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Letter to the Editor

NDP playing 'high stakes game of poker' with our future

Dear Editor: Part of the Climate Leadership Plan is a carbon tax such as SaskPower and their Boundary Dam Carbon
that will levy $3 billion annually against Albertans Capture project. It is solutions like this that create
After reading last week's article regarding a recent and close to $45 billion by 2030. As Wildrose Leader employment and provide reliable power generation
information session by Robin Campbell of the Coal Brian Jean stated, “This new carbon tax will make while showing the world the leader that Canada is
Association of Canada I couldn't help but nod in almost every single Alberta family poorer, while when it comes to environmental innovation.
agreement with much of what Mr. Campbell said. accelerated plans to shut down coal plants will lead to Make no mistake this is a high stakes game of poker
I want to be transparent here; I'm a card carrying higher power prices and further jobs losses”. the NDP are playing with our tax money and our
Wildrose member, but the message that Mr. Campbell We in West Yellowhead have enjoyed a rich history future. It is easy for our current government to go all
and his ACT session brought to town will become of resource development and have taken pride in in with a pair of two's; they won't be there meeting
reality if people don't stand-up and take notice. doing it in a responsible and sustainable way. The you at the door if you lose your job and your means
The recent Climate Leadership Plan proposed by people of this great province need to stand together on of providing your family with a better life.
our provincial government is very light on the “plan” this issue and protect our hard working citizens. It's time the NDP realized that they aren't in the
part. I don't agree with all that Mr. Campbell had to I agree with Mr. Campbell that we need to be opposition seats anymore, what they say and do
say but the basis of his campaign is solid. innovative and do what Albertans have always done affects everyone now.
It is extremely important for Albertans, now more and come up with solutions, but I do not agree that it
than ever, to listen to what policy is being proposed, should be solely a government endeavor.
learn about it, and engage their government on how it This requires the expertise of industry to lead the Regards,
will affect their lives. charge; it will be the resourcefulness of those most George Giroux, Yellowhead County
vested in the industry partnering with governments
Letter to the Editor
Gratitude to social workers during Social Work Week

Across Canada, the first week of March is set aside child's biological family resolves the issues that biological families and eventually return home.
to recognize a group of individuals who dedicate their brought children into care. It's not always easy. The When that can't happen, social workers help children
lives to helping people. It's Social Work Week—a social workers I know have some of the biggest, find permanent homes where they can grow up with a
time to recognize the contributions of social workers kindest hearts there are. We expect them to always sense of security and belonging.
to society. have the right answers and to always be available (no On behalf of all foster and kinship families in North
I particularly want to acknowledge social workers easy task, given that a crisis can happen any time of Central Alberta, I want to express my gratitude to
who specialize in the area of child intervention—the day or night). They involve us in planning for a child social workers and recognize our important
caring professionals that help families whose children or youth in care's special needs. They help us obtain partnership. Social work is important work—and its
are at risk. These social workers collaborate with our advanced training to equip us with the skills to meet a impact, far-reaching.
team of skilled foster families in North Central child's particular emotional, social, or physical
Alberta to provide a safe and loving home for challenges. Stephen Lander
children in care. We work together to ensure that where possible, President
Our shared goal is to keep children safe while a children in care remain closely connected with their Northern 7 Regional Foster Parent Association

Letter to the Editor

Wood burning stoves may seem eco-friendly

For anyone thinking that wood burning stoves and rights be handled by a Haz-Mat team. If it was in any I have worked in mills that burn wood for heat and
furnaces are a green way to go, here are a few details industry it would be. Household solid fuel appliances process systems that have millions of dollars of
that may have been overlooked. do not have any of the many controls, filters, control systems and are monitored by government
Wood burning stoves may seem like a nice eco- scrubbers and monitors as does a coal fired power agencies. I would shudder to think what would
friendly way to dispose of scrap wood for heat. plant. happen if government regulators put a monitor on
Although it is almost carbon neutral it does give off Many urban areas have banned solid fuel your wood stove chimney. To burn wood cleanly and
some very harmful toxins – nitrogen dioxide and appliances, so even having a backyard wiener roast be environmentally responsible is financially beyond
carbon monoxide which are worse than carbon with the kids is not allowed. the average householder's budget.
dioxide. Methane gas is also released (a gas that is Any greenhouse gas emissions you prevent using
also produced by cattle) and is way worse than carbon solar power is more than offset by burning wood. TIM EATON
dioxide. So that cute little pillar of smoke coming Edson
from the chimney is deadly. Creosote, soot and
carbon tars that are cleaned from a chimney should by
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