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Fight for your rights
Re The end of Roe V. Wade is the searing legacy of the Trump presidency (June 25): In a country that fervently protects its constitutional rights despite the sometimes tragic social implications, it is shocking to see that American women’s rights to privacy and control of their bodies no longer exist.
Policy overrides priority when a woman can be criminalized for seeking safe reproductive care. When legal provisions dictate that the mental and physical health of a woman carrying an unwanted pregnancy is of no importance. When the policy does not take into account the lives of children born in situations where they are not wanted.
This should be a call to action for American women. Uphold the constitutional rights of women to make decisions about their own bodies and lives. Show US lawmakers that women will continue the relentless fight for reproductive rights and justice. Defend all women whose rights need and deserve to be protected.
Sara JF Becher Toronto
here we are now
Re The West’s own myopia led us to this energy crisis (Opinion, June 25): So, to sum up the current energy conundrum: Western Europe became increasingly dependent on Russian natural gas because they viewed it as preferable to North American fracked gas.
In the struggle to displace Russian gas, US gas producers diverted supplies from China to Europe. China responded by replacing gas with carbon-intensive coal, increasing domestic production, and importing more low-quality coal from Indonesia and Mongolia.
Meanwhile, Germany is shutting down low-carbon nuclear plants and restarting idle coal plants while Russia cuts off its gas supply. Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia, a country he has called a “pariah” state, to request increases in oil production to help reduce crude prices.
This complicated web of trade-offs and unintended consequences, this existential dilemma, could be best summed up by the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, who wrote: “If you marry, you will regret it; if you don’t get married, you will also regret it; whether you marry or do not marry, you will regret both.”
Mark Bessoudo London
Re RCMP Veterans Defend Officer Behind Lucki Accusations (June 23): To the retired members of the RCMP, regarding the investigation and issues related to the Nova Scotia tragedy: Did you have access to all relevant information? Did you have access to the researchers’ notes? Was he present at all relevant meetings? Did you read all the transcripts or were you present during the testimony? Did you provide testimony or were you invited to do so?
If the answer to any of the above is no, then we must reflect on our training and experience, which taught us not to guess or guess and let the facts speak for themselves. Stacking, for or against, seems highly unfair, certainly unproductive, and does not conform to RCMP standards.
norman inkwell RCMP Commissioner (retired), Toronto
Re Unions urged Ottawa to increase staffing ahead of passport backlog (June 23): We may note that Passport Canada and Service Canada are not preparing in time for a predictable surge in passport renewals following the lifting of travel restrictions. We must not take into account Karina Gould, Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and her latest response blaming the victims for the failure of her agency to find creative solutions to the disaster we are witnessing.
As a retired deputy minister responsible for Passport Canada, I know there are solutions. Expired passports can be extended with a simple endorsement on the remarks page for a period of perhaps a year, to spread the renewal burden over the next 12 months and allow Canadians, who had expected adequate service levels, to take the holidays. that they need so much.
Public service seems to have lost sight of a basic principle of work: service. If ministers fail to provide leadership, improvement will be a long time coming
Raphael Girard Montreal
Re Customs delays and chaos are damaging our business reputation (Business Report, June 24): I certainly agree that delays, customs chaos and the antiquated ArriveCan app are damaging our business reputation.
Add to that the fact that Air Canada is canceling 10 percent of its flights and delaying many others, and the cherished notion that Toronto is a world-class city seems distorted.
Remember the days when passengers would clap after their pilot landed on the destination runway? Now, they clap if the plane takes off.
douglas king Burlington, Ont.
Re A youth 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 cover-up? I would follow the money.
I grew up watching the Original Six of the National Hockey League, a time when modestly paid teams played for the love of the game. We now have a huge business disguised as hockey, where most of those involved make millions, from players to owners to hockey paraphernalia hawkers.
If an in-depth investigation were to reveal that some of the players involved in this alleged incident are in the NHL, it would cast a shadow over all of hockey and the bottom line for everyone involved would be affected.
Follow the money. This young woman, and society as a whole, deserve better.
ted parkinson Toronto
save for later
Re Canada’s inflation rate rises to 7.7%, driven by energy costs (June 23): The one-year inflation rate of 7.7 percent draws a lot of attention, as it should. However, does anyone believe that the last three years have been typical?
A year-over-year stat can be misleading in volatile times. For three years, the consumer price index has averaged 3.6 percent, higher than we’d like, but I think it better reflects reality.
Randall Dutka Oakville, Ont.
Re Super Savers Fight Rising Grocery Costs and Inflation, One Bargain at a Time (June 23): A so-called super saver can take up to 45 minutes to pay at the grocery store. The teller 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 home delivery. A teller might accommodate 10-12 customers in an eight-hour shift, which is not a profitable business model.
Susanna Harrop Burlington, Ont.
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