There’s something about the number seven, isn’t there? We have Canada’s famed landscape artists, the Group of Seven; the Magnificent Seven; and the Seven Dwarfs. About to join that collection of notables is Calgary’s newly inaugurated, seven-member Downtown Safety Leadership Table.
Given the current safety concerns in the core — 85 per cent of survey respondents report feeling unsafe walking downtown — the table folks have their work cut out for them. With a four-month window to identify and address the greatest threats to safety, they will offer “immediate opportunities to improve safety downtown.” Praise be. I feel safer already.
The manner of these improvements? The members will address inequities and affordability. They’ll also clean up graffiti. Their goal is to have more folks living downtown and others coming to visit. I’m feeling better and better.
Over the coming months, the tablemates will share their, predictably underwhelming, findings. Meanwhile, Calgarians will continue to experience escalating lawlessness and violence in the city. Nowhere more so than downtown. The inescapable reality is this: we have a broken legal system in this country. One that punishes no one but those who stand up for common sense, justice, and freedom.
Barbara Jessiman, Calgary
E. coli outbreak exposes food safety risks
Everyone who follows the news is aware of the recent E. coli outbreak linked to several Calgary daycares and the company whose kitchen had been providing their meals.
Apparently, the CDC investigates up to 36 outbreaks per week in the U.S., including those caused by the Shiga toxin-producing E. coli and other bacteria (such as salmonella), as well as viruses (such as hepatitis A).
It’s not just improperly cooked hamburger and chicken we need to be concerned about. When several investigative experts were asked, romaine lettuce, pre-packaged bagged salads and sprouts were foods they tended to avoid. But I won’t spoil it for you. Watch the Netflix documentary Poisoned to learn about problems with livestock farms and feedlots in close proximity to leafy green farms, food safety regulatory systems, testing protocols and enforcement of regulations.
Much more needs to be done to improve food safety.
Linda Roy, Calgary
Two sides to soldier’s story
The gaffe of the Speaker should be blamed on the lack of thorough vetting protocols for House-invited guest speakers — all members of the House that voted for the current one are to blame.
And Jaroslav Hunka should have alerted the Speaker about his wartime history. So far, there’s been no media coverage regarding whether he was forced or volunteered to serve the Nazi SS Galicia Division. Hunka was born around 1931 and his family likely endured starvation during the 1930s because of Stalin’s agricultural policies forcing Ukraine to “export” most of their crops to the rest of the Soviet Union.
I speculate that he and his family had mixed feelings about which army to serve during the Second World War. An article based on his side of the story would be in order.
Kurt J. Hansen, Calgary
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