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Dave Rudichuk, Edmonton
Make swimming part of curriculum
We need to push for something positive to come out of all the recent drownings in the province. I call upon people to lobby the education minister and premier to have mandatory swimming lessons added to our physical education curriculum, starting at Grades 4 through 8 at minimum.
Learning to swim is a life skill that many may not have access to outside of the education system. I do not know the circumstances surrounding these recent drownings, but if we can prevent tragedies from happening because bystanders or people involved have the skill set to assist or help themselves, we would all benefit.
I recognize in the midst of a pandemic this request to lobby the government seems out of touch in light of other ongoing issues, but we need to give some thought to making swimming lessons a necessary part of the skills taught to children. I further recognize some districts and schools already have voluntary programs to encourage students to learn to swim.
We need to do more and institute changes to our curriculum and add swimming as a fundamental piece.
Joy Hudson, Sherwood Park
Courtesy on trails will prevent mishaps
I completely agree that silent cyclists are dangerous. I cycle the river valley trails almost every day. The trails are very busy these days as we all work at keeping our sanity during this pandemic
I use my bell every time I pass someone for my safety as well as theirs. My bell is often not heard because a lot of solo walkers/runners have headphones on. I also find people do not move to the right when they hear the ring. I slow down as I never know which way people will go once they hear my bell.