It’s been awhile - Hannah O'Brien gets caught up

It’s been a while since I’ve penned a column.  I was on vacation, and so many things have happened since my reprieve, so instead of writing multiple columns I thought I’d touch briefly on a few of the issues that have entered the limelight. 

The City Budget

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I don’t envy council yet I question some of their decisions.  Clearly it’s too late to argue for the things that were lost, however this opens up the opportunity to criticize the things that were cut. I was devastated to see the losses to the library and the arts.  It’s not surprising that those were the first to go, they always are.  Somehow communities always fail to see the importance that the arts bring to a town.  Again, too late to argue for their continued support, but not too late to lament their cuts. Only time will show the effects of their budgetary decreases. 

The Climate Report

Yikes what a nightmare this was!  Canada, namely the North, is warming at twice the rate as the rest of the world. Northern Canada is warming at three times the global norm. Double yikes!   Anyone who has lived up here for any amount of time could tell you that the weather is vastly different now than it was as briefly as ten years ago, that’s undeniable.  The important question is what are we going to do about it?

The Alberta Provincial Election

Yikes what a nightmare this was!  I feel like this answers my question above. What are we going to do about climate change? Nothing - except make it worse! Alberta elected the UCP which is pro climate change.  My apologies, they are pro-pipeline.  My apologies – they are pro-jobs and the economy! They’re also interested in researching charitable environmental organizations to ensure that they aren’t being funded by non-Canadian groups in attempts to stifle Canadian energy growth. How dare the David Suzuki foundation and Leadnow fight against climate change; I mean who needs fresh non-fracked water, clean air, and pristine nature. I know that when I’m feeling tense or stressed I like to spend some time in industrial parks; there’s something about the diesel fumes, the flare stacks, and the soothing sounds of compressors that makes me feel far more at peace than rivers flowing, birds singing, and cool clear air. 

Pharmacist Under the Microscope

Yikes - okay I know I’m repeating myself but this was a nightmare to read. Perhaps it’s because he was my pharmacist, or because I knew him from school, but I was disappointed with the rapid spread of his downfall. We treat criminally convicted individuals with more decency than we did him.  In fact, there could be a convicted sex offender (pedophile, rapist, etc.) living in our midst, and the citizens of Dawson Creek would not be aware, nothing fit to print in those scenarios. The “rights” of the convicted sex offenders are protected, and criminal trials are not usually widely publicized, yet we know many details about the pharmacist. I’m not picking solely on The Mirror, CBC had an article as well, and I’m assuming other media outlets did too.  Just doesn’t seem right that a pedophile can be treated with more dignity and privacy than a pharmacist.  I’m not condoning what he did, merely saying that perhaps we need to re-evaluate what’s public knowledge, and what isn’t. 

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