Calgary Herald - - EDITORIAL -

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


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