I support the Saskatchewan jury after enduring racism following its decision to acquit Canadian farmer Gerald Stanley in the death of Colten Boushie, despite the pressure applied during pre-trial accusations of Stanley’s guilt. As the jury determined, we will never know if Boushie’s death was intentional. As a juror, it would have been difficult for me to condemn a man for acting to protect his person and property. Had Boushie not been on Stanley’s property, he would have saved everyone much grief. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was clinging to the coattail of her Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as both undermined the juror’s duty and decision by their concurring comments on CTV news stating that we can, must and have to do better. I would prefer the two of you refrain from your presumptive practice of speaking inclusively on my behalf. As for the jury they did just fine and you weren’t there.
Brock Turner, Chatham, ON
B.C. needs competition in auto insurance
David Eby called ICBC a financial dumpster fire. The rest of British Columbians view ICBC as a wallet-sucking parasite. My basic insurance premiums went up 6.4 per cent and then February 1, an additional two per cent for optional coverage and ICBC is asking for a possible 30-per-cent increase by 2019? I am currently paying over $2,000 a year for one vehicle with the 43-per-cent reduction included. My friend in Ottawa insures two cars, with four drivers — two of which have less that 10-years’ experience — and the total car insurance he pays for the whole year is $1.500. How can ICBC justify their exorbitant rates to B.C. drivers? We need competition to rid us of the monopoly, reduce the cost of vehicle insurance and eliminate the massive workforce behind ICBC. Making small changes to their policy, like capping mild injury payouts, isn’t going to resolve the issue. That’s just throwing a cup of water on the dumpster fire.
Sandra Steffan, Langley
NHL players should be allowed to compete in Olympics
Re: State Of Play; Canadian men determined to not just play in the Olympics, but to make their country proud in the process, Feb 10
I enjoyed Rob Longley’s article on the Canadian Team preparing for the Olympic Hockey Tournament. What a great experience for those who have a chance to play in the Olympics. What puzzles me is the lack of reaction from the best players in the world at being shut out by the NHL club owners? Name me another major team sport in the world that does not have “best against best” on a regular basis? It is a real shame for the players and fans of hockey that there is not more real international play. The players are mute and the media too seems to be apathetic to this situation. Mind you many in the Hockey Media have rarely been very complementary of the international game. Yet so many will never forget Crosby’s winning goal in 2010. Will we ever see Sidney Crosby play again for Canada? A sad comment on the sport of hockey to be hijacked by a few club owners that couldn’t see the league take a break once every four years to allow the best players to compete in the Olympics.
Ken Beckett, Vancouver