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Much of this wouldn’t have been available without this major library makeover. From the beginning, it has been important to create a space that benefits everyone in our city. Now more than ever, the Milner Library is a haven for many in in our community, a place of hope, help and connection. We know we have achieved all of this and more with our renewed downtown library.
Deborah Rhodes, executive director, shared services and chief financial officer, Edmonton Public Library
Look at homeless with more kindness
Such insensitivity and lack of understanding only adds to the problems of these people. That person needs to volunteer at Hope Mission or the Bissell Centre to see what this is really about.
These people are not there by choice, even though I have heard others say as much. There are people with mental illnesses and no help. Some are there because of circumstances out of their control like losing their jobs, due to the economy and now COVID-19, and subsequently losing their homes. Some of the young people are there because they were kicked out of their homes when they came out and some are escaping abusive homes
Try to see these people with kinder eyes and more understanding.
Claudia Langlois, Edmonton
Include all cultures for ward names
I now believe Edmonton city council truly have lost their collective minds. Yes, if it is necessary to give wards names — though the rationale is baffling — let’s not forget the importance of Eastern Europeans, Italians, Germans and a host of others that had a hand in development of Edmonton.
Time to recognize cultural diversity that inclusively defines the history of Edmonton.
Michael Bazelewick, Edmonton
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