Saturday’s Letters: Invest some of the budget surplus to house the homeless

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Given the $3.9 billion surplus announced by the UCP government, you would think they would ensure that only $11 million would be given to the City of Edmonton in operational financing for 453 homes for the homeless. Especially after Attorney General Tyler Shandro urged the city to come up with a concrete plan a few weeks ago.

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Clearly Alberta is awash with money, but none of it will protect the most vulnerable and ensure success in revitalizing downtown Edmonton.

Danielle Arrand, Edmonton

UCP policy prefers the affiliated

Regarding. “Treatment of NDP staff says a lot”, letters, June 28

In condemning the NDP, the author of this letter conveniently ignores all the things the UCP has done to abuse every Albertan. Their first act was to pour billions of our taxes into the pockets of the oil barons with no discernible benefit to the Albertans. That had resulted in an expected deficit in the latest budget of $20 billion before Putin pulled the UCP’s chestnuts out of the fire by invading Ukraine.

Contrast that with the NDP reducing the $11.5 billion deficit they inherited to $6 billion before being replaced by the “tax responsible” UCP. They did so through one of the worst oil crises in recent history and without cutting back on the public services we pay our taxes for. The fact is that this OHP government is so focused on privatizing our public services that they have lost sight of why we hired them in the first place.

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Their mandate was to use our taxes to administer our public services for the benefit of all Albertans, not just affiliates.

Allan Hayman, Edmonton

Bicycle lane project ignores residents

The city’s recent proposal to start a pilot project involving an additional bike path parallel to the north curb along 100 Avenue from 117 Street to 121 Street defies common sense. It blatantly shows utter disregard for the tax-paying residents who occupy the area and their expressed displeasure.

Please explain why this change is even a consideration. There is a current cycle path, there is a sidewalk through which pedestrian traffic therefore justifies the need for change. I’ve heard of pilot projects involving snow removal, now bike lanes and additional footpaths. Perhaps it’s time our city council ran a pilot program within chambers in an effort to rationalize their decision-making.

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If advanced thorough research was carried out taking all aspects into account, including weather conditions, some of the conclusions drawn could perhaps be reversed.

Garry Acres, Edmonton

‘Mandatory’ mask rule must be enforced

Before attending Tuesday night’s Hamilton performance, I had received the advice in multiple formats, including an email, a message on the actual virtual ticket, a large message when you entered the theater, and two verbal announcements before and during intermission. that masking would be mandatory. Despite this, there was maybe 50 percent masking.

I called the Jubilee Auditorium today and was told they couldn’t enforce the rule because it wasn’t a law, just a Broadway Across America “recommendation”. No, it was not a recommendation; the message was loud and clear – it was mandatory. And how hypocritical, Jubilee had no problem enforcing the mandatory baggage check at the door, which was also a Broadway Across America requirement, also unenforceable by law.

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I fully realize that masking in Edmonton is optional and whether or not I mask is my choice, but when an event is labeled a mask mandatory, I expect the facility to enforce it.

Alison Stephens, Edmonton

Stadium concession prices appreciated

Thanks to the City of Edmonton and Commonwealth Stadium for keeping the cost of food and drink low during the Garth Brooks concert. Compared to the other great hall in this city, the cost was a whopping 25 percent cheaper and the price break was appreciated in these difficult economic times.

Danny Merkowsky, Edmonton

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