Access should have been priority 1
Re: ‘It’s a hell of a shame’; Philanthropist Dick Haskayne laments lack of access to city park he funded, March 31
Based on maps published by the City of Calgary and provincial land registry maps, Haskayne Legacy Park abuts the eastern border of Glenbow Provincial Park and three different public roads in Rocky View County. The park could be opened tomorrow for pedestrians, bikers, and people willing to portage their boats to the waterfront.
Currently, it is a private park with a $2-million visitor centre for a dozen Rocky View millionaires that don’t pay Calgary taxes.
Andrew White, Calgary
Enough food, but more volunteers needed
Re: Share the wealth of discarded food, Letters, April 7
The letter writer may be pleased to hear that many (if not all) of her suggestions are already in place, but not by the government, but by local charity organizations.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nancy Dick of the City of Calgary rallied 45 charities in monthly zoom meetings to discuss the collection and distribution of food. The result is an interactive map www.tinyurl.com/covidfoodyyc. A list of 210 agencies can be found on www.tinyurl.com/covidfoodyyc-list. There is enough food to feed everyone, but more volunteers are needed.
So no need for the government to take action. It is on us, the citizens.
Theo van Besouw, Calgary
UCP not against enforcement
Re: Erratic enforcement breeds growing sense of unfairness over COVID-19 measures, Opinion, April 5
Everyone take a deep (masked) breath and calm down. Don Braid’s comment “A lot does happen, actually — just not in the rebel Alberta churches that seem to spook the UCP government” is a bit beyond the pale. I saw the “enforcement action” taken by Calgary Police and AHS, and nowhere did I see a UCP official saying to not enforce the regulations. Stop politicizing an issue that already has too many hot buttons.
William Lacey, Calgary
Canada caused its own vaccine issues
Re: Managing the vaccine flood; Trudeau offers help giving shots as Ford defends Ontario’s vaccination backlog, April 7
I cannot understand why the media compares Canada’s vaccine percentages to the U.S. or the U.K. I am frankly surprised that we have any doses at all. We are not manufacturing any, we rely on purchases from other countries and we are lucky to get any until those countries who have invested in the private pharmaceutical industry have completed their vaccinations.
I would love to blame PM Trudeau but it is successive governments that have virtually eliminated the private pharmaceutical industry in Canada. We want generic drugs, cheap and plentiful, and we expect that will suffice. It is fine for historical diseases, but as we have seen this past year, we need to react quickly and will likely have to again.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh wants any pharmaceutical industry in Canada to be a crown corporation, but it is private industry driven by the evil prophet, profit, that will make this work. Without government support, this will never happen because the large pharma will simply go elsewhere.
Greg Urton, Calgary
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