Letters of the week: Feb. 21 to 27

Stop the border blaster

RE: Retired engineer leads fight against radio towers, Feb. 14, 2014.

I have been following the efforts of the cross-border coalition to stop the proposed construction of five radio towers in Point Roberts for use by the (unlicensed by CRTC) Sher-E-Punjab Radio Broadcasting Inc. on the 50-kilowatt KRPI 1550 AM station. Like most of us I didn’t pay much attention and didn’t want to get involved.

However, the more I researched this the more I felt we as residents of Tsawwassen, must become involved and support the people behind the movement to stop the construction. We can’t afford to be apathetic about this. The results will be very detrimental causing harmful blanketing interference with our Internet service, house-hold appliances, real estate values etc. I recently contacted the people behind the advertising campaign to see what their qualifications were.

I called Jim Ronback and asked him or his associate to provide me with his background in writing. I was very impressed and pleased to provide it to the public.

Jim worked on the Canada Arm II used on the International Space Station, wrote its System Software Safety manual, trained Canada Space Agency staff, worked on our civilian and military air traffic control systems, uncovered design weaknesses in the safety shutdown system of the Darlington nuclear power plant in Ontario, designed a real-time computer operating system for the heavy water plant in Glace Bay Nova Scotia, worked on the fault tolerant flight control of the CH27 helicopter . . . and so on.

All that Jim Ronback wants in return for his many hours of work is that we urge Industry Canada Minister James Moore to request the Federal Communication Commission in Washington D.C. to reconsider its Point Roberts KRPI 1550 AM decision and stop the construction of the towers.

Please send your request to reconsider to James Moore at minister.industry@ic.gc.ca.

Bob Hughes



Congrats to TFN

Tsawwassen First Nation, Chief Bryce Williams and all TFN people deserve neighbourly congratulations for their announcement of the first mall tenants of thier new under-construction Tsawwassen shopping mall.

This is an important milestone of success towards a destination retail project to welcome neighours.  The new shopping mall will update the face of TFN and the region with a sign that TFN and hopefully Delta is open for business, culture, and enjoyment of getting to know our neighbours.

Carole Vignale


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