Letters from April 17: Changes to planning regulations benefit a small group

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So the city council decided to allow developers to go wild in downtown Edmonton. Relax regulations and zoning requirements to allow this relatively small group of people to capitalize on the council’s dream of a multi-family unit on every lot. Oh, just wait in the nice, cozy, mature neighborhoods towards the center of town. Not so much in areas outside the center of town. How long will it be before the city decides your property can hold two or three houses and asks you to pay property taxes as if the houses were there. It’s also interesting that this council is willing to bend over backwards to ease regulations and zoning for those developers building and moving forward. Edmonton is known as an anti-business city. Rezoning buildings that were already zoned for that use, regulations and delays of one or more years in obtaining a business permit are an important consideration for any business considering moving to Edmonton – businesses that would set up shop and provide employment (and pay taxes) for many years.

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(Changes to regulations will only make sense if they allow more young people to enter the housing market.)


Our (idiot) city council is so narrow-minded and out of touch. Blues On Whyte has spent a million dollars upgrading its hotel and bar and has fitted a beautiful spacious patio in place of an ugly parking lot. People enjoyed every night during our brief five month summer. One out of two bars has set up temporary patios to offer citizens and visitors a wonderful outdoor experience. Let Blues On Whyte keep Edmonton on the map. Our summer is too short for closed-mindedness. Rose… you rock.


(Sounds very appealing. I can’t imagine why it can’t go on.)


“It’s a rich man’s world” is more true than ever. Mr. Trudeau and Mrs. Freeland are both millionaires, so they don’t worry. Even when they retire from politics, they have a political pension, just like Mr. Singh. Taxes are rising while wages and pensions are static, but they gave themselves a raise. They are so proud of this budget, but when it fails, and it will, they will blame the NDP. He is not “Teflon Trudeau” for his past great performances. Zero emissions is currently a pipe dream, as heavy equipment and delivery vehicles would not have enough power to harvest, deliver or move the dirt needed for lithium. Things can be improved but not to zero. Electric cars are good for cities but not for rural or remote areas, not enough mileage per charge. Canada is slowly selling out. The new renewable energy products come from China. The oil is local. You are the judge.

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(With the salaries they earn, no wonder politicians are so out of touch.)


Just read David Smith’s letter (Speedy Visit, April 16) regarding photo radar. The old adage still applies. Don’t speed up and you won’t get a ticket. Photo radar is so obvious now that there’s no reason to get a ticket. The trucks are brightly colored with a flag and photo radar written directly on them. Intersections with cameras have signs telling you it’s there. If you get tickets every time you come to Edmonton, you should be more careful when driving. If you’re not careful when driving, should you be on the road? I’ve had six photo radar tickets since 1995 and they were all my fault for speeding. I decided in 1995 that it was better to spend my money on myself than to give it to the government, so I made the decision to slow down. If everyone obeyed the speed limit, there would be no reason for photo radar. I drive a 400hp SUV and a 480hp classic car. I just choose not to drive them fast on the road. So instead of complaining and blaming photo radar for costing you money when you come to Edmonton, slow down, obey the speed limit, and be careful when driving.

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(Ultimately, we are all responsible for our own actions.)


After a 10-year hibernation of Canadian politics, this adept political opportunist has shockingly awakened from a deep slumber. Jean Charest has a checkered history in politics, including a forced resignation after trying to interfere in the affairs of a Quebec Superior Court judge. He is also a political chameleon, shifting his political colors from a Progressive Conservative cabinet post to a long stint as provincial leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec. His appalling, unprovoked and unwarranted attack on Pierre Poilievre displays a blind lack of moral fiber while satiating his voracious appetite for political stardom. Albertans should bear in mind that Jean was an early player in the nascent environmental movement years ago, as he now professes loud and clear that he stands firmly on the side of the interests of the Western Canada. John, we haven’t asked you, don’t want you or need you and politely, but firmly, ask you to return to the perpetual slumber from which you emerged.

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David Hughes

(Another career politician who thinks he knows what’s best for Canadians.)


While I understand this will be a controversial review, it’s worth considering. The acknowledgment and attempt at reconciliation for the wrongdoings perpetrated by the Canadian government and the Catholic Church for the actions taken by previous generations towards First Nations peoples, while imperfect, are heartfelt. Throughout history, while many have been targeted for random reasons, those who have thrived have forgiven, not for their oppressor’s benefit, but for their own. Just say.


(That might be the end goal of this process.)

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