only be for 20 days.Isn’t that amazing, that he has taken a complete 360-degree turn from when he was the leader of the opposition?Cutting the number of sitting days in the fall legislature is telling the B.C. taxpayers that Horgan’s NDP government does not want to be held accountable. Unbelievable!Joe Sawchuk, DuncanSlow down at intersectionsIf you don’t blow through an intersection above the posted speed limit then you don’t have to worry about receiving a speeding ticket and fine in the mail.I’m struggling with what some people don’t get about that very simple detail. You can call it a cash grab by the government, but at the end of the day if it saves one life then it was all worth it. If some of the ticket money goes toward helping with the “dumpster fire” at ICBC our previous government left us with, maybe saves some lives, and helps reduce insurance costs we are burdened with in this province, then it’s a “win-win” for all of us, with exception of the careless and irresponsible drivers who are likely the only ones whining about the red-light cameras.Nine hundred car crashes a day in B.C., and 60 per cent of them at intersections. Come on people, get a grip. Slow down at intersections or pay the piper. It’s really that simple.D’Arcy Leoppky, Maple RidgeTurn off the diesel generatorsEliminating gas and diesel generators in Vancouver both helps people feel good when they don’t have to listen to noisy generators nor breathe the health-harming fumes, and is a concrete action to help rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avert the climate crisis so our kids will have a livable world.I’ve calculated that providing electricity plug-ins for the film and food truck industries will eliminate about 6,600 tonnes of CO2 per year, the equivalent of taking 1,500 cars permanently off our roads.We need hundreds of more concrete actions like this in every sector of our economy over the next 10 years to turn the tide on global warming.Adriane Carr, Vancouver City CouncillorKeep dogs on a leashHere we go again. A White Rock resident walks his two dogs off leash and nearly gets killed. There is a new invention called a leash. It keeps young and old safe from aggressive dogs and/or dogs wandering onto train tracks.While we are on the subject, cyclists who tether their dogs to a bicycle are just as stupid. Keep your dogs safe on a leash and leave the bike at home.Bob Grennan, North 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.