MP is right about Garden City lands

Greg Halsey-Brandt’s comments (Opinion, Jan. 11) about John Cummins being out of step on the Garden City lands could not be more wrong.

To state he suspects most of Mr. Cummins’ constituents want development on these lands shows he must consult the same crystal ball as Raymond Chan who claims there is “widespread” support for development. Just maybe Mr. Cummins is actually listening to his people in his riding.

We are continually adding thousands more people to our city with little increase in amenities, and yet prime agricultural land in the middle of the city capable of producing thousands of pounds of fresh produce for its citizens is viewed as something to destroy for just more development.

It saddens me to see that agriculture is viewed by many politicians as something that should be out of sight. This mentality only contributes to the increasing disconnect of the general public in how and where our food is produced.

This land is a unique opportunity for Richmond to add sustainability to our city. But I guess Greg Halsey-Brandt, Raymond Chan, Malcolm Brodie and others just assume that the cheap produce from Mexico and California will keep rolling in forever.

Carol Southgate


A tragic death


On a snowy winter night, we were thinking of the warm summer evening our family spent watching Theatre Under the Stars. Our little son watching Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, mesmerized.  

The young man playing Joseph, Zeyn Ali, put such vitality into the role. His mother, volunteering at the concession to support her son in his dream. We chatted a bit. They were from Richmond too, not far from where we live. You just knew that this talented young man was destined for great things.

Tuesday night on the late news, we saw his feet poking out from under a cloth draped over his lifeless body, a victim of a Vancouver hit and run.  

What a loss. We cannot fathom the shock and grief for his family. Our thoughts are with them.

Lorraine Graves


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