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Your letters for Saturday, Sept. 9

Ottawa ignores Energy East benefits

The federal government has imposed additional stipulations on the National Energy Board relating to approval of the Energy East pipeline, specifically newly added greenhouse gas emissions.     

It is upsetting the federal government has not announced its support in advance for this pipeline, providing it meets the environmental conditions. Its support should clearly state the pipeline be built in the national interest from various points of view.

Surely, it is in the interests of all Canadians that it be constructed to provide benefits to the producing provinces, and at the same time, avoid importing 800,000 barrels of oil a day from foreign sources, many of which are heavy polluters.

Approval of the pipeline would enable the provincial and federal governments to co-operate to set guidelines for future development, which would cover such long-term items as emissions, would bring benefits to Ontario and Quebec for machinery and supplies, and of course provide certain jobs and tax revenues to various jurisdictions.      

It is hard to believe any other nation would allow these large energy reserves to remain undeveloped, especially when they can displace oil from such countries as Venezuela and those in the Middle East.

Michael Vass, Calgary

Let’s hear it for the boys

For years, we have encouraged girls to pursue higher education, especially the STEM programs. It is now time to get the boys back on track.  

Girls dominate university and college enrolment at both the undergraduate and master’s levels by a 10 to 15 per cent margin.

Statistics Canada reports 76 per cent of 19-year-old women and 56 per cent of 19-year-old men are in university or college. A MacLeans magazine survey found girls dominate every faculty except for engineering and computer science.

We are desperate for boys to enter the faculties of education, psychology and social work. Where is this campaign?

Maybe there is a natural attraction for girls to go into more nurturing fields of work and boys to go into more technical fields. Whatever the case, the campaigns encouraging girls have worked. We now need to encourage more boys to pursue post-secondary education.

Leslie Adamache, post-secondary adviser, LA Consulting

Trees need real soaking

Re: Letter: City trees suffering from neglect, Sept. 2

I have witnessed an idea that might be incorporated in new housing developments or for any planned boulevard replanting or updating.

I couldn’t help but notice what looks like soaker-type hoses installed in the concrete planters along Memorial Drive. Perhaps installing this type of system might be less expensive than replacing future dead trees?

Marianna Jaromi, Calgary

 

Enough coddling of kids

Re: Dad investigated after teaching his kids to take bus, Sept. 6.

Our children are overprotected by parents, government and society. I’m 86 years old and a veteran. In my younger years, we ventured out on our own, learned the ways of the world and how to survive. 

This dad was teaching his kids how to make it on their own some day. 

We made up games, failed at tryouts for little league, and got over it. Oh yes, some of us even failed a grade — we repeated it, horrors. Tests were not adjusted for any reason.

Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. We had freedom, failures, success and responsibilities.

Hank Holm, Calgary

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