Letters: Langley communication must include Kinder Morgan listening

Dear Editor,

Yes, “Let’s talk” as Mr. Anderson suggests [Advertisement, page A2, Dec. 2, Langley Advance].

But first, let’s agree that there is no meaningful “talk”  unaccompanied by “listen” – that is, listening with an open mind and an open heart, listening with the possibility of hearing and accepting a well reasoned and respectfully spoken, “No, I do not consent.”

Clearly, the conversations with “Burnaby” did not include the concerns of Burnaby’s mayor, Member of Parliament, and numerous residents over Kinder Morgan’s assessment of what is in “the best interests of the residents of Burnaby.”

Nor did the assessments demonstrate any noticeable concern for “the best interests of the First Nations” on whose unceded territory Kinder Morgan chose to do its work, or the trees in the gazetted conservation area it chose to cut down.

Communication is “a purposeful activity of exchanging information and meaning” – Wikipedia.

Communication alone does not bestow social license, political permission, or legal right.

Pardon my impudence, but wouldn’t it behoove Mr. Anderson and others from Kinder Morgan Canada to bone up on their listening skills if they are indeed serious about continuing “open relationships” with local communities?

Susan Davidson, Aldergrove

Just Posted

Team BC advancing undefeated in junior nationals

A Langley-based team is 6-0, thus far, at the Canadian curling championships.

Langley serves as backdrop to pair of competing short films

In the 20th annual Crazy8s Film competition, two of six producers will be filming in Langley.

VIDEO: Rivermen back on the ice in Langley tonight

In their game against West Kelowna tonight, Langley’s junior A hockey team gets into action at 7:15.

Louder helicopter partly to blame for rash of complaints in Surrey: RCMP

Police say helicopter training is conducted in Cloverdale because it’s ‘a very practical area where we do a lot of real police work’

Chances coming for public to have say on Langley tax rates

Local councillors will soon debate property tax rates for 2019.

VIDEO: Here’s what the B.C. legislature officers are accused of buying

Personal trips, purchases, alcohol and more laid out in 76-page report by Plecas

Former Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

M’s legend Edgar Martinez, Rivera, Mussina also make the grade

South Surrey mother ‘never called 911’ after killing daughter, court hears

Crown submits evidence shows Lisa Batstone wanted eight-year-old Teagan to die

Why would the B.C. legislature need a firewood splitter?

First sign of police involvement in investigation of top managers

New Canada Food Guide nixes portion sizes, promotes plant-based proteins

Guide no longer lists milk and dairy products as a distinct food group

Judge annuls hairdresser’s forced marriage to boss’ relative

Woman was told she’d be fired if she didn’t marry boss’s Indian relative so he could immigrate here

Video: Runaway Coquihalla dog returned to owner

Archer, the dog found roaming along Coq. Hwy. on Jan. 19, has been reunited with owner

Most Read