Letters to the editor: Might 17: ‘Banning Canadians from air and rail journey feels now not applicable.’ Will we nonetheless want journey vaccine mandates? Plus different letters to the editor

A passenger checks in at Toronto’s Pearson Airport on Oct. 29, 2021.Chris Younger/The Canadian Press

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Mandates right now

re Not Like The Different (Letters, Might 13): A letter-writer’s granddaughter posits an equivalence between those that oppose abortion and people who protest vaccine mandates. One other author, in reply, reverses this by suggesting that those that help selection in relation to abortion wish to deny selection in relation to vaccines and masks mandates.

Nobody will come down with an abortion from publicity to a lady who has had one. With COVID-19, we’re nonetheless susceptible to critical sickness and even loss of life from associating, even casually, with individuals who can’t grasp the idea of group, and their obligations as a part of it.

Invoice Molesworth Midland, Ont.


re Do We Nonetheless Want Journey Vaccine Mandates? (Might 13): Banning Canadians from air and rail journey feels now not applicable for various causes. At this level, I discover it an pointless and illogical infringement on particular person rights of mobility.

I’ve had 4 vaccines, however have all the time been uncomfortable with this specific coverage.

Jill Wykes Toronto

Second thought

re Mass Taking pictures In Buffalo Demonstrates The Failure Of The US To Cease Gun Violence (Might 16): So long as our associates beneath the forty ninth parallel have a constitutional rights to bear arms, US governments will be unable to cease gun violence. Interval.

Vicki Nash-Moore Collingwood, Ont.

half life

re Wrongfully Convicted Of Homicide, David Milgaard Dies At 69 (Might 16): David Milgaard died on the age of 69, however given the 23 years stolen from him, it’s extra like he solely lived 46 of them.

Our police forces and justice techniques ought to do higher.

John Overing Lorraine, Que.

Excessive intoxication

re Prime Courtroom Guidelines On Excessive Intoxication (Might 14): The Supreme Courtroom of Canada dominated that intoxication to the purpose of automatism is an admissible defence. This could ship chills down the spines of not simply the weak and defenceless, however any Canadian who harbored respect and belief for our Supreme Courtroom.

John Scully Toronto


I am not a lawyer. Nevertheless, plainly our Supreme Courtroom bought its resolution on excessive intoxication improper.

The courtroom says one should not be punished for involuntary conduct. Nevertheless, an individual would have been in charge of themselves when changing into intoxicated or excessive, and will due to this fact all the time be accountable for subsequent actions.

Actions have penalties. This is perhaps a great place for presidency to make use of the however clause in additional laws.

Peter Hambly Hanover, Ont.

Should you construct it

re Opening The Door To Extra Residence Constructing (Editorial, Might 13): Constructing 1.5 million new homes will not be merely a matter of zoning. It might be a bodily impossibility.

The development business in Ontario is affected by a scarcity of expert labor and already falling behind in finishing tasks underneath means or authorised. Add to this provide chain points and the size of the issue turns into apparent to me.

My neighbor in Muskoka is a contractor. The query his colleagues ask one another will not be, “How a lot work do you’ve got?” however moderately, “What number of guys are you brief?”

The place will Ontario discover the 1000’s of carpenters, masons, roofers, plumbers and electricians to construct these promised properties?

Jim Reynolds Niagara on the Lake, Ont.


“Ontario noticed 81,158 housing completions in 2021, up 20 % from the typical of the earlier 5 years.” What number of of those properties got here on the expense of older ones?

In our Toronto neighborhood, well-built bungalows are usually razed to make room for monster properties two or thrice as large. Town may go to nice lengths to save lots of previous timber on heaps, however properties of comparable ages are demolished with out a lot fuss.

Many profit via this loopy cycle, however the variety of householders doesn’t improve and the surroundings tanks. Extra civic oversight must be positioned over the demolition of older properties – say on the degree given to previous oak timber – and maybe a hefty demolition tax imposed within the case of well-functioning ones.

Matthew Edwards Toronto


Definitely extra properties are wanted the place inhabitants progress is making housing unaffordable. City density can also be higher for the surroundings. However good grief, let’s do that with a little bit of sensitivity to current residents of affected neighborhoods.

My little facet road in Kitsilano accommodates single-family properties and two-storey duplexes. If Vancouver’s Broadway Plan is endorsed by metropolis council on Might 18, it will rezone my road to permit 18-storey rental towers extra suited to arterial roads.

Whereas that will assist get politicians off the hook concerning the housing disaster, it will not do a lot for me. I purchased my “half-duplex” 9 years in the past as a retirement residence, with my life financial savings, being unable to afford a indifferent residence.

Please, metropolis councils, just a little widespread sense and consideration.

Barbara Yaffe Vancouver


re overdoing it (Letters, Might 13): In discussing housing, a letter-writer asks: “Would any delicate society open up the meals provide … to be purchased and managed for revenue?” Is not that precisely what our society does?

George Olsen Calgary

The longer term is…

re It is The Local weather (Letters, Might 13): The existence of “consumers prepared to burn it” doesn’t make the failure to cut back our dependence on fossil fuels okay. It merely underscores to me how far Canadians have come: from a market-based economic system to a market-driven society.

Frank Grossman Toronto


re Thoughts’s Eye (Letters, Might 13): Impressed by gorgeous images of a black gap, a letter-writer’s eloquent testimonial invitations us to “simply think about what the longer term will convey.” If our day by day fare of world information is any information, the longer term does not look good.

Our dwelling planet might find yourself a dull rock spinning aimlessly via area, laid to waste by human exploitation, wars, greed, violence and ignorance. However medieval mystic Julian of Norwich counsels us to not despair: “All shall be effectively, all shall be effectively, and all method of factor shall be effectively.”

However there’s a drawback with this. As a chunk of folk-wisdom places it: “We get too quickly previous, and too late schmart.”

Michael Hadley Victoria

55 years

re Leafs Face Lengthy Highway Again As One other Postseason Slips Away (Sports activities, Might 16): Have a look at the brilliant facet: The Leafs, in opposition to all odds, saved their streak alive.

John Beamish Toronto


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