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Letter: Community benefits from hunting in far North – Kelowna Capital News

To the editor:

“Dead Polar Bear Picture Fires Up Arctic Storm”

It was so disappointing to read this headline regarding the posting on Twitter of a dead polar bear by MP Leona Aglukkaq.

I do love animals and would never wish to hurt one. I am not a vegetarian and so do eat meat, also eggs and milk. I wear shoes that are sometimes made of leather.

Some 90 per cent of Canadians live within 100 miles of the border with the States. Luckily, I live in a fairly densely populated area and have a plethora of outlets at which I can buy my food. Because of this, I can make more choices about the food I wish my family to eat. If we wish to eat kosher, hallal, vegetarian or vegan (to mention but a few), the option is easily available.

Moving further north, that picture changes drastically. In Arctic Bay, a head of cabbage $28.54; in Igloolik six cans of concentrated orange juice $51.89; in Clyde River 24 bottles of water $104.99. Now look at the cost of those items here and readjust the cost of your shopping cart.

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