In late May, amidst smoky skies from wildfires in northern Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney tabled Bill 1 to end the provincial carbon tax. The carbon tax has been a contentious topic both provincially and nationally. Kenney has argued the levy has no effect on reducing greenhouse gases, whereas Prime Minister Justin Trudeau argues the price on pollution is the best solution to reducing natural disasters, like wildfires. Politics aside, there is no denying that climate change is a serious problem. The planet’s temperature will not stop increasing and wait for the best solution to be discovered.
As the future of Calgary’s first mobile supervised consumption site remains uncertain, some residents continue to raise concerns about having the services in their neighbourhood.
The mobile site has been proposed for Forest Lawn, which has the second highest overdose rate in Calgary. Provincial funding for the service has been frozen while the UCP government conducts a review of proposed supervised consumption sites across Alberta.
William Carnegie, who is the former president of the Forest Lawn Community Association, initially advocated for the proposed mobile supervised consumption site, but pulled his support after Calgary police reported an increase in crime in the area around the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre.
Traditionally, people who have committed drug-related offences in Canada face criminal charges. However, the Calgary Drug Treatment Court can give offenders a second chance: an opportunity to receive rehabilitation, rather than penalization.
The New Horizon Mall has commonly been plagued by its reputation as a “ghost mall.” Despite the negative press, businesses are continuing to pop up and all that’s needed now is for customers to catch on.
The 500-store shopping space located in the outskirts of Calgary has its share of patient business owners, who anticipate a busy season ahead.