Remembering the animals that served alongside soldiers

While Remembrance Day is an emotional reminder of the incredible suffering endured by those who fought for our freedom, it is timely to also remember the staggering numbers of animals involved in the war effort.

Horses toiled in horrendous conditions in the First World War while they transported soldiers and heavy equipment, and a variety of species, including elephants, camels, oxen, pigeons, mules, donkeys, and even glowworms were utilized with scant acknowledgement for their efforts.

This year, for the first time, Humane Canada has been granted permission to place a wreath at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. It will honour all animals that served and continue to serve. This a fitting and solemn tribute, as is the purple poppy created in 2006 that can be worn with the traditional red poppy.

Carol and Peter Tracey, Calgary

Vision for Calgary is of balanced spending

Re: “City committee grapples with ‘tax shift’ issue”, Nov. 7

I have heard various councillors challenge those who oppose the Olympics to state what their vision for the city would be instead. I suggest our council and administrative staff focus on dealing with the tax shift issue and the revenue shortfall our city faces as a result of it.

One way this can be done is looking inward at their own budget and expenses. It is time to quit threatening that any attempt to trim the city’s budget would result in dangerous cuts to police and fire budgets. It is time to quit claiming that normal attrition represents cost savings. It is time to deal with the reality of Calgary’s changing economy and business situation and find real, honest ways to trim what the city needs each year to operate.

No responsible business or household deals with shrinking income by continuing to spend more than they earn. Being a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars sounds like a nice vision to me.

Brian Findlay, Calgary

No deals to be made with oilpatch

Re: High-stakes oilpatch tug of war leaves Notley government stuck in the middle, Opinion, Nov. 6

Kudos on Chris Varcoe’s column. Of course the energy sector will cut back on supply if the price is low and forecast is weak. And when prices are high, production will increase. Suncor, Exxon and Husky’s game plans were to engage in both upstream and downstream sectors and maybe, until now, did not see comparative profits to those in only the upstream game. …read more



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