Letters from Thursday: Edmonton is lagging behind in attracting large enterprise

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March 25, 2021March 25, 2021Read for 2 minutes 12 comments The Shaw building in downtown Calgary was photographed on Monday March 15, 2021.  Rogers Communications announced a $ 26 billion deal to purchase Shaw Communications. The Shaw building in downtown Calgary was photographed on Monday March 15, 2021. Rogers Communications announced a $ 26 billion deal to purchase Shaw Communications. Photo by Gavin Young /Postal media

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Lost in the Calgary peddling that maintained western Canadian Rogers headquarters, jobs, and investments is the fact that Edmonton lost all of that in the 1990s. Shaw left Edmonton with several other companies in the past few decades for Vancouver, Calgary, and elsewhere. Since then, technology, finance, energy, utilities and other companies have built their presence, opened offices, created jobs and investments in other cities while overlooking Edmonton.

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Edmonton’s corporate business is clearly lagging behind other major Canadian competitors. Recently, Shopify, Netflix and Amazon announced new office jobs in Vancouver and DeBeers, Dominion and Infosys in Calgary. Edmonton had 20 headquarters in 2020, nine more than Regina, 97 fewer than Calgary, and 67 fewer than Vancouver.

When was the last time a company announced a new presence in Edmonton with 500-1,000 new jobs? When will Edmonton start competing at the big boys table for jobs, investments, and industry?

Brad Leonard, Edmonton

Racism more urgent than rodeo debate

Reference. “Anti-racism debate stalled due to rodeo discussion”, March 23rd

So Jason would rather discuss whether rodeo should be our provincial sport, which I’ve never heard of, than discuss the growing problem of racism and discrimination. People are being terrorized and that shouldn’t be happening. That’s not what Canada is about.

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Just when you think Kenney can’t go any deeper, he finds a basement. Once again it shows who and what he really is.

Claudia Langlois, Edmonton

Hand disinfectant packaging defective

Anna Junker writes in her March 23 article in the Edmonton Journal that accidental disinfectant poisoning is on the rise.

The purpose of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act is to “protect the public by addressing or preventing threats to human health or safety posed by consumer products in Canada.” Section 9 of the Act reads in part: “No person shall (a) package or label a consumer product in any way, including anything that is false, misleading or deceptive – that can reasonably be expected to give a false impression, that poses no risk to human health or safety “… which, in my opinion, means that no person may package or label a consumer product in such a way that consumers believe that the product is safe even though it could pose a hazard to them.

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How is the packaging of hand sanitizer in beer cans and wine bottles or packaging labeled with fruit and other foods and smells that could in any way make the product attractive to young children, legally or unintentionally? It seems that the law and its regulations are not being enforced, so what’s the point of making it in effect?

Audrey Fodchuk, Spruce Grove

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