Letters to The Province, Might 20, 2022: Housing, meals and well being care ought to take precedence over museum facelift

Opinion: Letters to The Province, Might 20, 2022.

Whereas B.C. recovers from devastating climate occasions, Premier Horgan proclaims a $789 million facelift to the Royal B.C. Museum.

Including insult to this ill-advised resolution, he’s utilizing First Nations reconciliation to help a vacationer/college field-trip vacation spot whereas First Nations communities are nonetheless attempting to get well from current fires and floods.

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Earlier than anybody judges my touch upon reconciliation initiatives, I’m First Nation and know tradition is essential, however so is a secure group and a house.

Our mom was featured as a language and data keeper of the Provider Sekani Peoples on the Exploration Place Museum in Prince George in 2019. My mother grew up within the worst of instances however taught her household about work ethic and budgeting.

She had a easy formulation: Out of your earnings, first you pay for the must-haves (dwelling, meals, warmth and transportation for work), the remainder you divide by 4 and that is your disposable earnings on the “nice-to-haves” — however not earlier than you place some apart for a wet day.

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She self-proclaimed herself as a finance minister.

What must be addressed by the premier is housing, meals, transportation and well being care, and utilizing the rainy-day account to handle the unexpected harm attributable to a long-ignored local weather disaster.

Persons are struggling by means of no fault of their very own and John Horgan finds it acceptable to spend virtually $800 million on a nice-to-have expense.

Each penny of this cash has to go to addressing rather more dire wants on this province, and this premier must get his priorities proper.

For those who agree there are different priorities, name your MLA, write Horgan, let him hear from the folks.

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Jo-Anne Berezanski, elder, Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, Victoria

Falcon places his foot in his mouth

It solely took Kevin Falcon at some point within the B.C. Legislature to place his foot in his mouth 3 times.

He stated he would cease the $1 billion revamp of the Royal B.C. Museum. What’s going to Indigenous folks say in regards to the persevering with lack of inclusion in B.C. historical past?

He stated he would cease the Massey Tunnel substitute undertaking and swap again to a bridge. All of the municipalities within the space favour a tunnel.

He stated that attributable to excessive gasoline costs he would provide free rides on transit for 4 months. How does that assist individuals who should drive?

Dale Laird, Vancouver

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