Re: the newly formed Diversity Inclusion Task Force
If there’s one thing we’re shrouded in now, it’s socialism, in all its forms. It’s always presented as ‘the hand-up’, but we only need look to our immediate neighbours to the south to see the results, what it does to a people, and whole societies.
Their doctrines divide us with identity politics, baseless platitudes and misinformation about (in)equality, opportunity, racism and climate. They turn a cheek and ‘bend a knee’ to rioting in our streets, and prey upon the division, animosity and resentment they drive and need to gain control.
And they’re here, amongst us, and will soon be at your doorstep, election campaigning.
In response to “the newly formed Diversity Inclusion Task Force” announcement, I wrote to Mayor Tyler Gandam expressing concern, and asked:
- Who is it that doesn’t feel welcome in our city?
- When did this begin, and where this is happening?
- Who are the underserved; what city services (presumably) are being denied, and by whom?
- And who, specifically, doesn’t have “equitable and safe access to spaces” in Wetaskiwin”? What spaces do people feel excluded from?
My questions went unanswered while wonderful and expensive facilities sit closed, services (e.g. our Library) remain reduced or worse, like our Archives, shamelessly cancelled.
I further suggested, if Council really cared about the citizens of Wetaskiwin, about our physical and mental health, and about community, they might instead concentrate on what we actually do need; getting people back to work, play, sport, school, church and clubs; the tried and true, fair and uplifting foundations of our miraculous human advancement.
Fellow Wetaskiwin citizens; if you’d prefer effectively delivered and managed community core services, and timely Minutes and Budgets, over a Council now seemingly obsessed with sexual and identity politics, fanning division, grievance and victimization, and who intend to interfere with how we relate to each other (“recommendations that will be adopted by our citizens, City Administration, Council and local businesses”), be sure to let them know!
Kenneth J. Clark
Editor’s Note: Last year, the City of Wetaskiwin opted to close the City Archives for one year to assess the collection before making a decision on how to manage it and where to house it.
The closed facilities are closed based on Alberta Health Services and Provincial Government mandates to slow the spread of COVID-19.