Wednesday’s letters: Alberta failing its most vulnerable

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Society is rightfully judged by how it treats its most vulnerable. The Alberta government sadly, is failing this most important test.

Brian Archibald, Sherwood Park

Put ward names on ballot

I find it difficult to believe that our mayor and councillors are even considering voting on whether to change the ward numbering system to Indigenous names. First Nations communities in Canada speak more than 50 distinct languages.

The latest available census in Edmonton shows a population of 972,223 and an estimated 5.5 per cent are Aboriginal. In comparison, there are 6.24 per cent Filipinos, 7.44 per cent East Indian, 7.44 per cent Chinese, 10.82 per cent Ukrainian plus Germans, Irish, Scottish, Korean, et cetera. This does not include an estimated 17 per cent visible minorities.

Who in this city would like their ward named “Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi” or any other suggested name? Families from all over the world come to this great city to make a future. They struggle to learn English since this is the universal language required for them to advance in their chosen field. We welcome these people and we definitely don’t want to make things more difficult for them to integrate into our society.

The ward system affects every citizen in Edmonton. If need be, add this to the next election in October 2021 and let the citizens decide.

Larry Phillips, Edmonton

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