First Nations welcome partnerships that benefit their people
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is centred in the oilsands. One of its greatest assets is its aboriginal people, whose artifacts were carbon-dated to 12,600 years ago.
Several months ago our Oilsands Anniversary Committee selected five Indigenous inductees as Builders of Wood Buffalo in three categories: Processing — Chief Jim Boucher, Fort McKay First Nation; Community Leadership — Rita Marten, director of Education, Athabasca Tribal Council; and Service and Supply — Dave Tuccaro, president and CEO, Tuccaro Inc. Group of Companies; Nicole Bourque-Bouchier, CEO, Bouchier Group; and Doug Golosky, founder of Sunset Recycle and Sales Ltd.
Former Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs Phil Fontaine and Sean Atleo in visiting Fort McMurray noted that … “Oilsands partnerships like these are the best in Canada to raise First Nations people out of poverty … We salute both oilsands industry and First Nations here while maintaining and strengthening aboriginal culture and knowledge here.”
Chief Boucher noted that “ when environmentalists shut down the fur industry, the oilsands industry arrived in time to prevent starvation of our people. We have zero unemployment and each home here (on our reserve) earns $120,000 annually from this industry.”
Bert MacKay, committee member, RM Wood Buffalo
Business bribes common around the world
I have difficulty in believing the naivety of the Canadian criticism of SNC Lavalin in their international business transactions.
In much or our world, kickbacks, bribes, under the counter payment for services, influence and exoneration of penalties are normal, accepted business practices. The people in Quebec should understand this. Maybe the chaste Christian-dominated nations have difficulty with this approach to doing business, but it is normal practice in much of the world and if you don’t participate in the practice, you don’t do business successfully.
Guilt is a judgment related to what I believe is right and has no regard for the beliefs and practices of others who do thing differently and have different standards.
A. R. Murray, Calgary
If it walks like a duck …
Re: City drafts terms for arena talks, Feb. 21
I would like City Councillor Jeff Davison to explain the logic of having taxpayers involved in funding a building where only one or two per cent of the citizens ever have access to? The promoter’s comment of “an arena for everyone” is sheer nonsense. Only a small percentage of Calgarians can afford season’s hockey tickets and professional concert tickets.
This Rivers District is an offensive package deal that attempts to bundle a new publicly funded arena with good benefits like new retail and residential development in a neglected area of the city. A few rock concerts that need a stronger roof to hold their gear is not an adequate reason to build a new arena.
Again these concerts cater to a very small percentage of taxpayers. Calgarians need to wake up to this dog-and-pony show being played for their attention.
Leslie Hamilton, Calgary
What can history tell us about politics?
It would be nice to see a history of the federal Liberal Party from Confederation to today. To see if it is really a federal party or the Liberal Party of Quebec.
Allen Mattoon, Calgary