It was very disappointing to see the photo on the cover of the Rocky Mountain Outlook recent Aug. 6 issue.
The photo of a man doing "stylized back flip" off the Canmore Engine Bridge is not only an act of poor behaviour, it breaks the Bylaw that Canmore council passed in April, 2019 banning the activity.
The related article in the RMO on April 11, 2019 reported: "Under the Town’s new parks bylaw, anyone caught jumping or rappelling from Town owned infrastructure into a body of water could face a $500 fine. We’re trying to protect people and the rescuers who would have to respond to such an event,” said Lisa Guest, supervisor of parks.
With the high volume of rescue calls overextending Kananaskis and Parks Canada public safety and EMS services and requests for people to take safety measures when recreating, this recent photo and caption provide readers with the encouragement to do just the thing the emergency crews and the Town of Canmore are telling people not to do.
As a subscriber of the RMO and concerned Bow Valley resident, I would expect the local paper to advocate safe and responsible behavior. Thank you for the opportunity to express my concerns.