LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Granny suites are not forever Re: “Proposal calls for civil servants to decide on secondary suites,” Dec. 7.
My wife and I scrimped and saved for years to be able to buy into a nice neighbourhood that was zoned R-1.
Granny suites to help out relatives are great, except that after the need for a granny suite is done, the zoning exemption doesn’t change back, and eventually, when the house is sold, you will end up with absentee landlords who don’t care about the neighbourhood.
Maybe if the secondary suite status was reviewed say every five years, and changed back when they weren’t needed as granny suites, there would be less opposition to them in established R-1 areas. Paul Seaman, Calgary
It’s the gangs that should be targeted Re: “Feds on mark with urban gun ban,” Nov. 4.
The first sentence is, “the vast majority of Canadians favour a total ban on guns in the urban areas.”
My reply to this statement is that most Canadians are quick to judgment on a subject that they have not given thorough consideration to. Most general bans have failed. An example: the ban on alcohol in the 1920s and 1930s. This created a large underground, non-taxable business.
The police say there are about 78 criminal gangs on Calgary streets. They don’t pay taxes, most don’t hold a legitimate paying job, they carry guns and don’t care about gun laws. They are the ones causing death and havoc. They are the ones that our government should be going after, not the law-abiding gun owners.
Oh, yes! We pay the hospital bills to patch them up. Lawyers defend their rights. Well, what about my rights as a law-abiding gun owner? Hank Holm, Calgary
There’s a benefit to talking it over Re: “Focus on policing,” Editorial, Dec. 5.
Perhaps the editorial board’s concerns about a law firm being hired by the Calgary Police Service may be justified.
Our experience at Fairness in the Workplace indicates that this is also a great opportunity for an organization to contract with an ombuds office manned by conflict resolution professionals.
They can be a neutral, impartial, third party that provides a safe, anonymous, confidential opportunity for employees to bring forward concerns, be heard and enable them to explore options for addressing these concerns.
The City of Edmonton is currently contracting with a conflict resolution professional to support them with a similar situation. Michelle Phaneuf, Calgary
It’s not just men who are immoral Re: “Men should be part of solution,” Letter, Dec. 6.
All sexual misconduct should be condemned, but let’s not pretend only men are capable of it. Women are, too.
What puzzles me is why there is so little effort put into understanding and eliminating the root causes of sexual misconduct, and other types of misconduct, as well.
So many selfish things are not only permitted, but often condoned. If it feels good, just do it. Drug use, promiscuity, adultery — and don’t worry about pregnancy, because you can always abort. Moral degradation is malignant in nature. What to do? A good start would be to stop blaming it all on men and start realizing that we are all part of the problem. Peter Mannistu, Calgary
No end for the need to apologize Re: “Seven words, seven months, five apologies; How our outrage has grown vastly out of proportion,” Christie Blatchford, Opinion, Dec. 6.
I want to share a suggestion my wife made a few days ago. Canada should set aside a National Apology Day.
Most aggrievances seem to occur in the fall, after the summer holidays, so late November would seem a good time for another holiday.
Perhaps the Governor General could make a public apology on behalf of Canada and Canadians. All parties accepting apologies could submit their names for recognition each year, and some would, of course, be entitled to apologies in perpetuity. This would be so Canadian, wouldn’t it? Bob Woima, Calgary