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Letter to the editor: Not the time for Bear Street Refresh Project
Over the past week or so I have been in communication with Mayor and Council of Banff regarding the 9.5 or so million dollars which will be spent on the Bear Street Refresh Project. I voiced my opinion that the project should be cancelled at this time. This is based on my belief that as a tourism dependent community we may well be more heavily impacted by current and projected future world conditions. I received responses from Mayor Sorensen, and Councillors Christensen, DiManno, and Canning. Thank you. The response was as I anticipated came down to cost of borrowing and disruption to business. I don’t disagree with their arguments. Don’t get me wrong, I am not opposed to the project. JUST NOT NOW.
MLA Guthrie: Budget 2020
Our government is proud to build on the progress made with Budget 2019. Third quarter results show that the deficit has declined by $1.2 billion more than expected. This means that Alberta taxpayers will pay $35 million less in debt servicing costs. Our fiscal plan is working and we are staying the course set out in Budget 2019 to achieve balance by 2022.
MLA Guthrie: Democracy Still the Best Option
Recent polling yielded an alarming statistic citing 36% of U.S. millennials approved of communism, up from 28% the previous year. Assuming a similar trend exists in Canada, we should take note. Those of us who lived during the Cold War era and saw the fall of the Berlin Wall recall the tyrannical, restrictive nature of communist regimes. Lenin’s view that “the goal of socialism is communism” is a poisonous one to adopt in a country where we enjoy freedom and the opportunity to prosper.
MLA Guthrie: Climate alarmism stalls solutions
Environmentalists and politicians have begun to use climate alarmism to achieve whatever their underlying objectives may be. The strategy adopted paints a grim picture of the future and predicts catastrophic or apocalyptic scenarios that forecast the world’s demise in as little as 8 to 12 years. If doomsday is imminent, the solutions proposed by this group of activists are opposite of what one might expect.
MLA Guthrie: "Canada’s Diminishing Reputation on the World Stage”
Over the past 5 years Alberta has experienced economic challenges. Under Trudeau Canadian investment abroad is on the rise while direct foreign investment in Canada is declining. This disconcerting trend may extend the downturn in the economy beyond Alberta to other jurisdictions in our country having a lasting effect.
Young people talk boomers at next Cochrane Ideas session
Cochrane Ideas has invited a panel of millennials and other young people to lead a discussion on the unique challenges they face in the modern world. They’ll debate how much responsibility may be placed on the older and still-dominant demographic of the Boomer generation for the conditions they deal with in all aspects of their lives.
Innovation Centre brilliant
Jeff Genung, our mayor, with his vision and foresight will be turning Cochrane into a major player in the high tech industry. This will boost our local economy, attract new business while creating new jobs for our local residents. The kicker is it will not be a burden on us the taxpayers since both provincial and federal funding has been approved. Talk about a win-win situation.
Thank you to those that made Culture Fest happen
Thank you to all the amazing volunteers that put together the 1st Cochrane Culture Fest last Sunday at the Lions Event Centre! Thanks to their efforts, close to 700 people were able to enjoy learning about their neighbours. It was a wonderful afternoon of food,music and sharing! Volunteers manned booths representing 16 different cultures while 11 volunteer groups offered an entertainment program. It was a colour filled “community building” day despite the blanket of white snow our town woke up to.