Re: Major makeover envisioned for Glenmore Landing; Transit access, nearby features make it an ideal residential site, says Richard White, Opinion, Oct. 7
I was born in Calgary and have seen some horrendous development from past city councils. Thank goodness they eventually stopped tearing down sandstone buildings and realized we need to protect our historic buildings. While it’s time to densify the city housing, it’s not time to destroy parkland that the developers need for this project.
Richard White’s column noted that the number of floors for this new residential project is “still to be determined” but “could be around 20-plus.” The City of Calgary signs at Glenmore Landing stated “a maximum building height of 115 metres, about 34 to 36 storeys.”
The project will also see another three towers (mixed-use) with up to 17 storeys. The towers will shadow the community of Bayview in the morning and the community of Haysboro in the evening.
This project includes tearing down the current buildings that have been there since 1985 and are still in great shape. Will we need another landfill for all the construction garbage from just one site? How environmentally responsible is that?
One major thing that White forgot to mention is that this development is not affordable housing because they will be starting with luxury condos. RIOCAN has their head office in Toronto. Do they get to decide on how Calgary will densify?
Betty Bourque, Calgary
Child-care costs out of control
I would like to know who these lucky parents are who pay $15 per day for child care in Alberta?
Currently, wait lists are hundreds of children long at every daycare I have reached out to, and I feel extremely lucky to have a secure spot in a facility for my elementary-aged child. Last year, I paid $625 per month for child care (not including the additional I had to pay for Christmas break, spring break and summer break), and this year I am paying $725 per month. This is for care that amounts to an average of two hours per day as my child is in school for most of the day.
Inflation has hit the child-care industry hard and there seems to be no stopping the constant increases.
April Page, Calgary
Simple solution to sign clutter
Re: Calgary looking at bolstering enforcement, fines against illegally placed signs, Oct. 9
Here’s a cheap and simple solution. Put a bounty on any illegal signs that are put on a boulevard and allow anyone to collect them. They then get a food gift card or a pass to the leisure centre. Two problems solved. The city would not have to hire more people and it frees up the bylaw department. It would cost the city very little compared to hiring people to do it.
The problem would go away very quickly when the businesses see the signs gone.
Randy Chomistek, Calgary
New plan needed for addictions
Anyone who works in the Beltline can attest to the rampant social disorder that is now so disturbingly commonplace in our city. Is it no longer a crime to do illegal drugs on the street? EMS is overrun, as are police, and the safe injection site at Sheldon Chumir serves to normalize the behaviour.
We should start ticketing drug users with enforced treatment as a penalty. Treatment could be based on a combination of manual labour to encourage self-worth, and skill development as therapy to heal. Teach life skills, addiction coping skills, mental-health skills and trade skills, so that a real lifestyle change can occur.
How much more would it cost than what we are spending now for EMS, CPS and the safe injection site? The current approach is not working. I think there is compassion in the “penalty” of enforced treatment.
Bronwyn Goodfellow, Calgary
Mideast strife must come to an end
As a Muslim and living in this peaceful country, I feel ashamed that my fellow religionists killed more than 1,200 civilians in Israel. No matter what atrocities the Israeli government has meted out to the Gazans, killing innocent people cannot be justified.
I hope the Israeli government does not carry out their provocative announcement to flatten the Gaza enclave so that their future generation will not forget. Moreover, the world should also recognize that under the Geneva Convention, the occupying power should not amalgamate the conquered territory into their own country.
We have been talking about the two-state solution for more than 20 years and the time has come for the Israelis and Palestinians to come to some agreement on giving the Palestinians a majority of the West Bank to create their own country. The Israelis and the Arabs cannot live in peace without giving the Palestinians their land, which Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin had agreed with the Palestinians.
Ash Khan, Calgary
No risk in exploring pension plan
The world coming out of COVID seems to be fear-based and Albertans are no exception. What could possibly be the harm in exploring a pension plan designed for Albertans?
Alberta used to be a province of independent free-thinkers who embraced risk. Now, if the NDP and Liberals have their way, Alberta will just become another province dependent on government handouts.
Please give the elected government of Alberta the chance to put something forward that may benefit all Albertans. There is no risk in that.
Jim Stuart, Calgary
CPP is working perfectly well
I was pleased to read the letter from Richard Quinlan of Lethbridge explaining why he felt bewildered, confounded, dumbfounded, perplexed, flummoxed and flabbergasted by the recent actions of our Alberta government. He can be sure that he is not alone.
Especially with the plan (?) to withdraw from the CPP in favour of forming an APP. I don’t really think they have considered thoroughly enough the contortions necessary to unwind and remove hundreds of billions of dollars from one plan to create another.
If they truly wish to establish an APP, undertake the possibility of doing that but not at the expense of dumping the CPP, which has been one of the most successful pension plans for many years.
Diane Chalupiak, Calgary