Credit to Author: Carolyn Soltau| Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2020 02:00:50 +0000
If we have any hope of a sustainable future, it will require us to think differently about how we view and use animals. While a “water-skiing squirrel” may seem meaningless or even “cute”, it reinforces the harmful narrative that animals are props for amusement, not sentient beings. We must evolve.
The Fur-Bearers would like to acknowledge Vancouver Coun. Pete Fry and the City of Vancouver for investigating our concerns related to this show, and for enforcing current city bylaws that prohibit animal acts.
Lesley Fox, executive director, The Fur-Bearers, North Vancouver
Unfortunately, the media is catering to their audience. Men who watch the news in general, prefer to look at a nicer-looking woman. And since the networks are all about ratings, they cater to that audience. I don’t think it is fair, and I agree with Tamara Taggart. But it really has little to do with the men working in the Vancouver stations because it is a much bigger problem than that. Look at all the big U.S. stations in the morning news time slots — CNN, Fox, MSNBC. It is all the same.
Brian Sweet, Vancouver
I read with great interest Ian Mulgrew’s column in The Vancouver Sun, the main gist of which, as indicated by the online caption for the article, was: “ICBC changes put rights of injured at grave risks, lawyers warn.”
Well, personal-injury lawyers would say that, wouldn’t they? I do not doubt that they are sincerely of the view that the move from partial to full no-fault insurance is misguided because injured parties will be denied their day in court, but I wonder if they are missing the full picture. Often the difference between being liable for an accident and not being liable is a matter of split-second errors in reaction, judgment, or concentration. Almost all drivers make those errors from time to time, and in most cases they do not result in an accident, but when they do, what often results is litigation as to whom was at fault. Judges and juries struggle with the issue, but it can be a very close call, one way or another.
Moreover, where liability is conceded as it often is, the cascade of competing medical experts and competing actuaries runs up costs for both parties. The cost of litigating claims runs up costs for both plaintiffs and ICBC, leaving even successful plaintiffs with only partial compensation owing to the disparity between awarded court costs and lawyer compensation.
The pure no-fault system has been tried and tested in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and there does not appear to be any great desire to go back there to the fault-based litigation system. It may be that the pure (with a few exceptions) no-fault system that will shortly be introduced in B.C. will not reduce insurance rates over the long term, but that remains to be seen. Will there be unhappy campers under the no-fault system? Count on it. But there are unhappy campers under the tort-based litigation system because where liability is contested, one half of litigants go away disappointed. Moreover, where quantum of damages is contested, as it is in almost all cases, many claimants are disappointed despite having had their day in court. They end up as unhappy campers. My point: if the tort-based litigation system delivered perfection, it would be hard to argue in favour of an administrative no-fault system. But it hasn’t, and it doesn’t, and it never will.
Frederick Irvine, Vancouver
I am a volunteer driver with the Freemasons Cancer Car Program. As a result of today’s blockade at Broadway and Cambie many cancer patients were unable to take advantage of our program to get free rides to and from the cancer clinic at VGH, or were very late for their appointments or had excessive wait times for a ride home.
Would the protesters please explain how this furthers their cause?
Bryan Wall, Vancouver
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