Calgary Herald letters for April 12: Legislation to control federal funding applauded and condemned

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Re: New legislation would require provincial approval for federal funding agreements, April 11

It’s about time the “stay in your lane” legislation is tabled. Right on cue, Mayor Jyoti Gondek cries foul and states that the province should replace the $6 billion the feds are inducing the city with.

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The mayor obviously never studied political science or was absent from class. Calgary is a creature of the province. The buck stops (or starts) in Edmonton.

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Former premier Jason Kenney sent a clear message to Calgary and council in 2019: “Get your house in order.” They did not. This is the next step.

Remember, there is only one taxpayer.

Tom Kent, Calgary

Premier’s posturing hurts more than helps

Premier Danielle Smith refers to federal government “meddling.” According to Smith, “The legislation would also prevent taxpayers dollars from being wasted on duplicate programs in areas like dental care or school lunch programs.”

I don’t know about dental care but I do know about kids’ lunches. I volunteer to make thousands of lunches for kids and our organization was ecstatic to hear the federal funding announcement, since our revenue is presently based on corporate donations and fundraising.

Maybe our premier would like to come and pack some lunches any morning of the week rather than picking fights with the feds.

Rob Butler, Calgary

Gas price crusaders miss the point

The week before April 1, gasoline prices shot up by eight to 10 cents per litre. Not one affordability-crusading politician protested the increase. On April 1, Alberta increased its gasoline tax by four cents. No political crusader expressed concern about the effect on affordability.

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Also on April 1, a well-publicized three-cent-a-litre carbon tax — which will be rebated to taxpayers whose provincial governments have not developed their own emissions-reduction policies — has inflamed critics. They protest and blaspheme the prime minister while marching in their three-penny crusades.

In total, gasoline prices in Alberta have increased by up to 17 cents per litre in just two weeks. Three cents of the increase is a carbon tax rebated to taxpayers. Yet it is the rebated three cents per litre that is the budget-buster to political affordability crusaders?

Does humanity have a chance of surviving the dramatic changes in our environment when we are surrounded by logic-defying politicians? Three pennies for your thoughts.

Florence Rachansky, Calgary

Blanket zoning replaces order with chaos

The second law of thermodynamics states that the entropy (disorder) of the universe is increasing. While there are local and temporary decreases in entropy, such as life rising from the earth, overall the law states we tend toward disorder.

Let’s not speed up this disorder with this blanket zoning concept. It is like breaking an egg.

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Once you destroy zoning (order), you can’t bring it back, at least not easily. So, please, modify zoning appropriately but with great care. Do not destroy it.

Support order, not chaos. The universe is watching.

Cameron O’Rourke, Calgary

Hypocrisy in provincial governments

In every walk of life, there are people who insist on subservience from their subordinates but don’t see any need to abide by rules established by those to whom they report.

Provincial premiers are quite willing to challenge the federal government but insist on complete authority over municipal governments. Ontario Premier Doug Ford went so far as threatening to use the notwithstanding clause to dictate the numbers of city councillors in Toronto where he had lost a mayoralty election.

It seems every week that some premier is threatening to ignore federal regulations while simultaneously restricting the autonomy of municipal governments and school boards.

David Steele, Regina

Fatal dog attack requires response

The recent fatal dog attack on an 11-year-old boy in Edmonton has shocked the community and highlighted the need for stricter regulations on pet ownership.

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The details surrounding this devastating incident underscore the importance of responsible pet ownership and the enforcement of comprehensive bylaws to ensure public safety. It is deeply concerning that despite previous complaints, these dogs were allowed to remain in a situation where they posed a threat.

I urge city council to implement stricter bylaws governing pet ownership, including mandatory training and licensing requirements. Additionally, there must be stricter enforcement measures to ensure compliance and hold people accountable.

Let us honour the memory of Kache Grist by taking decisive action to prevent similar incidents in the future. Our children deserve to feel safe in their own neighbourhoods, and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that they do.

Kalim Ahmed, Calgary

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