Saturday's letters: Green space for casino site

Saturday 15th February 2020

Can we please take a page out of Alldritt's book and provide sod and fencing on the downtown casino site instead of having yet another gravel lot in the core? Do we really need more parking, right on the heels of council motioning to eliminate parking minimums? And does anyone trust the term "temporary?"

Instead, why don't we have a "temporary" green space, something to bring life to the area. There are thousands of workers downtown that could fill the space at lunch, throw a ball around after work, and grab a bite from a food truck parked there.

Or, we could just maintain the status quo and have another eyesore that gets used once a week on game days. Twenty-dollar parking is a different green than I was hoping for.

Mark Winget, Edmonton

In appreciation of the Glenrose

I would like to give thanks to my current hospital care and therapies that I am receiving on Unit 3C at the Glenrose Hospital.

The doctors, nurses, therapists and all other persons give me excellent care and understanding.

Julie Bussiere, Edmonton

Pipeline erases Wet'suwet'en history

Re. "Chaos has come to Canada -- and it could get much worse," David Staples, Feb. 12

David Staples has missed the point of reconciliation, opposes the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and has missed that there has never been a treaty over Wet'suwet'en lands.

The Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs were plaintiffs on the Delgamuukw land claims case, which went to the Supreme Court, and established that aboriginal title remains over lands where no specific treaty extinguishes title.

They are the owners of the land, and neither the federal government nor British Columbia has meaningfully resolved how to jointly manage the lands which have never been ceded by the Wet'suwet'en chiefs.

I worked with Gitxsan and Wet'suwet'en chiefs and elders at the time of the Delgamuukw trial in the late 1980s, and continued my work over the years since.

I have enjoyed the salmon who rear just below Thautil and Gosnell Creeks on the Morice River. The owners of those specific territories have been fighting for years to halt the Coastal Gaslink project, which damages their lands and waters, and explicitly erases their history.

Canada does not look good in the eyes of the world when we ignore the obligations we have undertaken and negate the reparations for our past genocidal practices. Alberta voices that have understanding of these issues need to be heard.

Leslie Main Johnson, Edmonton

Protests holding nation hostage

I sell cars and January was a very slow month in Alberta. I have a few factory orders coming that would make February a good month. However, they get railed to Edmonton from Ontario and I guess I'm out of luck this month. The blockade will stop them from getting here. So instead of a good month, I'll eke out as good a month as I can. Thanks protesters.

How many others are losing out? How many businesses are not getting the stock they need? How many layoffs will happen because if you don't have anything to sell, you're not making any money and you can't afford to keep paying staff? Can people really block the trains and get away with it for any significant amount of time? Apparently, yes.

Who are they and why are they getting away with it? Holding a whole country hostage because they have nothing better to do with their time.

Seriously, Canada. Let's get those people off the tracks and get the trains running. It's a basic government responsibility and one we have every right to believe will be handled promptly and effectively. This country needs to work and that means the trains have to run. Now.

Gerald Ostlund, Edmonton

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