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Are we perpetuating the systemic neglect of one-third of our population?


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We can always rationalize any decision we make based on the current situation and influences. While at the same time we forget how it affects the future decisions.

We decide to build a school on one side of town over the other side, a stationary store decides to build close to the school for convenience, then we decide to build the second school near the first school and stationary store for convenience. Systemic neglect over the other side.

You can rationalize the short-term convenience as grounds for your decisions. The long view is systemic neglect.

In Red Deer we have 3 fairly even population divisions. One third lives north of the river, one third lives east of 30 Ave. and the other third lives west of 30 Ave. and south of the river. The last third had the first high school.

The next three high schools were built in the second third. The first new high school was built in the second third to encourage development and the next two were built for convenience and the next two high schools will be built in the second third for convenience.

The convenience subsequently meant that the elementary school that was to be built in the first third got moved to the second third as did the Aquatic Centre and subsequently the next aquatic centre.

The reverse side of this systemic neglect is the fact that every undesirable development that faces resistance in the latter two thirds gets built in the first third.

We can rationalize moving every undesirable development to north of the river like industrial parks, low income housing, homeless shelters, etc. CBC said that Red Deer North air quality station has the worst results in Canada, lower income levels, low voter turn-outs, lower education etc. Did we not perpetuate these conditions by our past decisions?

Will we build the next homeless shelter north of the river and the next high school or aquatic centre south of the river?

All indicators are there for continued systemic neglect of the one-third population living north of the river. Please prove me wrong.

Garfield Marks

Political editor/writer and retired oilfield supervisor

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