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Cold hard facts: The bottom line

Strathcona-Sherwood Park MLA Nate Glubish’s column in The News’ Jan. 29 edition just boggles my mind.

The only people that will benefit from Kenney’s cancellation of the Coal Policy will be the coal companies. When Peter Lougheed implemented the Coal Policy he said that the beauty of this province and the eastern slopes would not be destroyed to satisfy Ontario’s desire for cheap electricity which is documented in the Hassard, October 14, 1976 starting at 1339. Yet the Kenney government is willing to destroy the beauty of this province to allow Australian companies to prosper. You read that right — Australian companies.  And if that doesn’t worry – you consider the water you drink. The effects on water will be felt downstream by an estimated 1.4 million Albertans.

Truly mind-boggling.

I encourage everyone to do their own research. This can not be undone once they begin to mine, the damage will be done. You can’t replace a mountain top. You can’t replace the beauty of this province with a coal mine.

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Jason Kenney is no Peter Lougheed. Lougheed prepared Alberta for a changing future.

Kenney is destroying Alberta for the future we face now.

— Edna Dach, Ardrossan

Re: “Coal Hard Facts” opinion column by local MLA Nate Glubish in The News’ Jan. 29 edition

Donald Trump may have been defeated, but his legacy of misinformation is alive and well in our own UCP.

Witness, MLA Nate Glubish’s misleading defence of the UCP’s cancellation of the Lougheed government’s Coal Policy.

Glubish and his colleagues claim to have demolished several myths about the coal policy, while promoting untruths in their stead. They claim that the Coal Policy, which has clearly stood the test of time, is “outdated and new environmental policies and land use planning have taken its place to better protect our air, water, land and wild species”, without a shred of real evidence to support that claim and plenty to deny it.

How do you square mountain top removal with that assertion? What about the predictable pollution of downstream waters from extensive open-pit coal mining?

Glubish’s response: selenium isn’t mentioned in the Coal Policy!

As for the claim that coal mining employs thousands, it’s as bogus as the rest. Fewer than 2,000 Albertans earn their living from coal mining, a fraction of the jobs available from investments in renewable energy, without the threat to our water supply and our pristine and irreplaceable foothill and mountain wilderness.

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Anyone who wants the real “coal facts” will seek them on websites like that of the Alberta Wilderness Association and not from a backward-looking government that displays such little respect for the truth.

— Peter Puxley, Sherwood Park

Re: ‘The Pointe’: Multi-Purpose Ag Facility rebranded” in The News’ Jan. 22 edition

What a relief!

I was so afraid council might not be focused on the important issues surrounding the Multi-Purpose Agriculture Facility, including the loss of farmland, the risk to Point-aux-Pins Creek and its wildlife corridor, and the ballooning and uncertain costs. But thank goodness, they’ve settled on a name.

“The Pointe” has a less pejorative sound than the Horse Palace, doesn’t it? But maybe that was the point?

Trying to be heard by this council has always been a challenge. They’ve discounted residents who speak up. They’ve ignored their own Agricultural Master Plan. They’ve glossed over the impact that economic realities, the pandemic, and slowing population growth will have on major projects, relying instead on assumptions and wishful thinking.

They don’t deserve to have their bad decisions lost to history. They deserve to be replaced in October.

— Lois Gordon, Bremner

Thank you Strathcona County!

The County deserves a huge thank you for opening up the Broadmoor Golf Course to the public this winter. We have this fabulous gem in the middle of Sherwood Park that’s literally been unused for six months of the year until this year!

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There are six kilometres of bladed walking paths, three kilometres of professionally groomed cross-country ski trails, three toboggan hills, as well as snowshoe trails. Grooming is done three times a week; it just doesn’t get better than that. Oh, except it’s all free to use and is the public ever utilizing this facility.
I walk the six-kms every day, as do many others. As each day goes by, the facility is getting busier. During my one hour and 10-minute walk on Jan. 31, I encountered 126 other people on the course, even though it was -9C. There were six snowshoers, 26 skiers, about 20 sledders and the rest were walkers.
I think this is an amazing use of our golf course in winter. And the washrooms in the clubhouse are open, I expect with the growing public utilization of the course, the Club House might even be open if it weren’t for the COVID restrictions.
Maybe next year, when hopefully the county does the same with the course. One positive thing about the pandemic restrictions is that more people are experiencing the outdoors, which I really think will continue in future years.
To the county, thank you!
Oh, one additional thank you: the Christmas light displays around Broadmoor Lake and the County Hall were phenomenal. I hope you didn’t miss them.

— Terry Fikowski, Sherwood Park

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