Afotimber Published Jul 15, 2023 • Last updated Jul 15, 2023 • 2 minute read
Cate Great entertains the crowd during the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival which runs until July 16 at Churchill Square. Taken on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 in Edmonton. Photo by Greg Southam /Postmedia July saw Churchill Square burst into family-fun activity with the annual Street Performers Festival. Yet, having to pay $20-$30 to park to enjoy the festival is simply not reasonable for most families. City council needs to rethink these outrageous fees. We want a vibrant downtown for everyone.
Carol Watson, Edmonton
Where’s line on Heritage Fest bans? A number of letters have admonished local Russian Canadians and their organizations for not having complained about Russia’s disgraceful attack on Ukraine and thus supporting the elimination of the Russian pavilion at our Heritage Festival. However, how do you complain when members of your family may still be in Russia? On the other hand, I have not heard of any Edmonton Russian community organizations supporting Russia’s behaviour.
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Access articles from across Canada with one account. Share your thoughts and join the conversation in the comments. Enjoy additional articles per month. Get email updates from your favourite authors. The Heritage Festival committee should reverse its decision. There are participants in the Heritage Festival whose original home countries are at war and others accused of genocide. Where do you draw the line? This is Edmonton, a community that respects the cultural heritage of our neighbours and that is what the Heritage Festival is supposedly all about.
And if additional security is needed, so be it. Behaviour of a former home country should have no bearing on our local people celebrating and presenting their culture.
Joseph M. Kirman, Edmonton
Simple fixes for Henday traffic delays Every day, drivers experience a 40- to 60-minute wait time attempting to cross the river via the Anthony Henday Bridge. The problem is caused by ongoing bridge construction relating to the widening of the bridge.
The delays could be decreased if the city did one of two things. The first suggestion is to implement a “zipper policy” for all three lanes funnelling down to one lane at the entrance to the bridge. This procedure is used by many cities and, although the traffic slows down, it also keeps moving. In St. Albert, the zipper policy has been used very effectively.
The second suggestion is to use a flagman during rush hours to direct traffic. This would serve to control the traffic and prevent the line jumping that occurs when the two right-hand lanes attempt to merge with the left lane at the entranceway to the bridge. Surely, someone in traffic control can come up with a solution. If not, it will be a continual exercise in frustration for all drivers making their daily commute by way of the Anthony Henday Bridge.
Terry Forman, Edmonton
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