Letters, Oct. 14: Glenmore Touchdown growth plan is flawed

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Re: Main makeover envisioned for Glenmore Touchdown; Transit entry, close by options make it a great residential web site, says Richard White, Opinion, Oct. 7

I used to be born in Calgary and have seen some horrendous growth from previous metropolis councils. Thank goodness they finally stopped tearing down sandstone buildings and realized we have to defend our historic buildings. Whereas it’s time to densify the town housing, it’s not time to destroy parkland that the builders want for this venture.  

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Richard White’s column famous that the variety of flooring for this new residential venture is “nonetheless to be decided” however “could possibly be round 20-plus.” The Metropolis of Calgary indicators at Glenmore Touchdown said “a most constructing top of 115 metres, about 34 to 36 storeys.”

The venture will even see one other three towers (mixed-use) with as much as 17 storeys. The towers will shadow the group of Bayview within the morning and the group of Haysboro within the night. 

This venture contains tearing down the present buildings which have been there since 1985 and are nonetheless in nice form. Will we want one other landfill for all the development rubbish from only one web site? How environmentally accountable is that? 

One main factor that White forgot to say is that this growth shouldn’t be inexpensive housing as a result of they are going to be beginning with luxurious condos. RIOCAN has their head workplace in Toronto. Do they get to determine on how Calgary will densify? 

Betty Bourque, Calgary

Baby-care prices uncontrolled

I wish to know who these fortunate dad and mom are who pay $15 per day for little one care in Alberta?

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At the moment, wait lists are tons of of youngsters lengthy at each daycare I’ve reached out to, and I really feel extraordinarily fortunate to have a safe spot in a facility for my elementary-aged little one. Final 12 months, I paid $625 per thirty days for little one care (not together with the extra I needed to pay for Christmas break, spring break and summer time break), and this 12 months I’m paying $725 per thirty days. That is for care that quantities to a median of two hours per day as my little one is in class for many of the day.

Inflation has hit the child-care trade onerous and there appears to be no stopping the fixed will increase.

April Web page, Calgary

Easy resolution to signal litter

Re: Calgary taking a look at bolstering enforcement, fines towards illegally positioned indicators, Oct. 9

Right here’s an affordable and easy resolution. Put a bounty on any unlawful indicators which can be placed on a boulevard and permit anybody to gather them. They then get a meals present card or a go to the leisure centre. Two issues solved. Town wouldn’t have to rent extra folks and it frees up the bylaw division. It will value the town little or no in comparison with hiring folks to do it.

The issue would go away in a short time when the companies see the indicators gone.

Randy Chomistek, Calgary

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New plan wanted for addictions

Anybody who works within the Beltline can attest to the rampant social dysfunction that’s now so disturbingly commonplace in our metropolis. Is it not against the law to do unlawful medication on the road? EMS is overrun, as are police, and the secure injection web site at Sheldon Chumir serves to normalize the behaviour.

We must always begin ticketing drug customers with enforced remedy as a penalty. Remedy could possibly be primarily based on a mix of guide labour to encourage self-worth, and talent growth as remedy to heal. Educate life expertise, habit coping expertise, mental-health expertise and commerce expertise, in order that an actual way of life change can happen.

How rather more would it not value than what we’re spending now for EMS, CPS and the secure injection web site? The present strategy shouldn’t be working. I feel there may be compassion within the “penalty” of enforced remedy.

Bronwyn Goodfellow, Calgary

Mideast strife should come to an finish

As a Muslim and dwelling on this peaceable nation, I really feel ashamed that my fellow religionists killed greater than 1,200 civilians in Israel. It doesn’t matter what atrocities the Israeli authorities has meted out to the Gazans, killing harmless folks can’t be justified.

I hope the Israeli authorities doesn’t perform their provocative announcement to flatten the Gaza enclave in order that their future era won’t neglect. Furthermore, the world also needs to acknowledge that beneath the Geneva Conference, the occupying energy mustn’t amalgamate the conquered territory into their very own nation. 

We’ve got been speaking in regards to the two-state resolution for greater than 20 years and the time has come for the Israelis and Palestinians to return to some settlement on giving the Palestinians a majority of the West Financial institution to create their very own nation. The Israelis and the Arabs can not dwell in peace with out giving the Palestinians their land, which Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin had agreed with the Palestinians.

Ash Khan, Calgary

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No threat in exploring pension plan

The world popping out of COVID appears to be fear-based and Albertans are not any exception. What may presumably be the hurt in exploring a pension plan designed for Albertans? 

Alberta was once a province of unbiased free-thinkers who embraced threat. Now, if the NDP and Liberals have their manner, Alberta will simply grow to be one other province depending on authorities handouts.

Please give the elected authorities of Alberta the prospect to place one thing ahead which will profit all Albertans. There isn’t any threat in that. 

Jim Stuart, Calgary

CPP is working completely properly

I used to be happy to learn the letter from Richard Quinlan of Lethbridge explaining why he felt bewildered, confounded, dumbfounded, perplexed, flummoxed and flabbergasted by the latest actions of our Alberta authorities. He can ensure that he’s not alone.

Particularly with the plan (?) to withdraw from the CPP in favour of forming an APP. I don’t actually assume they’ve thought of completely sufficient the contortions essential to unwind and take away tons of of billions of {dollars} from one plan to create one other.

If they honestly want to set up an APP, undertake the potential for doing that however not on the expense of dumping the CPP, which has been one of the profitable pension plans for a few years.

Diane Chalupiak, Calgary

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