Now that the Town of Canmore has recognized the state of climate emergency and is "committed to taking meaningful action related to environmental stewardship" the time has come to take action if these are not to prove just hollow words.
Where better to start than on our town’s own doorstep and the municipal heliport that we lease out.
The thousands of heli-tour flights that operate out of this heliport every summer create a headache for local residents, spray exhaust over the Bow Valley and disturb wildlife throughout the mountains.
As a mountain town with aspirations towards better protecting our environment, we should be directing visitors to our wonderful trail systems.
What better way to enjoy the mountains than as peaceful observers rather than riding in noisy, polluting, intrusive machines?
To the town council of Canmore, I look to you to make the right decision when this lease soon comes up for renewal.