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Re With Hospitals in Crisis, It’s Time There Are Consequences for Stubborn Vaccines (January 5): To that I say: Right now.
Michel benoit Toronto
I understand the frustration expressed by columnist Gary Mason. I’m sure many in our country also agree.
However, the subtle message is that somehow the unvaccinated should come to the end of the line when hospitalization is required. Hopefully most Canadians would find it abhorrent that people who have neglected their health, whether through smoking, diet, stress, or choosing a vaccine, do not receive quality health care. our health services.
Hopefully we would never stoop to that kind of “we told you so” mentality.
Steven main London, Ont.
Re Medicine’s Gender Power Gap Prepares Women for Unequal Pay (Dec 31): Societal Change Takes Time. A hundred years ago there were no women in medical schools. Fifty years ago we were 20 percent of the class and now 50 percent.
Women should do their job. Do them well. And shut up. I believe meritocracy will come.
Juanita crook MD, FRCPC; professor of radiation oncology, University of British Columbia; chair in brachytherapy, BC Cancer; Kelowna, BC
Disability and poverty
Re Disability Advocate Al Etmanski wants Canada to make history with new guaranteed income policy (January 1): Al Etmanski’s goal of establishing guaranteed income with Bill C-35 would reduce poverty experienced by people with disabilities.
According to Statistics Canada, 28 percent of people with severe disabilities live in poverty. This number is likely higher because the Canadian poverty line does not take into account the additional cost of disability – it can cost 40% more to live as a person with a disability.
People with disabilities traditionally live on lower incomes due to a culture of exclusion. A guaranteed income would allow people to pay for their drugs and assistive devices and fully integrate into society, just as the Guaranteed Income Supplement does for low-income seniors.
Eligibility should be based on the human rights principles set out in the Accessible Canada Act and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Bill C-35 would respect the rights of Canadians with disabilities to inclusive citizenship, dignity and well-being.
Alexandra creighton PhD student, health policy and equity; Toronto
Prime real estate
Here are four decisions the PM must stop avoiding (January 1): 24 Sussex, to me, has no historical value. I suspect most Canadians think this way because no one can have the audacity to spend money on it.
I would suggest they bring in the excavators and dump trucks and start over. Hold a competition of (younger?) Canadian architects to build something cool and worthy of the leader of a Group of Seven country.
I want our Prime Minister to greet other leaders with the message that we are a team to contend with, not someone who lives in a dump and can’t even take care of their own home. .
Bill McEachern Thornbury, Ont.
$ 36 million to renovate a house? Forget it, this is not the White House.
Burns down the National Capital Commission and demolishes 24 Sussex Street. Taxpayers’ money must be respected and the Canadian government can build for less.
Karen andersen Toronto
Why not invite Canada’s leading environmental tech companies to design and renovate 24 Sussex, or build a new residence to showcase sustainable and green residential construction?
If they did it at cost, it would lower the taxpayer bill and give these businesses the opportunity to display and promote their energy efficient construction.
What better way for companies to market themselves and for Canada to lead the way in changing the way we build for the future?
Carol Gottlob Burlington, Ont.
To slow down
Re A Simple Solution For A Better 2022: Everybody Hit The Brakes (Opinion, January 1): We need a movement against the private automobile, just like we have had a movement against smoking and cigarette advertising. Our cities spend so much on roads and to promote the use of roads mainly by cars, and today also for alternative transport. The easiest and cheapest way to secure travel? Reduce speed limits.
Winnipeg tries four different streets (with bike lanes) for a year at a limit of 30 kilometers per hour. I appreciate this small step, but many drivers still ignore the limit. It should be a general reduction to get the lower gear to sink in and get people out of their ruts.
I often think that we could promote public transport better by lowering speed limits for all cars, but leaving higher limits in place for buses.
Tim brandt Winnipeg
Art and artists
Can you still enjoy Harry Potter if you don’t want to support JK Rowling? (Notice, December 30): There is a resurgence of a depleted mode of art interpretation that derives value from the work of art from the person of the artist. It is perhaps worth remembering that the purest expression of this form of art interpretation was that of Soviet Russia, where the censors also decided to “minimize a person’s cultural influence. and his work ”, based not on the work of art but on the artist’s political unreliability.
Ryan whyte Toronto
Do not play
A shameful shutdown of theaters in Ontario and Quebec (January 5): I recently took my granddaughter to see the highly anticipated Spider-Man movie. I was the first to buy tickets for this performance. It is clearly stated that moviegoers should not change seats.
Soon someone was sitting right in front of us in a nearly empty auditorium. I suggested that my granddaughter move out, but she didn’t want to break any rules.
Four other people were seated directly behind us. I was embarrassed and distracted by their coughing and proximity, but decided to stay put. When we got up to leave, two of the four behind us were maskless.
Staff told me there was no social distancing, but there was a mask policy. I like films but when is complacency not complicity?
Columnist Barry Hertz writes that theaters “have one of the most controlled indoor public environments.” If my experience is what to expect, then close them.
Jane allen Toronto
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