Believing neighbourhoods at risk
Re: Blame councils for breaking downtown, Opinion, March 10
Once again, Licia Corbella has nailed it with her column. Through successive “social engineering” moves ( e.g. eliminating parking spots and hiking fees, implementing bike lanes) as well as taxing companies out of business, city council has made downtown totally undesirable to visit and work in.
Mayor Nenshi and council now want the province to pony up to lure people back so it can resume its tax and spend practices.
Few citizens are aware council is about to wreak similar destruction on some established neighbourhoods through their “Guidebook to Great Communities” which they vote on next week. By converting established neighbourhoods to high-density jungles, future councils will have more tax dollars to spend. But like downtown, once the desirability of our neighbourhoods is gone, there is no going back.
Gerry McAllister, Calgary
No vaccines sent to rural areas
My mother is 96, lives out in the country, and the only way she can get a COVID shot is if I drive her into Red Deer, over 100 km away. We have a pharmacy 18 km away and a hospital, a clinic and two pharmacies within 40 km. The doctors here are as confused as we are in trying to get help for rural folk who don’t seem to matter to our government.
Susan Clark, Winfield, Alta.
Front-line health techs have no protection
As we get more vaccine doses, the government should revisit prioritization of diagnostic imaging technologists. Very few of them are over 50, and none have been offered access.
Consider that they move back-and-forth between COVID-positive patients and other patients in ICU, ER, OR — in some cases imaging them for up to 30 minutes at bedside. This group of health-care workers are essential, but they are frustrated, demoralized, and disappointed after a year of committed work during this pandemic.
We have done them a disservice by not yet providing the vaccine. Even a single dose would provide them much safety from exposure and transmission between patients.
Sarah Koles, Calgary
Stand up to the U.S.
This weekend instead of one hour, let’s turn the clock back to Premier Kenney’s first 100 days when he announced an “Equalization Payment Referendum” would be held in October 2021. Remember that? What about the resource corridors agreed to by all premiers but later ignored by our good friends in Ontario and Quebec? Let’s not forget Alberta’s Oil/Gas Strategic Plan. Where is it?
Trumpians say “U.S. energy independence was due to Trump’s administration.” Hold on, Alberta supplies 49 per cent of their oil at a substantial discount. Unfortunately, we are stuck in neutral because our premier and dear leader in Ottawa won’t push back. Under Trump, we couldn’t finish the job because of U.S. judicial and regulatory interference.
We need Kenney to act more like Lougheed (as in 1980 against Trudeau) and cut U.S. oil supply by 15 to 25 per cent or whatever it takes to resolve this problem.
Peter Miller, Calgary
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