Ottawa may not accept the concept and value of national energy corridors, but Alberta and First Nations do.
Hopefully, the proposed Wawatewak pipeline corridor, from Alberta to Churchill, Man., to transport hydrogen to both rural communities and the export market, will join the existing First Nations pipeline collaboration with Enbridge, as well as the existing Coastal GasLink collaboration.
These are examples of what Ottawa could/should have been doing over the past 10 years to bolster our nation’s economy, strengthen our small isolated communities, improve our living standards and simultaneously target net-zero.
Bob Mackan, Strathmore
Streets aren’t for pedestrians
Once again I am dismayed by my fellow citizens who insist upon walking and running in the middle of our residential streets.
I understand in the pandemic we started to use our roadways as walking paths, but the pandemic has passed, thankfully.
We have sidewalks on either side of most roadways in residential areas specifically for the use of foot traffic so that the roadways are clear for the use of motor and cycle traffic.
Let’s get back to using our sidewalks.
Carol Mannas, Calgary
Enforce rules on private health care
Albertans have been forced to accept “For-profit” health-care lab services.
DynaLife has consistently refused to provide Albertans with acceptable and accessible lab testing services. As a for-profit private company with an exclusive contract to provide these lab services, they should be fined heavily for refusing these services as federally mandated equal treatment health-care services policy Canada.
In the United States, when you pay, you at least receive a health-care service.
Jennifer Benner, Calgary
City policy snarling traffic
When will the city reverse this ridiculous policy of delivery and synchronizing traffic lights? I have heard that it is to “calm the traffic.” It is certainly slowing down the traffic with the inevitable results of more congestion, frayed nerves, more fuel consumption, more pollution and longer commute times.
Is all of this supposed to be a good thing?
The traffic department needs to realize that it exists for the purposes of facilitating the movement of traffic throughout Calgary, nor to make driving in the city often unbearable and extremely stressful exercise.
Bill Stemp, Calgary
Energy transition needs dose of reality
It’s no wonder Albertans are worried about talk of having to accelerate the change in electricity generation from fossil fuels to renewables by 2030. We have a relatively small population (4.4 million) spread over a large area. We have one of the coldest climates of the 10 Canadian provinces.
Our electric grid is powered by 12 per cent coal, 73 per cent natural gas and only 13 per cent renewables. To transition entirely from fossil fuels, not only would we have to replace 85 per cent of our existing generating capacity, but we also have to almost triple that capacity to power the EV transition.
In only 12 years?
Someone has to get a grip on reality here and develop realistic, sensible plans for our clean energy future. Maybe 2050 is a realistic target after all.
D.R. Brown, Cochrane