Questions remain about council
The irony of it all — my great-grandfather fought at Batoche. They fought with Riel for rights and privileges of the people of the Northwest Territories. They lost — I won a fierce independence to make it on my own.
What bothers me is the situation on Riverside Drive. Now the Native Friendship Centre will be built on a flood plain, perhaps with no insurance or help from the government. There’s a name for this urban reservation.
The irony is my insurance on the house is going up close to $400. The reason? People of Alberta have to pay for the floods and the government is spending billions.
Someone insured those who build on a flood plain, someone gave permits. I am not trying to be callous or indifferent to the plight of others. I live 16 km from a river, not on a flood plain, yet my rates go up. Also Riel said my people will sleep for 100 years. Then they will rise up. The message is don’t accept less than the best for my people and for those to come. Do not let my people die in vain.
The irony of it all — my dog barked 3 times, I got a notice that the next time that happens, I am subject to a $250 fine. I have called the bylaw department about loud music and noise nine times and no fines and one warning. The RCMP did not hear the noise, and the animal service did not hear the barking. Different responses to each.
This council has not paid any attention to complaints from the citizens re: noise and vehicle noise bylaw has had no effect. How can you hear the car horn if your radio is so loud it is vibrating the walls and my truck, keeping us awake?
Several years ago, the RCMP would not give tickets for loud mufflers, etc., as we did not have the technology but now we have a noise bylaw, does this mean the officers patrolling the streets are deaf?
The irony of it all: this government’s response to health, education, etc. What is being offered to the nurses is a strike package. The nurses could strike due to all the losses and this government will mandate them back to work. And who will benefit in the end? The government will have neatly taken the focus of the colossal waste of Alberta Health Services and look like the heroes similar to what happened to the doctors.
Half-page ads, pre-election propaganda regarding what they were doing for the flood victims. Save that money, give to those who need it: the victims of the floods.
A recent Advocate introduced a new, refreshing candidate — a good old boy. With the municipal election coming up, remember the issues: bike lanes, buckets of money thrown to the museum, which will not allow community events to take place there. It’s a waste of taxpayers’ money for the mayor’s pet project. Vote and vote accordingly because when a minority make decisions with no input from the majority, we have lost our democratic right of freedom, much like the Metis from Batoche.