December 14th, 2019

Letters to the Editor

City’s school busing decision concerning, perplexing

By Letter to the Editor on December 14th, 2019

As a parent and a citizen, I am concerned about the city council’s decision to end the current school bus service arrangement between the city and the school boards. The current cost recovery arrangement ensures that the school boards are able to offer this critical service as efficiently as possible. And while we are one ... Read More »

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Quid pro quo part of orderly society

By Letter to the Editor on December 13th, 2019

Most media make it sound as if quid pro quo is a terrible mistake. However, voluntary quid pro quo agreements are part of contracts, purchases and orderly society: Party A provides certain goods, services and conduct to Party B, who responds with appropriate pay or action toward Party A. Driving safely is a quid pro ... Read More »

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Blankets for Canada turning scraps into help for the needy

By Letter to the Editor on December 13th, 2019

We would like to update the community about Blankets for Canada. A few weeks ago we were invited to a fibre event at the Centre Village Mall. It showed people what can be done with all kinds of yarn, etc. There we met a lot of people who do not know about Blankets for Canada. ... Read More »

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Good driving skills in short supply these days

By Letter to the Editor on December 13th, 2019

What has happened to driving skills? I had a border collie that could probably drive better than the low-functioning morons behind the wheel today. Never have I seen it so bad. Oh, and could someone invent an app to educate millennials on how to brush a foot of snow off the hood of your vehicle ... Read More »

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Why mimic Vancouver’s unsuccessful plan?

By Letter to the Editor on December 12th, 2019

The Vancouver downtown east side (DES) had the first supervised injection site in North America, opening in 2003, and 11 years later Canada was hit with the opioid crisis. Overdose deaths in B.C. rose 725 per cent from 2003-2018, even though the site/social programs were in place for many years. In 2019 the Vancouver CHA ... Read More »

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Homo sapiens can make a choice

By Letter to the Editor on December 12th, 2019

Homo sapiens – the thinking animal. Do many of us think of ourselves as animals? What about thinking? What do we think about? A job, money, the weather. I wonder what, or if, animals like the dinosaurs were thinking the day before their extinction. Was munching leaves or each other all there was to life? ... Read More »

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Lethbridge is a helpful city

By Letter to the Editor on December 11th, 2019

Recently my colleague and I were in Lethbridge to present on the #LetsStopAgeism campaign and made many observations about your senior centres – LSCO and Nord-Bridge – and your beautiful city. We found the spaces to be welcoming, inclusive and positive. Participants were engaged and engaging and we cannot wait to see the campaign grow ... Read More »

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Alberta should stop funding private schools

By Letter to the Editor on December 11th, 2019

As a former Albertan who recently moved to Toronto, I watch Alberta politics with interest. When I lived in Alberta I always wondered why the government blatantly supported private schools and colleges with taxpayer dollars. Over the last 50 years this support has gone from zero to well over $200 million. If these funds were ... Read More »

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The math shows yes, it is staff cutting

By Letter to the Editor on December 11th, 2019

Dear Nathan Neudorf and other UCP supporters: Your recent comment that you are not cutting nurses, just not replacing them, is no different than cutting staff. Since you and the UCP don’t understand math (nine per cent return on investment reduced to two per cent return is good, according to the UCP), I have a ... Read More »

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World not protecting transgender people

By Letter to the Editor on December 11th, 2019

The fact of the matter is that the majority of the world’s countries condemn transgender people to die every day, whether it’s by indifference, by inaction, by disapproval, by disagreement, by violence, by persecution and by hatred. Donald Trump, Jason Kenney and the UCP wish to accelerate the extermination of transgender and gender-variant people in ... Read More »

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Action needed to end workplace violence in social care

By Letter to the Editor on December 10th, 2019

On Friday, Oct. 25, Deborah Onwu, an experienced and well-regarded social worker, was stabbed to death by while on duty at a social and health-care centre in Calgary. An 18-year-old client is charged in the death. Deborah’s death is tragic enough. What is more tragic is that many of the conditions that led to Deborah’s ... Read More »

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