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Premier Danielle Smith speaks during a press conference announcing measures to tackle the rising violent crimes in Calgary and Edmonton outside the Sunalta CTrain station in Calgary on Tuesday, April 4, 2023. Photo by Azin Ghaffari /Postmedia Premier Danielle Smith and the UCP are trying to appear like bastions of justice and public order by deploying Alberta sheriffs downtown in Calgary and Edmonton, and promising further resources. This seems contradictory as the UCP’s 2020 budget saw the province take 40 per cent of the fine revenue from cities rather than 26.7 per cent.
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Brett Dibble, Calgary
Council favours developers over residents On Monday, a proposal for Windsor Park development came before council. It did not comply with the city’s current planning rules and guidelines or the draft planning guidelines currently under consideration. Once again, Mayor Sohi and the majority of council, apart from councillors Janz, Rice and Principe, sided with a developer and demonstrated their willingness to either ignore the city’s own planning rules or to interpret those same rules in a disingenuous way to match their personal agendas.
Residents who know the neighbourhood best and will have to live with the consequences of a new development have no say. It was clear from questions asked by some councillors that they were much more concerned with the development being large enough to generate a healthy profit for the developer than the fact that long-term residents living close to the development would suffer a loss in market value of their homes once the development proceeds. Environmental consequences seemed irrelevant; traffic volume and safety unimportant.
Public trust in our municipal government to do the right thing is at an all-time low. Citizens feel disenfranchised; their voices have been silenced. Developers feel emboldened and recognize that compromises to address citizens’ concerns are unnecessary. Planning rules and guidelines are there to be broken. This is the new reality at City Hall.
Joe Miller, Edmonton
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