Thursday’s letters: Listen to officials on COVID restrictions for children

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Mark Twain spoke about lies, damn lies and statistics. In his commentary last Friday, Staples thought it would be a good idea to remove all COVID restrictions for children. He uses statistics from Sweden to make his point, but I happen to know Sweden went through some terrible hardships as a result of COVID.

By the way, why Sweden? We know very little about it and it is about 7,200 km away from Alberta. Why not use countries that are closer to compare like the United States, Mexico or even Iceland? Was Sweden the only country he could find that went along with his ideas?

I’ll throw in one more stat, though commentators have made us very leery of this. Alberta has almost 77 per cent of its population fully vaccinated, Sweden 70 per cent.

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Finally, Staples and his friends want to “demand” that Mr. Kenney remove all restrictions regarding children. I believe that these types of frivolous and uninformed demands got us in some trouble during this pandemic. Let us allow public health officials to steer us in the right direction.

Patrick Collins, St. Albert

Telling photo of LRT workers

Re. “Clearing the way” photo, Dec. 14

This picture says it all. Eight or nine workers with one working, one holding a shovel and six saying, who goes for the Timbits and coffee. No wonder it takes forever to get things completed on time on budget in this city.

Wayne Black, Edmonton

Canada’s seat distribution is unfair

Most Canadians, I think, assume we are all reasonably equally represented in the House of Commons. During the last federal election I noted the seats by province, Googled provincial populations and calculated the average number of people in each constituency by province. I knew there would be differences but expected them to be reasonably close. I have listed the 10 provinces, their seats and the average population in their constituencies.

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B.C. (42)(122,500), Alta. (34)(130,000), Sask. (14)(84,000), Man. (14)(98,500), Ont. (121)(121,750), Que. (78)(110,000), N.B. (10)(78,000), N.S. (11)(89,000), Nfld. (7) (74,500) and P.E.I. (4)(40,000).

If other provinces had the same number of people as Alberta in their constituencies, British Columbia would have 39.5 rather than 42 seats, Saskatchewan would have nine rather than 14 seats, Manitoba would have 10.5 rather than 14 seats, Ontario would have 113 rather than 121 seats, Quebec would have 66 rather than 78 seats, New Brunswick would have six rather than 10 seats, Nova Scotia would have 7.5 rather than 11 seats, Newfoundland would have four rather than seven seats and P.E.I. would have 1.5 rather than four seats.

The Maritimes, which contributes the least financially to the GDP, would lose a combined 13 seats and Quebec, which takes the most out of equalization, would lose 12 seats. I do not know if it would have changed the election results, but the House would have 44 fewer members (not counting the reduction in territorial representatives) and we would all feel like our vote had equal representation and that some of us were not second-class citizens. It is time for a Tea Party.

John Heinrichs, Edmonton

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