Letters to The Sun, July 3, 2021

The Solely Seafood Café was a valuable a part of Vancouver

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RIP The Solely, Hastings Avenue’s landmark cafe


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I learn with curiosity your article on the historical past and lack of the constructing which housed The Solely and the Loggers Membership.

The Solely Seafood Cafe was a valuable a part of the Vancouver that I got here to know after I first moved west within the early Nineteen Seventies. A lot of town that existed within the first half of the twentieth Century was nonetheless alive at the moment. I most likely ate at The Solely as soon as a month till I moved north in 1980 — chowder, halibut cheeks and chips was my common order, but when that they had no cheeks, I favoured the fried skate. Even after I moved to Fort St. John (the place pioneering historical past was just one era in the past), each time I got here again to Vancouver, a go to to The Solely was important. Once I moved again in 1997, I labored downtown and, as soon as per week walked down for lunch, in addition to introducing everybody I knew who visited Vancouver (and I believed sufficiently open-minded) to the delight of this final, nice Vancouver oyster home.


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As soon as, within the mid-’70s, I climbed the lengthy, extensive, uncarpeted spruce staircase to the Loggers Membership. Contained in the door, on the high of the steps, was a big open room with no pillars or helps (constructed for a pool parlour, I now know) with extensive, spruce floorboards and about half a dozen spherical picket tables about six toes in diameter with seven chairs round every. Three of the tables have been absolutely occupied with what, to my present reminiscence, have been characters out of “Now You’re Logging” by Bus Griffiths, enjoying poker. The Loggers Membership was each inch as characterful as The (a lot missed) Solely.

Josh Lewis, Vancouver

John Mackie’s two current articles illustrate why Vancouver is dropping its “awesomeness”.

We giggle on the absurdity of the planner’s imaginative and prescient for a freeway and “brutalist concrete towers” for the downtown waterfront within the Sixties, but we passively settle for the present planner’s assertion that The Solely Cafe constructing should be demolished and changed with one more “insipid caricature.” Those self same planners ignored the demolition by neglect of The Solely constructing. They might have supplied incentives to include it into a brand new growth proper together with that fabulous neon signal. Disgrace on them.


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John Davis, Vancouver

Re: Lia Paradis: Dwelling and dying as an Indigenous man

If I had Lia Paradis’ deal with, I’d write her straight to inform her how unhappy I used to be to listen to of her brother Luc’s demise.

Once I opened that web page of The Vancouver Solar and noticed his image, I used to be at first blissful to see him, till I learn the article. I knew Luc a minimum of a decade in the past when he typically hung round decrease Davie Avenue. I all the time loved speaking to him and anxious when at one level he disappeared. After a while he got here again to the West Finish and informed me he had been in rehab, and he undoubtedly seemed higher for it. Luc was a stunning man with an amazing sense of humour regardless of his struggles.

When he disappeared once more, I typically puzzled how he was. Some years later, I used to be strolling beside Native Housing and there he was. I used to be so blissful to see him once more and listen to that he had housing. Avenue and transient individuals come and go right here within the West Finish, however a lot of them are missed once they disappear — we not often know what occurred to them. I’m positive many opened their Solar on Monday and have been like me at first blissful to see that beautiful face, after which saddened to listen to of his demise.


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My condolences to his sister.

Dannie Mcarthur, Vancouver

EV rebates are counterproductive

Re: We’d like ‘extra carrots and fewer sticks’ to realize a cleaner air aim

If we’re speaking about carrots and sticks for a greater setting, governments ought to take into account dropping rebates on purchases of electrical autos and as a substitute cost a premium on purchases of gas-powered autos. Authorities rebates are counterproductive. EV costs will stayed excessive so long as rebates can be found. The identical factor occurred with LED gentle bulbs and high-efficacy furnaces. However as quickly as the federal government rebates ended, and the product needed to enchantment to clients with out authorities handouts, costs dropped. Going from EV rebates to fuel surcharges wouldn’t solely increase EV gross sales, it could flip this system from a value centre to a revenue centre for the federal government.

With elevated EV gross sales and expertise enhancements, the value of EVs must be falling quick. As an alternative, the bottom worth for EVs is about slightly below the edge for the federal government rebate. That means the automotive corporations let taxpayers do all of the heavy lifting. Why drop costs if the federal government, by means of rebates, will do it for them?

S.I. Petersen, Nanaimo

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