August 10, 2020

Critics say we must learn lessons from socialism and communism

Amid a global pandemic, governments worldwide are supporting their populations by handing out unprecedented amounts of money. Some observers say it’s an indication we need even more government in our lives from now on. We explored that concept by interviewing several people in Edmonton for their input. Here’s our video produced by Edmonton Griesbach riding constituency office intern Josh Hui.

The City of Edmonton is offering mask exemption cards

If you have a medical condition or are otherwise exempt from the new municipal bylaw requiring masks in public places you can acquire a mask exemption card. 




Parents have options for their kids return to school 

Edmonton Journal 

Some teachers are fearful about Alberta’s return to school in September during the coronavirus pandemic. Some parents are fearful for their kids.

May I propose a plan to deal with this: How about having teachers and kids who are wary of returning to school opt out of that plan, then have those same teachers teach those same kids online?

Would that make sense?

Thankfully, it seems that it does.

Indeed, it’s such an obvious and elegant solution that school boards across the province are embracing it, including the Edmonton Public Schools, which is responsible for 107,000 of the 750,000 students returning to school.

The school year will be broken up into four quarters. Students will be given the option in each quarter of in-class or online schooling.

“What we decided in preparing our plan is that providing some measure of choice to parents would greatly ease some of the anxiety they may have around returning to school,” says Edmonton Public Schools superintendent Darrel Robertson.

(Read the full column by David Staples, Edmonton Journal here)

Last week’s straw poll results 

Last week I asked folks their views on cancel culture. 

Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey.

Here’s the breakdown of what you had to say. 

Have your say on Huawei 

Do you think the government should ban Communist China-based Huawei from our 5G network? Have your say in my new unofficial poll. I’ll publish the results in next week’s e-newsletter. 






Latest news on COVID-19

You can find up-to-date information from Alberta Public Health or the Public Health Authority of Canada

Alberta Public Health can also be reached by phone at 811.




Benefits for Canadians

There are programs available to help you and your family. 




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