Letters to the Editor: November 29: “It is only when interest rates rise appropriately that we will be able to see a more even balance between supply and demand. Can Higher Rates Solve the Housing Crisis? Plus other letters to the editor
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Re We Need Answers On Canada’s Response To COVID (November 25): Indeed, the appropriate time for a full investigation should be now. And it would be essential for such a survey to examine the effectiveness of public communications throughout this pandemic, at all levels.
Inadequate or inconsistent public engagement can become the Achilles heel of the world’s most robust warning, risk assessment and preparedness systems.
Andréas Souvaliotis Toronto
Re Liberals under fire after US raises tariffs on softwood lumber (Business Report, November 26): Our government is “disappointed” by US tariffs on softwood lumber. Canadian softwood lumber.
Our leaders may also be “concerned” about Canada’s massive and growing trade deficits with China and the European Union. Perhaps they have “taken note” of prominent think tanks shouting loud and clear about the extremely low levels of capital investment in Canada. Maybe they don’t want to “rock the boat” with bold moves to cut drug costs or tax the Internet giants’ Canadian profits.
If our leaders do not fight for Canadians, our businesses and the economy, Canada will be increasingly shaken by outside interests. The country’s prosperity depends in large part on strong bilateral trade and private investment in Canada. Our leaders should wake up and take a serious interest in our economy.
Tony hooper Toronto
Speech from the Throne suggests Trudeau is eager to establish his legacy – and hang on to the consequences (November 25): Columnist John Ibbitson says Prime Minister has “a weak electoral mandate” to move forward with key priorities such as reconciliation, the fight against climate change, new housing supports and a national childcare program.
The NDP’s policies on these issues during the last campaign were at least as progressive as those of the Liberals and, taken together, won a majority of the votes. In view of this, would it not be the undemocratic approach not to pursue these initiatives, rather than to continue them?
Doug Ewart Toronto
Re BoC warns of destabilized economy with rates set to rise (November 24): If a young couple in Toronto or Vancouver pays $ 2,500 a month in rent, that same $ 30,000 over a year can earn much more a million dollars at the current loan rates. If they can find savings or homemaking for a down payment, it is understandable why the demand for housing far exceeds supply with prices rising.
This was not possible when many of us paid between 7% and 12% on mortgages in the past. Money is now rapidly losing value due to inflation.
It is only when interest rates rise appropriately that we will be able to see a more equal balance between supply and demand.
Laurie Kochen Toronto
New report by nonprofits asks Canadian businesses to prioritize goal over money (Business Report, Nov 25): Goal can help businesses earn more or lose less silver. The report does not ask them to avoid self-interest, but to practice it in a more nuanced way – to seek the good as a means of doing good, and not as a moral end in itself.
Joel bakan Vancouver
Re The Costs of Ignoring Canada’s Climate Calculation Are Huge (Nov 24): Reducing the amount of damage from future climate devastation requires bold investments in adaptation, more early warning systems efficient to more resilient roads, bridges and dikes.
While the upfront costs may seem huge, the Global Commission on Adaptation estimated two years ago that the benefits far outweigh the costs by four to one. In Canada, the federal government has only recently started responding to the need for an adaptation plan.
He should spearhead an urgent national process, bringing together provincial governments and municipalities across the country, as columnist Gary Mason puts it, “to establish a comprehensive climate adaptation plan that begins now. Not in years.
Roy Culpeper President, Group of 78 Ottawa
Re France, Great Britain Spar Over Migrant Crossings After Noyades (November 26): So continues the ever-growing litany of tragic stories of those seeking security and the freedom of want in Western Europe.
After having endured God knows how many trials and dangers to reach Europe, why are so many refugees ready to take on a new bet by risking such perilous crossings of the Channel? That those numbers have tripled this year suggests to me utter despair, at the root of which it should be imperative to examine and find a cure.
Rather than swallow the explanation that Britain is at fault because of its lax immigration policy, is the boot surely on the other foot? These refugees in France do not receive any government assistance. Their status remains precarious, often for years. Until this complex issue receives adequate attention on the mainland side of the Channel, such tragedies are likely destined to go on and on.
Alain Scrivener Cornwall, Ont.
Men and women
Re Femicides Are On The Rise, Inflamed By The Pandemic, Data Show (November 25): Since becoming a member of the Canadian Federation of University Women, our organization has been campaigning to end violence against women and in particular the femicide. Basically, we haven’t made any progress and I don’t think we will – until more men start to see these blatant attacks on human rights as a serious problem.
We know that men are the most common perpetrators of domestic violence. But when did these men hear from other men that such behavior is unacceptable? When have other men refused to laugh at their crass jokes or support their degrading language? We know these things happen, and we know there are men who ignore it.
Until femicide becomes a problem for all men, women will likely continue to be murdered by their intimate partners or by men who know them. A request to men: act and speak out to end this odious situation.
Linda sheppard Toronto
Death is a funny thing
Re A Sign Of Our Debased Times: Vulgarity Is On The Rise, The Spirit Is On The Wane (November 26): The late Norm Macdonald once appeared on View, ostensibly to atone for a perceived moral transgression. To the incomprehension of the animators, he notes that everything is irrelevant in the comedy.
Therefore, when culture is reduced to politics, the comedy must be crushed. Both camps seem to know it, hence the vulgarity of the right, which aims to stifle the spirit, and the police of the speech of the left, which intends to kill spontaneity.
Where comedy dies, a totalitarian culture emerges.
Ryan whyte Toronto
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