Letters, Nov. 4: Injecting politics into well being care places Albertans in danger

Letters, Nov. 4: Injecting politics into well being care places Albertans in danger

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Re: Medical officer’s powers in well being emergency reduce; Invoice 6 makes future restrictions a provincial cupboard resolution, Nov. 3

As everyone knows MLAs could come from any walks of life. Our authorities is about to nominate all of them with public well being levels and so they can now bypass the chief medical officer’s recommendation. How can we count on a layperson to interpret the standard and nuances of a medical examine?

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That is really a cave-in to the right-wing factions of the UCP and must be an alarm to us all.

George Gish, Claresholm

Time for metropolis to rein in spending

Re: Authorities spending is hobbling Canada’s inflation battle, Nov. 1

I totally agree with Tiff Macklem urging elected officers to think about the inflationary penalties of their spending plans, as rising authorities spending does the other of what the central financial institution is making an attempt to do. Municipal in addition to federal and provincial governments must rein of their spending.

Please present suggestions to your metropolis councillor concerning the upcoming Metropolis of Calgary 2024 funds. Now just isn’t the time to extend spending on the backs of households making an attempt to handle inflation. Now could be the time to postpone among the good however costly initiatives, such because the Foothills Fieldhouse till inflation will get again underneath management.

Creating a brand new taxpayer-borne fund for capital price escalations is precisely what town shouldn’t be doing, versus discovering methods to remain throughout the funds by way of efficiencies and deferrals.

Martin Bates, Calgary

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A warning on baggage charges

On a latest flight from Calgary to Comox, I had an expertise that was type of surprising and now surprise how far this may go.

WestJet will typically advise travellers {that a} flight is full and you may come ahead and examine your carry-on totally free. On this latest flight, they went a step additional. When sufficient folks didn’t reply to the request, they introduced they wanted about 10 extra passengers to return ahead. They warned if no person did, they’d be measuring baggage and when you didn’t meet the dimensions restrict, you’ll be charged baggage charges as a substitute of no cost.

As an inducement to examine your bag, they supplied anyone who got here ahead the power to board early with the pre-boarding and Westjet reward flyers.

Gary Allard, Calgary

Pension ‘info’ don’t add up

I do know that info simply muddle a superb brouhaha, nonetheless once I acquired my UCP pension postcard within the mail final week, my bovine excrement meter zoomed previous the complete mark. The opening line states, “larger wages has resulted in Albertans overcontributing roughly $60 billion into the Canada Pension Plan, in comparison with the advantages given again to Albertans.”

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In all the propaganda (from each side) I’ve but to see the time period YMPE. The Yearly Most Pensionable Incomes for 2023 is $66,600. That implies that an individual in Alberta making $125k per 12 months pays the identical CPP contributions as a Bay Road banker making $700,000 per 12 months.

As for “advantages given again to Albertans” — I suppose it relies on the place you reside once you retire, doesn’t it? If I resolve I need to transfer again to the Rock and hunt moose, my CPP advantages simply left Alberta. Maybe I resolve that Costa Rica is extra my velocity. A measly $1,000 per thirty days pension earnings is all that’s required to fulfill the necessities of the Pensionado Residency Class. Sure, the Canada Pension Plan will mail or direct deposit your cash nearly wherever on this planet.

In any case, it’s your cash, not the federal government’s.

Roy Nesbitt, Calgary

In defence of an APP

I wish to problem readers against an Alberta pension plan to learn by way of the 95-page LifeWorks report. Then we will start to have a dialog based mostly on info.

It’s additionally useful for folks to learn the pertinent sections of the Canada Pension Plan Act to see what the formulation is for yourselves, after which take a look on the Canadian Tax Federation’s report on CPP web contributions for the 10-year interval from 2008 to 2017, conserving in thoughts that CPP didn’t begin accumulating an funding fund till 1997 — earlier than that it was pay as you go.

To provide you a short overview, the first web contributors in the course of the 10-year interval had been: B.C. $5 billion; Ontario $7.5 billion; and Alberta $27.9 billion.

I’ll let the readers calculate the person provincial percentages.

Orin Grovum, Calgary

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