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LETTER: Closed door bylaw should be considered for Bow Valley communities

Editor: A closed-door bylaw should be considered – not just in Banff but also in Canmore – to cut greenhouse gas emissions. It is very easy to fret about the obvious manifestations of climate change such as extreme weather events and wildfires, but it

Editor:

A closed-door bylaw should be considered – not just in Banff but also in Canmore – to cut greenhouse gas emissions. It is very easy to fret about the obvious manifestations of climate change such as extreme weather events and wildfires, but it is not so easy to change some of our personal, often extremely wasteful, behaviours.

However, one easy change would be for Bow Valley business owners to close their front doors in winter, thereby reducing their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and their heating bills.

Members of the Bow Valley Clean Air Society have previously worked with shop owners in Banff and Canmore to keep their front doors closed in winter by handing outdoor signs explaining to their customers the reasoning behind leaving their doors closed.

However, we have noticed that many shop doors continue to remain open in cold weather. Perhaps it’s time for the town of Canmore to also consider a closed-door bylaw as requested by Eva and Paul Silvestre for Banff in a Dec. 2 letter to the editor to the Outlook?

Gian-Duri Giger,

Canmore,

Member of Bow Valley Clean Air Society