The apocalypse must be upon us because B.C. Premier John Horgan offers his self-serving explanation why the LNG pipeline doesn’t fall within the same scrutiny of Indigenous rights as the Trans Mountain Pipeline. What’s next, flying pigs?
Tina Bachynski, St. Albert
Have your say on assisted dying
The federal government’s department of Justice is now engaging in public consultation regarding proposed changes to the current law on medically assisted dying (MAID). An online survey is available at https://justice.survey-sondage.ca/f/s.aspx?s=6E6210A5-E100-4201-A55D-CFB52ADA1C0C
Besides having a say about eligibility, guards against abuse, training and other conditions, this survey enables responders to support the provision of an “advance request.” This would allow people to anticipate the situation under which they would request MAID and have it carried out even if they were not mentally competent to consent at the time. (Mental competence is essential for eligibility under the present law.)
The ridiculously short timeline for completing the survey is Jan. 27, 2020. If you are as interested as I am in an extended and liberalized euthanasia law that truly respects individual integrity and dignity, please reply promptly.
P.J. Cotterill, Edmonton
Palliative care should remain a priority
To those lobbying for assisted death, especially regarding dementia, I consider it a personal decision. I do hope research for a cure and palliative care remain a top priority.
My husband of 50 years, who died of natural causes from Alzheimer’s disease in 2018, mulled over his future fate and then told me, “I do not want to leave you or our family until I must.”
This man, who was the most complete person I have ever known, managed to hug a granddaughter on her wedding day two weeks before he died. She brought her wedding party to his care home in Westlock (a remarkable facility). I have no idea if he understood the joy this act brought to our whole family.
I do know caring for him during his illness increased our capacity for empathy and our ability to be patient and kind to him and one another. He would have approved of our growth.
Irene Cornwell, Onoway
Schools can be replaced with computer learning
The UCP is heading in the right direction by reducing education costs. We have reached an age where inexpensive computer programs are more effective teachers than expensive flesh-and-blood teachers, administrators of costly school boards and the constant construction and maintenance of physical schools.
Computer programs provide students with one-on-one instruction. Students proceed at their own pace. The province can save hundreds of millions of dollars in teacher and administrator salaries and physical facilities annually.
The students receive a better, more focused education without the risk of bullying and intimidation. They waste less time. They can enter university or college or the workforce earlier.
They have more time to pursue other interests outside of formal education, allowing them to socialize or develop skills in areas of interest such as athletics, the arts or occupations.
Marlene V. Williams, St. Albert
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