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Payette innocent, period
It’s troubling to see the controversy caused by the revelation that former astronaut, businesswoman, community leader and Governor General-designate Julie Payette was once charged with assault in the U.S.
As a lawyer, I see people charged with crimes in situations that don’t warrant legal action. I’m happy when prosecutors see these cases for what they are, and withdraw. In many cases, though, the charges alone have already been unfairly damaging.
Innocent until proven guilty isn’t a cliche. It’s the principle that prevents a person’s future being ruined with a single, unchecked stroke of a pen. Finding a job with a criminal record is hard enough, and it’s problematic that the public today is so willing to vilify someone who’s never been prosecuted, let alone tried and convicted.
Whether we’re talking about governors general, or single parents seeking factory jobs, this public trend of conflating charges with convictions must end.
Let go of cursive writing
Regarding the letter We need cursive writing (July 20).
Twenty-first-century learners do not need to know how to write cursively, nor do they need to use it in daily life. Just as newer technologies have replaced older ones, so too has cursive writing been replaced by fonts on computers. Sure it’s nice to be able to read a document from the 1800s and write without lifting your hand off of the paper, but it’s 2017 and people need to get over it. Besides, one can always teach oneself, just as one would anything else of interest.
BRT numbers all one
Regarding the article City hall preps revamped BRT financials (July 20).
The dollar numbers keep creeping upwards on bus rapid transit. One thing puzzles me, though — why are the dollar figures always mentioned separately? The city has to pay this amount, the province this amount, the feds this amount. Why not just tell it like it is? The taxpayer, which last time I checked there was one of each of us, is on the hook for the total amount. Will the fact that some may think their portion to be paid is small compared to the others may make it more palatable?
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