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Letters to the Editor for the week of March 8th, 2012

Not a waster of tax dollars

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Cheryl Springman

Whistler

Tuna safe to eat

I wanted to reach out on the bullet in your article, "How to avoid 'slow death by rubber duck,'" that says, "Avoid mercury; pregnant women especially should avoid tuna." (Pique, March 1 2012)

While pregnant and breastfeeding women are guided to avoid four exotic and rarely eaten species of higher-mercury seafood — shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish — tuna is not one of them. The brand new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans clearly state that pregnant and breastfeeding women can safely eat all kinds of cooked tuna, including up to six ounces/week of white albacore tuna. More importantly, this population is encouraged to eat NO LESS than eight ounces of a variety of seafood per week because it has been scientifically shown to boost baby brain development.

Moms-to-be in the U.S. currently eat less than one-quarter of this target amount for optimal health.

Jennifer McGuire, MS, RD National Fisheries Institute

Oahu, Hawaii

Under the G....47!

"Spectacular Event" and "Great Family Night" were some of the comments we received on the March 1 Bingo Night at Spring Creek School. With close to 300 in attendance we raised over $5,500 towards our students' outdoor education programs for a sustainable environment.

A combined effort was put forth from École la Passerelle and Spring Creek Community School Parent Advisory Councils. We would like to thank the following generous sponsors; Nester's Market, Sea to Sky Celebrations, Flagsunlimited.com, Bounce Trampoline Park, Whistler Dental, Summit Sport, Dairy Queen, Precision Painting, Whistler Real Estate — Elizabeth Chaplin and Dave Brown, Double Diamond Law, Coast Mountain Mechanical, Four Seasons Resort, Across the Creek Organics, Whistler Cooks, Delta Hotels, The Loft, Wildwood, Nita Lake Lodge, Blackcomb Liquor Store, Scandinave Spa, Ruby Tuesday, Ziptrek, Whoola Toys, Dinky Dawgs, Source for Sports, Splitz Grill, Boston Pizza, Fathom Stone, IGA, YYOGA, Andrea Peiffer RMT, Tumblewoods, Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler Eye Clinic, Whistler Sliding Centre, Julie Nash — Arbonne, Catherine Trueman — Stella & Dot, WMSC, Sabre, Upper Village Market,  Ralph Forsyth, Irene Wood — Norwex, Heather Prohaska — Usborne Books, Sass Designs, Kahuna Paddleboards, The Lift, as well as all the wonderful families who contributed to making our amazing community family BINGO Night a huge success!

Tanya Goertzen, Christiane Loring, Janis McKenzie, Kerri Fletcher, and Angela Morris

SCCS PAC Fundraising Committee

Wind Farming speeds up

For most people in B.C., Thursday, February 16, 2012 was just another day. But in the annals of B.C.'s energy sector it was an historic day marked by the official completion of the Dokie wind farm project near Chetwynd.