A First Nations artists work on a totem pole in the village of Old Massett, British Columbia, Canada, on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Facing five major energy initiatives in B.C., Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau will choose which constituency to abandon. He's allowed a hydroelectric dam to proceed; pending are decisions on Enbridge Inc.'s Northern Gateway crude pipeline, Petroliam Nasional Bhd.'s LNG project on Lelu Island, a pipeline expansion by Kinder Morgan Inc., as well as a ban on crude oil tankers. Photographer: Ben Nelms/Bloomberg
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Your newspaper caption writer may have been distracted by other news items (“ First Nations frustrate Canada’s gas exports”, January 14). What those in the picture were working on was not a “totem poll”, which would have been a good description of a second Brexit referendum, but a “totem pole”.

Jon Bird
Bedlington, Northumberland, UK

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