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Gilles Rivard, Calgary
Citizens protest War Room
Citizens from several activist groups including Extinction Rebellion, Fridays for the Future, Calgarians for Climate and Idle No More peacefully protested outside the Calgary Energy Centre (War Room) on Aug. 19. For many Albertans in a time of pandemic crisis, economic distress and climate emergency, spending $30M on an organization dedicated to searching out foreign funding on conscientious environmental groups and releasing inaccurate information (as documented by University of Alberta professor Andrew Leach) was, and is, unacceptable.
A suggestion box was chained to a public site for Albertans to register their disapproval of this misguided spending of taxpayer funds. It was stolen before the next day, raising questions about our freedoms and respect for democracy by this government.
Responsible governments in Canada and across the world are pressing for commitments to a just and aggressive energy transition for which we see no indication from the Alberta government; rather a retrenchment in irresponsible pandering, subsidies and tax breaks for an industry that shows no indication of recognizing their contribution to the climate crisis or of honoring its $260B cleanup responsibilities.
David Swann, Calgary
A cautionary staycation tale
You don’t have to travel to B.C. to have your car vandalized and life threatened. That can be done right here at home in Calgary while being a tourist in your own backyard.
On Friday, while parked at the PetroCan meet-up spot off Hwy. 1 to join friends for a hike, thieves cut out the catalytic converter from my CR-V. (RCMP tell me they got three that day.) I couldn’t accelerate. I couldn’t go home. After arranging a tow, it will cost me plenty in cash and inconvenience to have it fixed. Such a shame as its such a great spot and gift for Calgarians. But not worth the risk.
Jackie Reeves, Calgary