Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement resident Wilma Cardinal sifts through the remains of her sister-in-law’s home on Wednesday June 19, 2019. A wildfire destroyed at least fifteen homes on the settlement, located 80 kilometres south of High Level, Alberta.
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Re. “Scheer and Trudeau’s tiresome climate charade,” Rex Murphy, June 25Normally I dismiss anything Rex Murphy writes, however, in his last column he does get a couple things right. Liberal and Conservative plans for climate change are woefully inadequate. They are both playing to the next election. Maybe he is right that Canada is a toothpick in the redwood of a problem that is climate change.However, there is no denying that individual Canadians have double the carbon footprint of a Chinese person, and almost triple that of a person living in India.We need to start thinking about Canada’s importance as a country of refuge when Bangladesh is covered by seawater. Our resources were tested when Syrians started coming, but we can expect 10 times the number of Bangladeshi refugees. Our resources have been tested during wildfires in Fort McMurray and High Level and flooding in High River.We need to think about upcoming flooding, drought, forest fires, tornadoes and hurricanes. We need to plan for societal breakdown as we run out of resources, infrastructure and money to deal with disasters coming our way.When that time comes, Murphy can tell his grandchildren, “I wrote a few columns saying climate-change mitigation was pointless. Aren’t you so proud of me?”Mildred Thill, EdmontonRex Murphy was brilliant as alwaysOnce again, the insightful Rex Murphy tells it like it is in his National Post column (see Edmonton Journal, June 25). There is just no one like him to state the facts honestly and with humour on any story, whether a weekly regular on the CBC National, or in his columns.When he was on the CBC National with Peter Mansbridge his view was always the highlight to watch for. He is brilliant.M.P. Thorsell, Sherwood ParkMisled on the promise of recyclingMillions of Canadians have been duped into thinking they were doing good by conscientiously recycling plastic materials and glass jars for years. Then we find out that, in fact, all our recycled material has been shipped to poor countries for “repurposing.”In the meantime, no research and development funding of any credibility was spent on doing our own repurposing of recycled products. What a sham! This has been the greatest lie coming from all levels of government and every elected official is to blame.To know now that all my efforts over the past four decades was a waste of time, and what I thought was a good thing to ensure my waste was responsibly being addressed, just angers me to no end.In the meantime, waste builds up and Canada is caught with its recycling and environmental-image pants down.L.G. Anderson, Spruce GroveLetters welcomeWe invite you to write letters to the editor. A maximum of 150 words is preferred. Letters must carry a first and last name, or two initials and a last name, and include an address and daytime telephone number. All letters are subject to editing. We don’t publish letters addressed to others or sent to other publications. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org