Wednesday’s letters: Energy envoys need business acumen

Premier Rachel Notley is appointing a new Energy Upgrading Unit that will bring together government, industry, workers and Albertans. Greg Southam Greg Southam / Greg Southam/

While reading the front-page story about Rachel Notley appointing energy envoys, I couldn’t help but notice the irony of the situation.

At least two of the three were certainly along with her at the policy helm as we were being led into this mess to begin with. They must somehow have developed a newfound sense of business acumen, although that would be unlikely from a team of bureaucrats.

With no leadership involvement from the business sector, where some practical solutions might actually be found, don’t expect anything new from this bunch. This looks like another case of, “when you get yourself into a hole, keep digging to try and get yourself out.”

Gary Friedel, Edmonton

Photo of offender was misleading

Re. “Extremely disturbing,” Nov. 16

The story of this offender is indeed sad and disturbing. However, I question the journalistic ethics of using a photo of him dressed in priest’s attire as the main illustration with the story.

In fact, he is not a priest, and the story makes that clear in the final paragraph: “Images obtained of the accused during the investigation showed him posing as a member of the Catholic clergy, but there is no evidence to suggest he was posing as a priest when the offences occurred. Police said he had no affiliation with any Catholic archdiocese in North America.”

If this information was deemed so unimportant or lacking in relevance that it was placed in the last paragraph, why did the page editor select a prominent photo that would suggest the opposite? In the online story, although other images were available, this was the only one used.

We have no objection to fair reporting of sexual abuse by clergy, but the handling of this story falls far below The Journal’s usual standards.

Lorraine Turchansky, chief communications officer, Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton

Kenney newspaper ad outrages

I was outraged to find my Edmonton Journal Tuesday wrapped in four full pages of political advertising for the UCP, featuring Jason Kenney’s grinning face.

In the 25 years that I have been a loyal subscriber, I have never seen such a disproportionate partisan display. It communicates three things to this thoughtful reader:

The UCP underestimates us, as if to appeal to an illiterate faction of the public with big coloured pictures and slogans but no factual content.

The UCP has the backing of the very rich who hope to benefit from a return to the past policies of the Conservatives, oblivious of the problems they caused that we must now correct.

The Edmonton Journal is so desperate for income that it will put aside propriety and objectivity to pay the bills.

It is a sorry state of affairs and I hope that when an election is called, we will see journalistic integrity in our one daily newspaper.

Marilyn Gaa, Edmonton

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