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Small improvements could have major impact

Dear editor, The Icefields Parkway is supposed to be one of the most scenic drives in the world, but as it becomes busier and busier it’s becoming more difficult to enjoy. As a tour guide/bus driver I regularly drive up and down the highway and have noticed a number of things that could be improved. The most immediate thing that needs attention are the washrooms, especially in the winter months. Many times ...

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Public debate is essential to local government

Dear editor, Your editorial in the Jasper Fitzhugh on April 20, 2017 (A Glimmer of Dissent) reveals why public debate is essential when it comes to local government. Debate is when ideas are forced to compete in the public arena. It’s when the disagreement between elected officials is in view of all, and when the circumstances of the discussion will force the participants to publicly explain and defend thei ...

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A step in the wrong direction

Dear editor, Jasper is sitting on an eco-tourism opportunity that is quickly slipping away. ATCO’s proposed Jasper Interconnection Project will roughly parallel the eastern portion of Highway 16 within the park and is set to begin construction in the fall. While the Alberta government is implementing a carbon-tax and phasing out coal, it’s business as usual on this project. I’ve seen no evidence that altern ...

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Living in Jasper is a privilege, not a right

Dear editor, I just read your article in the March 23 edition of the Fitzhugh concerning Daniel Gallant and Monika Schaefer. I’m delighted to see Daniel Gallant’s court challenge against Schaefer, and congratulate the Fitzhugh for excellent and responsible reporting. Until recently, there has been an understandable tendency in Jasper to overlook or downplay the Schaefer story. The vast majority of Jasper re ...

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Bike path contradicts management plan

Dear editor, They are at it again. In the March 9 issue of the Fitzhugh Parks Canada was still trotting out the same old misinformation about the Jasper and Banff management plans and the Icefields Parkway strategic concept being the basis of the proposed Icefields bike trail. They seem to have succeeded in pulling the wool over their own eyes. On the contrary, the current proposal is clearly counter to the ...

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Kudos to Parks for denying film permit

Dear editor, “You don’t always have to make great representations of Native people. We’re not asking for that. We’re not asking to be nobles, or righteous, or good all the time. We’re asking to be human.”  - Reel Injun, 2009 Canadian documentary. I wanted to write a piece in favour of Parks Canada’s decision that disallows the film Hard Powder from being shot in Banff, and the Columbia Icefield. While it is ...

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Schaefer should apologize

Dear editor, As we approach the 100th anniversary of Canada’s involvement with the “creeping barrage” military victory at Vimy Ridge between April 9 to 13, 1917, I am reminded of the absolute horror of the First and Second World War, or any war, for that matter. When the Second World War ended in 1945, we were a world that was sickened by the bloodshed, the loss of loved ones and yet, so thankful to be aliv ...

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Tour of Alberta is a boon for Jaspe

Re: Editorial on March 9 Dear editor, I believe a newspaper should unite, work together with their community and come up with solutions to mutual problems. This is what the municipality does, and I don’t imagine this is an easy job in a town full of strong willed, and very opinionated people. I am grateful for the work they do on our behalf and know that every one of those people are doing the very best the ...

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Free speech has limitations

Dear editor, I see again that Monika Schaefer is once again claiming free speech for an opportunity to spout her hatred of people of the Jewish faith. Free expression means, in its simplest terms, that the government cannot arrest you for those views. Canadian law does have exceptions, such as child pornography and hate speech. In Canada, Section 319(2) of the Criminal Code “makes it an offence to communica ...

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The vanishing wild

Dear editor, For love of Canada let’s sit upon the ground And tell sad stories of the death of Parks How some have been destroyed, some despoiled By unseemly structures on the shores of misty lakes, Where moose once nursed their young but come no more; Where the loon’s cry no longer wavers o’er the land And where the shy bittern calls in vain. Where commerce builds a shrine of rusting steel To unseen glacie ...

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