Saturday’s letters: Alberta bungled the PR war on oilsands

Saturday’s letters: Alberta bungled the PR war on oilsands

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Edmonton Journal

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Oct 23, 2021  •  2 days ago  •  3 minute read  •  11 Comments

Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage provided details on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, about the report of the public inquiry into anti-Alberta energy campaigns.
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage provided details on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, about the report of the public inquiry into anti-Alberta energy campaigns. Photo by Larry Wong /Postmedia

The results of the Allan inquiry are in. Now what? All it does is reinforce how ineffective the Alberta government has been over the last 20 years in fighting the extremist voices in the green/environmental movement targeted at the Alberta oilsands.


If it’s one thing Alberta politicians seem to know well, it’s image control, but how could they have failed so miserably at accurately promoting and controlling the narrative of our oilsands? Industry also failed to recognize and understand the importance of this well-organized, targeted, and funded campaign to smear our oilsands. Both the Alberta government and industry had ample opportunity, financial resources, and time to develop and implement a targeted global and domestic campaign based on facts, outlining how we are global leaders in responsible and balanced energy development.

Why couldn’t they have found a Greta Thunberg-like industry spokesperson to captivate the Twitterverse? The only thing Albertans should be upset about is how badly we got out-hustled and out-maneuvered.


Craig O’Connor, Edmonton

Vaccine mandates encourage obesity

Re. “Public health ignores critical issue,” David Staples, Oct. 20

For the first time in a long time, I agree with Mr. Staples. Our entire health-care system does seem to be focused almost entirely on vaccines and have completely neglected other aspects of health, such as obesity, which is a clear comorbidity for COVID-19 infection.

Conversely, exercise reduces obesity, improves immune system functioning, and has a whole myriad of other benefits too lengthy to properly discuss here. So I don’t understand why our government insists on restricting these benefits only for those who have been double-vaccinated. Do they want us to gain weight and become more prone to getting sick?


Ron Bereznicki, Edmonton

Why did anti-vaxxers choose health-care jobs?

Re. “AHS loses 61 employees over vaccine mandate,” Oct. 21

I’m surprised to find out that 61 AHS employees lost their jobs because they didn’t understand the critical, positive and negative impacts of their conduct on public health regarding vaccines or, better, they don’t know what deontology is all about.

I’m happy that there were not many people involved. But it puzzles me why these individuals chose jobs in public health when, per their conduct, they clearly deny the proven benefits of approved COVID-19 vaccines to millions of people.

A vaccine not only protects people from spreading a pandemic disease, lethal to so many, but also saves valuable resources, including the most precious of all: our health. I’m happy they are gone because obtuse or ignorant people have no room in handling our health and potentially exposing innocent people to vectors and the horrors of COVID-19.


A positive side of this history is that we got rid of people who have shown no respect for others and shouldn’t be allowed to be where they were: compromising our precious individual and collective health and, what is least understandable, their own well-being too.

Tony Fernandes, Edmonton

Unvaccinated doctors needed better training

In the Oct. 21 Journal, AHS reports that approximately 92 per cent of physicians are fully vaccinated. As a physician (retired), I am surprised and disappointed by this number, which should be 100 per cent.

One conclusion I draw is that medical schools, residency training programs and medical regulators need to focus more on the teaching and evaluation of critical-thinking skills, including the evaluation and application of evidence. We rely on physicians to be able to evaluate and apply new knowledge to all aspects of medical care.


If the 92-per-cent vaccination rate for physicians is correct, then one possible conclusion is that eight per cent (one in 12) of physicians have not evaluated the evidence for vaccines against COVID correctly, and that is very disturbing.

Trevor Theman, Edmonton

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