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Thank you to Dr. Adam Kendall and staff at the Whistler Health Clinic, to the dedicated medical staff at Vancouver Children’s Hospital, to our parents, brothers, sisters and extended family, Whistler/Pemberton Public Health, Allan Crawford, Dr. Marissa Collins, the Moms and Tots at Pemberton Drop In, and to all of Ella’s friends here in the mountains, young and old, who reached out and gave us so much support.

Thank you.

Jen, Derek, Ella and Sarah Vasseur

Pemberton

 

In last week’s letter to the editor, Mr. Protter brings up some valuable and interesting issues surrounding the intended proliferation of Independent Powder Projects in our area. Unfortunately there are many gross assumptions made that skew the argument that we must accept more powerline clutter.

Just saying a project is green‚ doesn’t make it so. As we have seen with the Miller Creek fiasco, both B.C. Hydro and Epcor love to bandy about the term "green power" as an advertising slogan, but when pressed, are forced to admit that the project does not live up to its green power billing, even under their own loose criteria.

The embarrassingly sophomoric argument that "we all use power, so we must accept its downside" does not wash when one truly does stand back, takes a look and does see the forest for the trees.

The suggestion that saying no to "green power" is tantamount to saying yes to nuclear and fossil fuel-reliant power generation is an unquestioning leap of logic that demonstrates an unfortunate lack of imagination as to other possibilities for power generation/reclamation. Conservation is the single easiest way in which to stretch the power generating capacity we already have. When industry has been forced to, they have consistently found ways to radically reduce their power consumption. Sadly, there is little political will to pursue this, as energy generation is a taxable commodity, while conservation is not.

The provincial government should also be much more involved in fuel cell development, where relatively clean generation can be effected close to the population that is consuming the bulk of the energy. Truly sustainable solar technology has been left to languish in university R&D departments, despite the fact that even a moderate number of existing panels are enough to power an average household’s daily needs. Heat pumps, despite their initial costs, should be mandatory in every new school, hospital and government building.

These are only a few of the ways in which one may give real meaning to "sustainability," which has become the hackneyed flavour-of-the-day term favoured by corporate PR persons to sell their projects. True social and environmental responsibility deny retrenchment in avoidable resource degradation, which is assuredly not a sustainable option.