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Tuesday’s letters: Officer’s habits suited the scenario

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Re. “Edmonton police defends officer seen shoving girl,” Sept. 17

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I considered the video on International Information TV. Tom Engel (Prison Trial Attorneys Affiliation) said: “Such a despicable use of drive, a giant man on a girl, with out warning.” Critics name for the officer to be taken off the streets and charged.

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These self-proclaimed social justice advocates can spin this any which approach, however as a taxpaying law-abiding citizen, I interpret the occasion as a regulation enforcement officer in foot pursuit of a fleeing armed suspect, who refused to drop her weapon that had been brandished throughout a confrontation with one other girl.

This steady pandering of these accountable for civil unrest is condoning such behaviour, and as such, contributes to the continued erosion of confidence in public security. Residents are already reluctant to make use of our public transit.

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Not all Edmontonians are obsessive critics of the EPS. Police are authority figures which can be tasked to handle the non-conformists and must be revered as such.

William JC Quinn, Edmonton

Police took right motion on suspect

I am a retired RCMP officer who served my complete 25-year profession in Alberta. I do know one thing about the usage of drive that police should abide by. Watching the accessible video of this specific incident, the officer acted appropriately.

Given the identical set of circumstances, I’ll nicely have acted as he did. The officer was responding to a weapons grievance when he got here throughout a girl brandishing a knife. The officer directed the girl to drop the knife however she refused to conform. The officer needed to determine what his use of drive choices have been. He really took an opportunity of receiving bodily hurt or worse by bodily and with out serving to pushing the girl to the bottom to make the arrest. Had the officer used a Taser, he can be justified or he might need even drawn his sidearm from him.

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The video reveals that an object resembling a knife was dislodged from the girl’s hand as she was pushed. A knife was seized and the girl was not injured. When folks like Judith Gale of Bear Clan Beaver Hills Home scream of police brutality on this case, it is farcical, actually. Her unfounded allegations of her do extra hurt than good to her due to her and don’t assist those that actually do endure police violence and injustices.

Paul Christoffersen, Fort Saskatchewan

Context wanted for girl’s arrest

The Bear Clan Beaver Home Hills Patrol is the Edmonton chapter of a nationwide group that gives a useful service to our metropolis’s marginalized and homeless residents. That is why it is so disappointing that native chief Judith Gale was so fast to sentence an ​​EPS officer for his takedown and arrest of a girl that was captured on video, stating that “For him to violently assault her like that was unconscionable,” though a press release after the very fact states that she was allegedly armed with a knife.

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Whereas the brief video of the incident was disturbing, to touch upon an incident with out ample info and context does each a disservice to our police service, and is counterproductive in defending our most susceptible residents. Ms. Gale, your trigger is noble. Please do higher subsequent time.

Al Willey, Edmonton

Compost digester a white elephant

9 years in the past, our metropolis council was bought a pig in a poke, a money-making scheme known as a compost digester. It appeared like a good suggestion with the promise it could generate $1.8 million every year at a value of $30 million to assemble.

5 years later, like a phone fraudster wanting your bank card quantity, the town was requested to pony up $12 million extra. Since its inception, it has not generated any income, but in the present day’s council is prepared to place one other $6.7 million of your tax {dollars} into this white elephant.

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I used to be shocked to learn in Lauren Boothby’s article that the $6.7 million was accredited with none debate or questions requested to administration. That is full incompetence. I am certain there was extra debate on bike lane use or tossing sand-filled tennis balls at coyotes. Coun. Tim Cartmell queried, “There’s potential to reap income. Will we ever? I do not know that we all know.”

That is disconcerting. After 9 years of manufacturing no earnings, anybody with an oz. of sound enterprise sense would lower their losses. Apparently, council members haven’t any enterprise sense. That is reckless disregard of the usage of our tax {dollars} and Edmontonians must be up in arms towards council for approving this with out debate.

Mark Henderson, Edmonton

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Renewable vitality a greater possibility for the planet

Re. “You assume Huge Oil is dangerous? Simply look ahead to Huge Inexperienced,” Sept. 14

David Staples extensively quotes the director of a charity with the deceptive title Renewable Power Basis or REF. REF has obtained funding from Calor Gasoline and “different vitality sector firms” and has identified ties with a local weather science denial group, the International Warming Coverage Basis.

Calling “Huge Inexperienced” a menace is ridiculous; it’s a prime instance of the pot calling the kettle black, given the historical past of “Huge Oil.” Subsidies for inexperienced vitality have been dwarfed by the still-ongoing subsidies for a extremely worthwhile trade that has identified for many years (as proven by inside memos) that their merchandise trigger planet-altering international heating. The ensuing local weather change impacts our well being, meals and water provide, infrastructure, et cetera. The drought and fires in western North America, drying European rivers and the Pakistani floods should not brought on by wind or solar energy technology; they’ve been inextricably linked to burning non-renewables.

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The prices we incur from local weather change are enormous, and thus we have to scale back burning non-renewables as quick as doable. Photo voltaic and wind vitality should not solely confirmed applied sciences, but additionally have a lot decrease environmental impacts, and are cost-competitive with oil and gasoline.

Victor Dorian, Edmonton

Council must overview Epcor

I simply obtained a invoice from Epcor. Water: $54.79; drainage/wastewater: $76.79; waste providers: $43.32. For a complete billing of: $174.90. This reveals that for water utilization of $54.79, I used to be billed $120.11 in fees.

That is outrageous. Epcor is owned by the town, but will not be answerable to the general public, and takes no operational path from the town. It apparently has no accountability to anybody.

Over time, the council has spent hours on points similar to bike lanes, homelessness, parking points, Indigenous considerations concerning the gondola and most lately on regional transportation. Not so way back, they turned over drainage providers to Epcor. Why aren’t they speaking about these outrageous billings?

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Figures obtained by Coun. Michael Janz present Epcor CEO Stuart Lee was paid $2.2 million in 2020 and $2.9 million the yr earlier than. Two senior vice presidents have been every paid greater than $1 million in 2020 and two others obtained greater than $600,000 the identical yr. Epcor supplies dividends to the town — cost of just below $2 billion to the town since 1996.

These figures present that main earnings are being made by Epcor. Absolutely some overview must be undertaken as to why a lot of those earnings are being paid out to their CEO and others as a substitute of being utilized to lowering our fees.

Edward S. Redshaw, Edmonton

An attractive tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

The world is made up of bizarre folks but we seldom see them on the massive stage. However for as soon as, for 4 days, we did. They got here to say goodbye to a rare woman: Her Majesty the Queen.

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They got here of their 1000’s. They waited for 10, 12, 15 hours or extra. Each coloration and creed. The aged, the infirm, folks hobbling, folks in wheelchairs, the blind with their information canine, the fathers with their sons, the moms with their daughters, little youngsters and infants in arms. They got here of their silence, they got here of their disappointment. They bowed, they curtsied, they saluted, and a few blew Her Majesty a kiss.

The bizarre folks had the Queen to themselves. It was outstanding. It was superb; it was lovely!

David Harrap, Jasper

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