Saturday’s letters: Allowing unvaxxed staff undermines AHS message

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On Thursday, I saw a subtle announcement that 500 of the 1,400 unvaccinated AHS employees currently on leave, are temporarily heading back to work after agreeing to weekly testing in order to meet the demands of the fifth Omicron wave.

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For almost two years now, Albertans have been asked, pressured, browbeat, almost threatened, to do everything humanly possible to prevent the health-care system from becoming overwhelmed. It’s a key message in the push to vaccinate.

So why is AHS allowing unvaccinated staff back to work, when 100 per cent of AHS refuse to do what they’ve been asking us to do: get vaccinated. How is that fair? Apparently in Alberta, we’re not all in this together; it’s do as I say, not as I do. I hope when this fifth wave subsides, there are 1,400 AHS positions ready to be filled.

S.C. Thomas, St. Albert

Foreign-funding comparison faulty

Re. “Big Oil’s hypocritical foreign-funding argument,” Opinion, Jan. 20

Mr. Laxer’s article makes an obvious error with respect to the comparative sources of funding for CAPP, a voluntary association of oil and gas resource companies, and that of various environmentalist groups. It ought to be obvious that CAPP and its members generate their revenues through commercial activities in Canada, irrespective of ownership of the corporations being domestic or foreign.

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The environmentalist groups that were subject to the UCP inquiry have no similar commercial activities, and may in fact be affiliated with or operate under an umbrella with foreign entities. There can be no rational comparison of funding or ownership between the two, and the opinion as expressed by Mr. Laxer is clearly unfounded and biased.

The hard truth is that most businesses do maintain voluntary memberships in associations or lobby groups that can make representations to government and other “appropriate authorities having jurisdiction” on their behalf. It is commonplace, and unfortunately seems to be a requirement if businesses are to sustain their operations in the face of ideological policies being handed down by governments at many levels.

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Dave Campbell, Calgary

Public trust in justice must be restored

Albertans can reasonably conclude that the justice minister hoped that by calling the chief of police about his racial-profiling complaint to a distracted driving ticket that he disputed and had not pled to, the chief might volunteer to take care of the charge and withdraw it. The chief did the right thing, and didn’t.

The minister’s call to the chief can be reasonably seen as tampering with justice and is why ministers get fired. Leaders fire ministers to instil public trust in the fair and impartial administration of justice. Leaders who fail to do so lose that public trust.

R.W. Wilson, Edmonton

Turn Highway 2 lights back on

Could someone from the department of highways please turn the lights back on for the section of the QE2 between Edmonton and Leduc. The lights have been turned off for two weeks and it’s really hard to see all the potholes on the highway at night.

Garth Ukrainetz, Edmonton

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