Letters: Alberta has larger points than pension plan

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I’m making an attempt to maintain an open, logical thoughts concerning the Alberta authorities’s initiative to create a provincial pension plan.

I’ve executed the survey, learn many views within the Herald, listened to radio phone-ins and responded to suggestions from associates in different provinces. The large publicity marketing campaign to advertise the initiative is, in itself, worrisome.

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There are extra essential issues going through Alberta akin to housing, the restructuring of AHS and the opioid disaster that demand centered consideration.

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The federal authorities could very nicely change with a Conservative on the helm. So, I say go away nicely sufficient alone, an adage my mom taught me.

Mary Montomery, Calgary

A name for higher habit companies

As Mount Royal College college students, we categorical our deep concern arising from our examination of drug insurance policies in Canada.

Our research have illuminated the deficiencies within the present method, notably evident in Calgary the place the absence of harm-reduction companies and a hazardous drug provide have contributed to a staggering 21 per cent enhance in deaths, totalling 1,104 within the first seven months of the yr in contrast with the identical interval final yr. This prompts us to urgently advocate for enhanced harm-reduction and drug remedy companies as a part of the continuing health-care reform in Alberta.

A obvious difficulty in Calgary is the shortage of supervised consumption companies, essential for providing addicts a safe house to make use of medication with out the danger of poisoning. Town grapples with a dangerous drug provide, resulting in elevated overdoses.

Calgary should tackle this disaster by increasing supervised consumption websites past the lone facility on the Sheldon M. Chumir Well being Centre. Whereas the present web site gives a sterile surroundings and help companies, the inherent threat lies in customers bringing their very own medication from unreliable road sources. With out a protected provide and complete harm-reduction companies, addicts stay susceptible to overdose and loss of life.

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Calgary should lead with compassion, prioritizing hurt discount to construct a safer, more healthy and extra compassionate metropolis. Our collective dedication to evidence-based insurance policies, elevated sources and group schooling can pave the way in which for a safer future for all residents.

Aiden Gow, Temka Batdelger, Zac Siudy, Brandon Ting

Mount Royal College

Hold well being care out of politicians’ arms

Think about going to the hospital for a medical emergency and having them say, “We can not begin remedy with out the approval of politicians and those that imagine in unscientific conspiracy theories.”

Ridiculous, however that is what Preston Manning suggests ought to occur when the following pandemic arrives.

It appears he and Premier Danielle Smith are pandering to the anti-vax/freedom convoy anarchists who threatened health-care employees, laid siege to Ottawa, closed border crossings and clearly don’t have any understanding of historical past, the legislation and, particularly, science. His suggestions, if adopted, will assure that when the following pandemic arrives, our health-care system can be overwhelmed and all Albertans will endure due to the irresponsibility of the misinformed.

Manning’s money and time would have been higher spent making an attempt to grasp why so many individuals succumbed to web trolls selling nonsense.

Bruce A. McFaul, Calgary

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