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Re The end of Roe V. Wade is the burning legacy of Trump’s presidency (June 25): In a country that fervently protects its constitutional rights despite sometimes tragic societal implications, it is shocking that women’s rights Americans to privacy and control over their bodies no longer exist.
Politics takes over when a woman can be criminalized for seeking safe reproductive care. When court rulings dictate that the mental and physical health of a woman who carries an unwanted pregnancy does not matter. When the policy ignores the lives of children born in situations where they are not wanted.
This must be a call to action for American women. To defend women’s constitutional rights to make decisions about their own bodies and lives. To show US lawmakers that women will continue the hard fight for reproductive rights and justice. Defend all women whose rights must and deserve to be protected.
Sara JF Becher Toronto
here we are now
Re The short-sightedness of the West has led us to this energy crisis (Opinion, June 25): So, to sum up the current energy conundrum: Western Europe has become increasingly dependent on Russian natural gas because it considered it preferable to North America’s fractured gas.
In the rush to replace Russian gas, US gas producers have diverted supplies from China to Europe. China responded by replacing gas with high-carbon coal, increasing domestic production and importing more low-quality coal from Indonesia and Mongolia.
Germany, meanwhile, is shutting down low-carbon nuclear power plants and restarting inactive coal-fired power plants as Russia cuts its gas supply. Joe Biden is set to visit Saudi Arabia – a country he has called a “pariah” state – to demand an increase in oil production to help bring down crude prices.
This complicated web of trade-offs and unintended consequences – this existential dilemma – could best be summed up by philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, who wrote: “If you get married, you will regret it; if you don’t get married, you will regret it too; whether you marry or do not marry, you will regret both.
Marc Bessoudo London
Re RCMP Veterans Defend Officer Behind Lucki Allegations (June 23): To other retired RCMP members, regarding the investigation and issues related to the Nova Scotia tragedy: Have you had access to all relevant information? Did you have access to the notes of the investigators? Were you present at all relevant meetings? Did you read all the transcripts or were you present during the depositions? Did you testify or were you invited to do so?
If the answer to any of the above questions is no, then we should reflect on our training and experience, which has taught us not to guess or guess and to let the facts speak for themselves. Piling up, for or against, seems highly unfair, certainly unproductive and not up to RCMP standards.
Norman Inkster RCMP Commissioner (retired), Toronto
Unions urge Ottawa to increase staffing ahead of passport backlog (June 23): We could ensure that Passport Canada and Service Canada don’t prepare in time to deal with a predictable increase in passport renewals following the lifting of travel restrictions. We should disregard Karina Gould, Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and her latest response blaming victims for her agency’s inability to come up with creative solutions to the mess we are witnessing.
As a retired assistant deputy minister responsible for Passport Canada, I know there are solutions. Expired passports can be extended with a simple mention on the observations page for a period of perhaps a year, in order to spread the renewal burden over the next 12 months and to allow Canadians, who were expecting adequate levels of service, to take much-needed vacations.
The civil service seems to have lost sight of a fundamental principle of the profession: service. If ministers don’t show leadership, improvement will be a long time coming
Raphael Girard Montreal
On delays, customs chaos is hurting our company’s reputation (Report on Business, June 24): I certainly agree that delays, customs chaos and the outdated ArriveCan app are hurting our company’s reputation.
Add to that the fact that Air Canada is canceling 10% of its flights and delaying countless others, and the cherished idea that Toronto is a world-class city seems distorted.
Remember when passengers cheered after their pilot landed on the tarmac at their destination? Now they cheer if the plane takes off.
Douglas King Burlington, Ont.
Re A junior hockey scandal that should make us all sick (June 24): I too am disgusted by this alleged gang rape of a young woman by junior hockey players. But why the concealment? I would follow the money.
I grew up watching the National Hockey League’s Original Six, a time when modestly paid teams played for the love of the game. Now we have big corporations disguised as hockey, where millions are made by most of the people involved, from players to owners to those who sell hockey accessories.
If a thorough investigation were to reveal that some of the players involved in this alleged incident are in the NHL, a shadow would be cast over all of hockey and the results of everyone involved would suffer.
Follow the money. This young woman, and society as a whole, deserve better.
Ted Parkinson Toronto
save for later
Re Canada’s inflation rate climbs to 7.7%, pushed by energy costs (June 23): The year-on-year inflation rate of 7.7% is attracting a lot of attention, as it must. However, does anyone believe that the past three years have been typical?
A year-over-year statistic can be misleading in times of volatility. Over three years, the consumer price index has averaged 3.6% – more than we would like, but I think it reflects reality better.
Randall Dutka Oakville, Ont.
Re Super savers battle rising grocery costs and inflation, one bargain at a time (June 23): A so-called super saver can take up to 45 minutes to check out the grocery store. The cashier turns off his “open” light when he sees a super saver coming.
If this frugal behavior becomes widespread, grocery stores may have to close and switch to door-to-door delivery. A cashier could accommodate around 10-12 customers in an eight hour shift, which is not a profitable business model.
Susan Harrop Burlington, Ont.
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