Last Friday, I attended The Calgary Zoo’s Drag Dinner. It was wonderful, and I enjoyed watching Nada Nuff, Farrah Nuff, Tangerine Dream and King Neptune perform. These artists, from Hire Heels, were talented, kind and brought joy to all in attendance.
The residents of Fort Macleod who showed disrespect on social media and at the Empress Theatre on Saturday night can be rescued from their ignorance by most any dog, including mine. When she meets a new human, Maggie cares about only two things: Is this human kind and does this human bring joy to others?
Congratulations to the fine theatre professionals who kept the event going. I’ll be there to cheer you on at the next show.
Laurie Dolph, Calgary
Judges bring their own biases
Re: Liberals’ friends in high places, Opinion, Aug. 30
Opinion writer Tasha Kheiriddin laments that the Liberals are choosing judges who are Liberal supporters. The larger issue is the electorate thinks judges are unbiased, whereas governments know that judges base their rulings in part on their political beliefs. Anyone who has read a split decision of the Supreme Court of Canada knows the majority jurists point to the law that supports their position, and the minority jurists point to different sections of the law that support their decision.
Sorry to burst people’s idealistic view of the courts but, especially in rights cases, there is no clear cut “law” to determine the outcome.
The Americans know that laws are interpreted by judges based on political leanings, and hence are publicly vetted or voted in. It is time we do the same and put closed-door appointments behind us.
Jason New, Calgary
Water use tied to type of food produced
Re: Is agriculture sacrificed for oil?, Letters, Aug. 26
The above letter stated that “producers are struggling to find enough grass, water and feed for their cattle.” The real solution to water scarcity lies in agriculture — about 90 per cent of our global water footprint relates to food.
What is indisputable is that production of a meat-based diet consumes far, far more water as compared to a plant-based diet. Plant-based diets can reduce water consumption by up to 55 per cent. For example, a plant-based burger requires up to 87 per cent less water, 96 per cent less land and generates almost 90 per cent fewer emissions, according to Good Food Institute. Isn’t that everyone’s goal? Fewer emissions?
I’m not suggesting everyone switch to a plant-based diet. I am suggesting everyone eat less meat, much less. After all, as the writer states, “everyone is responsible for playing their part.”
Lisa Gliener, Calgary
Climate action is needed now
Re: Net-zero plan ‘ill-conceived’, Letters, Aug. 30
We recently drove until past midnight getting back home from West Kelowna, B.C. When we started out, the area of our B&B had been declared to be in danger from wildfires. We left 10 days ago. The evacuation alert was later expanded for parts of West Kelowna due to wind.
Unprecedented situations like this happen more often around the world now. The writer who claims the best way for Alberta to proceed is to pump as much oil and gas as we can and hope for better times is dangerous.
Readers who are still around in 2050 won’t be happy people unless the difficult task of greatly reducing our carbon emissions is soon tackled successfully.
Jim Kinnaird, Calgary