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Estonia’s capital shows what a Canadian city could be like

By Lethbridge Herald on September 27, 2023.


  Recently I visited my son and his family in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, I visit once a year and this time I noticed a few things that I should have caught before.

First, They have an abundance of parks along with state of the art playgrounds for  children and exercise areas for both children and adults and there was not a single person laying around spaced out  either on drugs or alcohol. I did not see a single homeless person.

 We went to a beach resort town and again there were only families and children in the parks whether downtown or elsewhere in town.

Second, all the manhole covers on streets were flush with the pavement. Imagine that, it can be done.

Third, all the traffic lights on the major routes in town after midnight are set at flashing amber. And finally all people living in Tallinn with a population of approximately  430.000 people are using the trams and buses free of charge, and you never have to wait more than 10 minutes.

All this in a country that only gained its independence from Russia in 1991 or 31 years ago.

Barney Feenstra


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sounds nice enough. but, i bet if we sent them just one of our politicians, from any party, the landscape would change in a flash.


Great letter – I agree on the lack of flashing lights here in Lethbridge. Does it cost more to use the flashing?

For some reason.. The Northside skate park has its many bright lights on all night (even at 3am). How many teenagers are skateboarding at this hour?!

And we pay the City thousands to have an Environmental department