April 3rd, 2020

Letters to the Editor

Mayor has a part to play in finding an appropriate SCS location

By Letter to the Editor on February 7th, 2020

Re: “No chance for city supervised consumption funds: mayor,” Jan. 30 Regarding Mayor Clugston’s firm belief that “treatment and recovery is the only way” in rejecting the idea of a supervised consumption site in Medicine Hat let me state the following. The South Zone Medical Administrative Committee passed a unanimous motion of support for the ... Read More »

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The impact of Alberta withdrawing from the CPP

By Letter to the Editor on February 5th, 2020

Premier Jason Kenney’s Fair Deal Panel will consider whether Alberta should withdraw from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and create its own plan. Albertans need to think hard before abandoning a pension plan that is universal, stable, portable, well managed, and has inflation-protected benefits. Contributions and pensions are paid at the same rate across the ... Read More »

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Compassion and decency in difficult times

By Letter to the Editor on February 5th, 2020

As a specialist physician and surgeon in the community, I have been fortunate to work with many inspiring colleagues at the frontline of our health care system, and it has been an amazing journey over the last twelve years. My then “young” family immigrated to Canada in 2007, and we could not have felt more ... Read More »

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Gun buy reminds of the firearms registry boondoggle

By Letter to the Editor on February 4th, 2020

Bill Blair, the federal public safety minister, wants to confiscate legally owned guns from Canadians. About those people he said, ” We are very mindful we are dealing with law abiding Canadians and I want to make sure they are treated fairly and respectfully.” He goes on to say, “I have nothing but respect for ... Read More »

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Abandoned and orphaned wells a difficult problem

By Letter to the Editor on February 3rd, 2020

Alberta is facing a crisis. One that has been quietly percolating for years, and now that we have run out of time, something must be done about the abandoned and orphaned gas and oil wells doting our landscape. We have a conundrum, as no one knows where the estimated billions of dollars to pay for ... Read More »

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Wetlands around the world are being lost at an incredible rate

By Letter to the Editor on February 3rd, 2020

This past Sunday, Feb. 2, was World Wetlands Day, a day that forces all of us to come to terms with an environmental crisis happening right in our own backyard. It’s a crisis just as damaging as those being experienced by rainforests, coral reefs and the Australian Outback. The loss of wetlands in Alberta, in ... Read More »

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Mutual benefits to allowing younger people in Veiner Centre

By Letter to the Editor on February 1st, 2020

Re: “Let the seniors run the Veiner Centre,” Jan. 13 In his letter Robert Tetz questions the motivation behind allowing young people to attend duplicate bridge lessons at the Veiner Centre. As a Veiner Centre member and budding bridge player, I appreciate being able to learn alongside such a pleasant group of engaged, courteous and ... Read More »

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Political theatre does a disservice

By Letter to the Editor on January 31st, 2020

Re: “Alberta fires back at UN committee for criticism,” Jan. 8 No doubt the UCP Cheer Squad will be applauding Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage for her fearless opposition to the United Nations Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination. I see no reason for applause. Rather than dealing with substantive issues, Savage took pains to ... Read More »

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Politicians need to get back to plain talk

By Letter to the Editor on January 31st, 2020

Is it just me or have politicians in the last few years developed an aversion to plain language? Premier Jason Kenney is “possibly” going to close or move provincially-funded drug dens; well are you or are you not or is this a hot topic you want to be associated with but do not want to ... Read More »

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United Conservative Party is showing its Puritan roots

By Letter to the Editor on January 30th, 2020

In a nutshell, the Puritans believed if you were suffering God meant you to suffer. If you were rich, God meant you to be rich. If you were powerful God deigned you to be powerful. This ideology ties neatly into the Old Testament concept of original sin. So a suffering person deserves to suffer. A ... Read More »

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