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Climate change specialist needs community buy-in

Dear Editor, Floods cost Canadians almost $4 billion from 2005 to 2014, and that’s just the federal disaster payouts.
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Dear Editor,

Floods cost Canadians almost $4 billion from 2005 to 2014, and that’s just the federal disaster payouts.

There’s a whole lot of sandbags in everyone’s future, even though the Environmental Master Plan lays out some solid ways to mitigate flood risk.

So it’s fantastic that the town brought in someone who knows what she’s doing.

I just hope she can get enough community buy-in during her two-year term.

But I think most people care a whole lot less about arguing climate change than they care about water in the basement.

The things she’s working on can make a real quality-of-life difference.

I’m excited for the energy use data she collects and the model she builds from it.

And if that data goes public, it could help home and business owners make solid financial decisions based on real evidence.

I grew up in Okotoks and I know my parents would love to go back.

I don’t want to worry about them settling down to a soggy, expensive retirement.

Jonathan Olfert

Edmonton