We don’t need to encourage pot odours
Cannabis smokers can always live elsewhere
Re: “Pot smokers will get public zones” and “Careless cigarette disposal common thread in rash of fires,” June 26.
Why does Calgary think it is so critical to give cannabis smokers designated areas to consume?
The dangers of smoking (whether tobacco or cannabis) noted in these two articles — careless disposal of butts and hazardous second-hand smoke — will remain regardless of whether public pot smoking is permitted.
The province has already proposed that smoking and vaping in public will fall under existing tobacco laws, and there’s to be no smoking or vaping in vehicles, including among passengers.
As for the bleeding-heart issue of where residents in non-smoking multi-family units can legally smoke pot, it’s simple. If they smoke at all, they’ll have to find other accommodations or other places to smoke.
Rose Lynn Petty, Calgary
City pensions can’t be defended
Re: “Council’s pension plan taking too much cash from taxpayers,” June 20.
The mayor consistently says that city council’s pension plan is in line with the majority of pensions.
That may be true for public service and unions, but in the private sector, the standard is at most matching contributions in a defined contribution plan. That would be deemed to be fair, your worship.
A plan to get Alberta oil moving
Re: “Horgan’s trade strutting smells of hypocrisy,” Chris Nelson, Opinion, June 28.
I have a sinking feeling that the federal government is going to let the twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline languish in permitting limbo.
It will collect the revenue from the existing pipeline and pay off the mortgage. This will leave Alberta in an economic ghetto.
I suggest the following action plan: I would ask Premier Rachel Notley to direct Kinder Morgan, while it still owns the pipeline and Alberta has some say, to schedule more bitumen through it.
Alberta should buy the Port of Churchill in Manitoba and the associated railway in communion with the Indigenous groups already working on that plan.
This would give Alberta a corridor to a deep water port and international customers.
Lastly, the nuclear option. Small, modular nuclear reactors, as an adjunct to the oil industry, would consolidate Alberta’s position as a provider of environmentally friendly energy.
John Gandecki, Calgary
Educate smokers about the danger of fires
Re: “Careless cigarette disposal common thread in rash of fires,” June 26.
It’s hard to figure out why there have been little or no attempts to educate smokers about the safe disposal of cigarettes.
Ten out of 17 serious house and condo fires in Calgary were caused by smokers, putting hundreds of other people out of their homes.
Wild fires are caused by smokers every year around the province.
The campaign for “Don’t drink and drive,” the cancer warnings on cigarette packages and other public education projects are seen and heard. It’s time that someone came out with some catchy advertisements across all media directed at smokers.
We know by now that you can’t just tell smokers to properly dispose of their smoking materials. Give them some ideas of how they can put out their butts when they’re driving, without throwing them out the window.
Give them some information about what they can do on their patios and condo balconies so that plant pots are not used. Speaking of pot — there’s those people to consider too!
Marilee Sharpe, Calgary
Objections to fluoride are all wet
Re: “Fluoride already in our water,” Letter, June 29.
Adjusting the fluoride level of the water is ethical.
First, Calgary residents cannot sensibly object to ingesting fluoride; they are already doing so because fluoride naturally exists in Calgary water.
Adjusting the levels from 0.4 parts per million to 0.7 is minor, and yet has significant health benefits for everyone and harms no one.
Second, objecting individuals are like people objecting to chlorination; they are objecting to an improvement in their quality of life.
Third, they have democratically elected representatives who can hear and weigh their opinions as they make a decision in the public interest.
Have you noticed that objecting adults write about what they want, not about what children need?
Ian Mitchell, Calgary
Ian Mitchell is a clinical professor of pediatrics.
Carelessness puts city workers at risk
Re: “Blue bin pickup delayed after fire at recycling facility, June 28.
I think people who put compressed gas cylinders — such as propane tanks — flammable chemicals and automotive batteries into blue bins just don’t care, and should be fined.
A city worker should not be put at risk of injury or death because of the apathy of a minority of our citizens. I wonder if sensors could be installed to reduce the risk to our city workers.
Brian O’Reilly, Calgary
Feeling all warm and cosy
Re: “Why only Saskatchewan calls hooded sweatshirts bunny hugs,” June 28.
Not to date myself, but in Edmonton in the 1970s, we called them kangaroo jackets.
Kelly McCormack, Calgary
Perhaps drop-in-centre should be relocated
Re: “Historic hotel to be revived as live music venue,” June 9.
With the new master plan being discussed for the Victoria Park area, isn’t it time the elephant in the room was discussed?
I’m referring to the Calgary Drop-In Centre — something that is out of place and does much to detract from the area and the safety people feel.
It is not a politically correct subject, but it is about time this was looked at seriously and plans to relocate it were formulated.
John Ragan, Sr., Calgary
U.S. border checks are too intrusive
My grandson crossed into the U.S. by car last weekend. He and his wife had their phones searched by U.S. border agents.
Today, I abandoned plans to attend the most prestigious world conference on pain management in Boston in September, partly because I want no part of Donald Trump’s America, but in the end, because I will not be hassled and subjected to the whims of some U.S. border agent.
There is nothing on my phone or iPad that could concern anyone, but it’s a point of principle.
It is atrocious that a Canadian citizen, in Canada, could be subject to an American border agent’s intrusive, unwarranted, inquiries.
James Currie, MD, Calgary