Letters to the Editor: September 18: “Politicians, government officials and the medical community outside and inside Alberta were fairly unanimously alarmed when the restrictions were unwisely lifted. Alberta declares health emergency, plus other letters to the editor
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Status of vaccination
Re Alberta Introduces Vaccine-passport System (September 16): As a political scientist (retired), I am fully aware that any federal intervention in the management of COVID-19 in Alberta would have been constitutionally problematic, even if it would have saved us of the current disaster. Other politicians, government officials and the medical community outside and inside Alberta were fairly unanimously alarmed when the restrictions were unwisely lifted in July.
It goes beyond the simple inconvenience for properly vaccinated and economical damage. When cancer and other elective surgeries are postponed, innocent lives are lost, not to mention unvaccinated victims who succumb in large numbers to the pandemic.
Sitting on a plane to France, French COVID-19 passports in hand, we can expect a safer environment where we can be sure that everyone who shares an enclosed public space is vaccinated.
We feel privileged but sad to temporarily escape the madness at home, and thank the occasional benefits of a centralized system of government.
Manuel Mertin Dean Emeritus, Mount Royal University; Calgary
Will the pain of death be a wake-up call for unvaccinated Americans? (September 16): Columnist Robyn Urback uses the excellent phrase âinstinctive contrarianismâ to describe what prompts the hesitant to vaccinate.
I remember Marlon Brando’s response in The wild to someone who asked him, “Hey Johnny, what are you rebelling against?” He said, “What’s the matter?”
Christophe Kelk Toronto
Time to lead
It’s a great election. We Should Discuss Big Issues (Opinion, September 11): I was both encouraged and devastated by the opinion of contributor Jesse Wente. Encouraged because he understands so perfectly the crossroads where we find ourselves in our human existence, and devastated because I fear that his hopeful call to rise above politics will overtake our current political system.
As he writes, one way or another, humans will have to meet this moment; the ability of our political leaders to rise above the fray and lead us might be the thing that determines our chances of success.
Cheryl lewis Toronto
Good debt, bad debt
Re Spending Spree (Letters, September 11): The privileged in our society, including a writer who is a Stauffer-Dunning Fellow at Queen’s University, seem more concerned about debt than the vulnerable people who suffer so much from the lack of government funding .
Yet we spend billions to subsidize big companies and billions to clean up the environment when big companies exhaust it and ignore its limits. We donate billions for investment-friendly policies and expensive contracts that benefit the most privileged. We have designed loopholes to hide the wealth and keep the rich paying as little tax as possible.
It seems to me that as long as the debt is contracted to support and bail out the rich, it rarely raises the elites’ eyebrows. Debt only seems to matter when it is incurred to support those who need it most.
Would the writer of the letter be prepared to accept the rich leading the effort to balance the debt?
Heidi Vamvalis London, Ont.
Is the oil good?
Re our bogus electoral debate on the tar sands will not stop their growth (Opinion, September 11): How many elephants can fit in this 2050 room at net zero?
A Calgary investor projects that Canada will produce 25 percent of the free world’s crude by 2030. The Liberals vaguely hint at unspecified production caps. The Conservatives hope to significantly increase the supply. Columnist Konrad Yakabuski’s honesty is appreciated, but if he’s right, tougher times are coming – and soon.
Greta Thunberg, climate experts and those whose homes have been decimated by fires or floods are right to ask us to vote for science-based emergency climate action.
Bob landell Victoria
Leadership in Canada should not âswear to be tough on the oil industryâ. It should be about creating a long-term plan that accepts the reality of climate science.
At the same time, oil and gas workers deserve the nation’s gratitude for the work they have done to get us to where we are. They also deserve the support that will be needed in the decades to come to preserve their livelihoods as change occurs.
We need leadership with a credible plan to diversify Canada’s energy portfolio to ensure that we are not left behind as the world moves forward and to ensure that the workers on whom we are now count will be part of the solution. Jobs in the oil sector will not disappear completely over the next two decades, but they are set to become more precarious.
Politicians should recognize this with plans starting now, to be ready for later.
Anne Hogarth Toronto
Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, columnist Konrad Yakabuski assures us, “lives in the real world” because he called a recent report by the International Agency a “La La Land fantasy”. energy warning that the world must immediately end all further oil exploration. He might live well in the real world, but with temperatures of 56C likely to become common in the Middle East, how long he can continue to live in Saudi Arabia is a whole other question.
Murray reiss Salt Spring Island, BC
Location, location, location
Re Tennis Stars Serve Up Proof Of Immigration’s Benefits (September 11): I couldn’t agree more with columnist Marcus Gee on the benefits of immigration and the example of our successful tennis players on the world stage . Unfortunately, among the top stars, only Bianca Andreescu currently mentions Canada as her place of residence.
The others have residences elsewhere: FÃ©lix Auger-Aliassime in Monte Carlo, Denis Shapovalov in Nassau, Leylah Fernandez in Florida, EugÃ©nie Bouchard in Las Vegas. As our politicians talk about wealth taxes and marginal rates that rise to pay massive deficits, the example of tennis is a good reminder that individuals (immigrants or otherwise) who are successful in their fields of expertise can take their skills and wealth elsewhere.
If we do not have a competitive tax system, Canada loses.
Shane O’Leary Victoria
Re A Grand Experiment (Arts & Pursuits, September 11): Museums should welcome all visitors, once or anytime. What Canadian director James Bradburne does at Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan with a members-only strategy puts art beyond the reach of the masses and makes it a boon to the wealthy.
He says he didn’t want to rely on visitors to measure the success of the museum, but that’s precisely how it should be measured.
Phil rantucci White Rock, BC
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