Letters, Aug. 19: Compassion for susceptible residents needs to be in our DNA

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Re: Increase and bust is simply part of Calgary’s DNA, Opinion, Aug. 17

I used to be disgusted to learn Chris Nelson’s column claiming that housing is “United Nations Kool-Help” and thus not a human proper. The shortage of compassion required to gleefully deny housing in a metropolis with a local weather as harsh as Calgary’s is astonishing. Fundamental housing just isn’t akin to “a smartphone and designer denims.”

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No one is suggesting that we transfer of us with out houses into downtown highrises or mansions. Please, have perspective and compassion, particularly in an article the place you reward Calgary’s “hog of windfall,” (which, regardless of what chances are you’ll assume, just isn’t at all times good for everybody).

Subsequent time you meet one of many 2,782 Calgarians experiencing some type of homelessness, please shake their hand, look them within the eye, and say, “Hey, it’s simply Calgary.”

Dan Harrison, Calgary

Velocity up the vitality transition

Subsidizing or increasing fossil gas infrastructure in 2023 is a loss of life want. We’re already paying the worth for these firms’ reckless pursuit of revenue on the expense of individuals and the planet. This summer season ought to make it clear that our futures depend upon phasing out fossil fuels.

We should make polluters pay for a transition to a 100 per cent renewable energy system. It is going to be extra reasonably priced, dependable and resilient — and assist us flip the tide of local weather chaos earlier than it’s too late. 

It’s also a chance to do issues in a different way, reminiscent of give communities management over their very own vitality programs, respect Indigenous sovereignty, and serve the general public curiosity whereas producing a whole bunch of 1000’s of unionized jobs.

It won’t solely assist us keep away from catastrophic local weather change, but in addition pave the best way for a extra equitable future for all folks in Canada.

Jocelyn Beyea, Edmonton