Letters to the Editor: July 29

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Liberal labour legislation thoughtless

Of all the disastrous mistakes by the Ontario Liberals already, the new labour legislation may become the most catastrophic.

The Liberals should have introduced $15 minimum wage long before now. Raising it all at once will create major job losses, inflation and higher interest rates.

The legislation plans to allow unionization of all workers in Ontario, part time, farm labour and even nannies. Remember the companies which have closed in southern Ontario because of the unions: Northern Electric, Kellogg, Electromotive Diesel, Ford and Sterling Trucks (St. Thomas), International Trucks (Chatham), Dana (St. Marys) and others. What company will ever invest in Ontario? We will soon face job losses, rising interest rates, NAFTA negotiations reducing our exports and massive debt. Businesses will shut down without giving a reason, and no explanations will bring back the jobs.

Thomas Taylor


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Litany of broken promises

So what exactly is a “stretch goal?” The Liberal list of broken promises gets an addition with the news that Ontario auto insurance rates already are Canada’s highest and going up again when Premier Kathleen Wynne said she would lower them.

The Fraser Institute report found Ontario had the highest electricity rates (what a shocker) all caused by the Liberals, and Wynne is still signing contracts to make it worse. The “fair hydro plan” is so wrong on every level and Wynne knows it but hopes the nickel she’s tossing us will distract us long enough to vote her back to the trough.

We have the highest tuition rates in Canada.

It’s good to be first but under Wynne we are just No. 1 in costs for everything. She won’t stop, people. She thinks she is smarter than everyone else. Ontario has got to toss her out next election.

Dave Mason


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$15 minimum wage a loser

Kathleen Wynne thinks a $15 minimum wage is a win-win for her government, but no it’s not for business. Companies find her government’s stand on increasing the minimum wage is cutting into their bottom lines. When this happens they feel like moving to another location might be best. When this happens Ontario suffers.

Wynne thinks raising the minimum wage will give her government more in taxes.

It would be a win-win if more businesses wanted to come to Ontario but with increased electricity costs and increased wages they want to move somewhere else.

Sorry, Premier Wynne, but like most things your government has tried, this is another losing proposition. Just like your attempts at fixing the health care system, the insurance system and the hydro system, all losers.

Paul Leinweber

St. Marys

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Taxpayers footing the bill

Ontario families deserve to have their tax dollars respected. In Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario, that’s not the case. That’s because the Wynne-Liberals striped the Auditor General’s power to block partisan government ads. This has meant Ontario families are paying millions of dollars for ads the Auditor General would not have approved under the old rules.

Ontario families shouldn’t have to foot the bill for Kathleen Wynne’s vanity ads. This is money that should be going toward things we value most, like our hospitals, schools and services for those in need.

The Ontario PCs will put a stop to the waste. An Ontario PC government will restore the Auditor General’s power to block partisan government ads. We will stop wasting money, spend wisely, and put Ontario families first.

Eric Weniger


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Stroke survivors duped

Kathleen Wynne and her Liberals have failed to eliminate age discrimination against our young adult stroke survivors between 20 and 64, forcing these patients to spend upward of $40,000 a year to purchase private stroke recovery programs in a supposed public health care system.

Wynne’s Liberals use age discrimination in an attempt to balance their health care budget.

In the 2018 Ontario Election I urge all stroke patients and their family members to vote for a candidate other than the Liberal candidates. Politicians who behave badly should never be rewarded with re-election.

Jim McEwen


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Hydro One deal a travesty

Can anyone rationalize why our Ontario Liberal government sold 51 per cent of Hydro One during the past two years with no voter mandate while Hydro One is applying for a four per cent increase in distribution rates and the Ontario Fair Hydro Act includes transferring $2.5 billion in billings or almost 10 per cent of it’s customers during the next three years to our tax expense because folks just can’t afford electricity anymore? Hydro One announced it is investing $6.5 billion in an all-cash deal to buy Avista in the U.S. to prompt growth.

How does any Liberal MPP and Premier Wynne sleep at night ?

Chris Butler


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Coal-fire investment dirty

Re. Hydro One deal opposes Ontario’s moral values

It seems we have come down one huge notch. The point of closing down Ontario coal plants was to quickly lower CO2 levels so we can have a liveable world. How do we reach that goal if Hydro One makes self-defeating business deals?

Did those of us who divested from the fossil fuel industry make a foolish mistake now that we are about to own shares in the biggest coal-firing plants in the U.S. Midwest?

Contrary to Mr. Thibeaut, I suggest that what another business does is our business when it defeats our purpose. Let’s forge a law that complements our coal law. Let’s make it illegal for Ontario to profit from coal related ventures. Let’s make this retroactive to include the deal between Hydro One and Avista Utilities.

Carole Lavallee

Chelmsford, Ont

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Avista purchase immoral

Regarding David Reevely’s column Hydro One deal opposes Ontario’s moral values (July 25)

Between 2011 and 2013, on behalf of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, I led delegations to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to ask them to stop using my tax dollars to finance coal-fired power plants.

In July 2013, the World Bank announced it would no longer finance coal projects except in extreme circumstances.

As a stakeholder in Hydro One, I oppose Hydro One’s multi­billion-dollar purchase of Avista.

A June 2017 letter in the journal Nature warned avoiding dangerous levels of climate change is just about possible, but will require unprecedented effort and co-ordination from governments, businesses, citizens and scientists in the next three years.

This is not an unprecedented effort. It is capitulation to the climate dismissive forces out there.

I agree with Reevely that, “Coal is dangerous for everyone,” and opposes “Ontario’s moral values.”

Cathy Orlando


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BRT study flawed

Regarding the story BRT benefit pegged at $1.18 per dollar (July 22). The finding that the proposed rapid-transit system would result in $1.18 benefit for every $1 invested is flawed due to the omission of tremendous costs the BRT would cause.

The cost of increased traffic congestion is not included in the BRT business case nor is the cost of business closures along the BRT corridors and downtown as a result of reduced private vehicle access or the cost of reduced safety as a result of additional traffic being routed through pedestrian-heavy residential neighbourhoods.

Without these costs included, the system’s business plan should be viewed as a sales pitch, not a balanced evaluation of a possible approach to addressing London’s transportation challenges.

Rocky Moretti


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Fast action needed

Regarding the article Top court clarifies NEB’s duty to consult (July 27). The Supreme Court has sided with pipeline giant Enbridge over local Indigenous community’s opposition. We need a strong National Energy Board and environmental approval process that respects the right of Indigenous peoples to full, free and informed consent in line with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

We need to stop forcing communities to choose between lengthy and expensive court cases and accepting the crumbs offered by companies like Enbridge.

We need trade agreements that do not put us at risk of lawsuits for protecting environment, workers rights, or local economy (and that’s why the renegotiation of NAFTA is so important).

We need a very high and rising price on carbon in the form of a revenue neutral fee and dividend that protects consumers and counters inequality.

We need to reduce consumption and get over the adolescent infatuation with economic growth.

Rebecca Weigand


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Cut the nonsense

Due to recent reports of folks demanding “genderless” birth certificates for their newborns— rather than cruelly forcing children to face the reality of being either male or female — I would like to suggest a solution. Let’s also drop the birth date, because we’d surely stifle a 10-year-old who may choose to be 25.

Come to think of it, we shouldn’t call it a “birth” certificate either for this child may choose to be a bird and demand a “hatch certificate.” So let’s just abolish certificates altogether because they only certify things of which we are certain. We are more enlightened than that these days. It’s too old fashioned to be certain about anything.

Bruce Woodford


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Argument baffling

I must confess I found Paula Simons’ online opinion piece, Don’t let haters claim Red Ensign (July 17), a very convoluted read. She is initially disturbed that it is being used as a Canadian version of white supremacy and an alternative symbol of hate and division. Yet in her final paragraph she points out the Ensign is a flag of colonial, imperial history — a flag of conquest and cultural oppression — in short a symbol of centuries old evil in my mind.

Walt Cherwaty


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Voters betrayed

I read the Point of View Tories court treason with Khadr deal slam (July 15)

Since when is opposing a $10 million settlement with a terrorist, and which the vast majority of Canadians are against, treason? Since becoming prime minister, Justin Trudeau has allowed a deal between GDLS London and Saudi Arabia to provide military vehicles to go ahead, despite promising during the election campaign to axe it. Once these military vehicles and their weapons systems are in the hands of Saudi Arabia, they will end up with both al-Qaida and ISIS. They will not be “stolen” like the Saudis will claim, they will be given. Remember, the late Osama Bin Laden got much of his funding from the Saudi royal family.

Trudeau hasn’t just committed treason against Canada, he has betrayed all of humanity. Is Canada now to become a state sponsor of terrorism?

Scott Boa


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Fight collectively

Lorrie Goldstein’s column, This is how to really fight climate change in Canada (July 18), underscores the challenge individual Canadians face in adopting a lifestyle consistent with meeting Canada’s carbon emission targets. He warns us that our governments’ current climate policies are misleading, ineffective and overly taxing.

His column arrives as we read the distressing news unfolding in B.C. of the spreading wildfires. Was it only last year that Fort McMurray residents suffered through their wildfire tragedy? More recently, we watched the emotional toll taken on victims of the historic flooding in Ontario and Quebec.

Of course, no one climate-related event has one cause. Yet, tragedies such as these will become more common in the coming years. Greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels guarantee that.

To make a true difference, Canadians need to act collectively, not just individually. Governments need to implement transparent, effective and fair finance and climate policies. Goldstein suggests a revenue neutral carbon fee and dividend plan. I agree.

Greg Beal


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Practice safe tech

Regarding the column by Gwynne Dyer Chemicals likely cause for falling sperm counts (July 27). Perhaps we should look in men’s pockets for part of the answer.

Cellphones have been around for approximately 40 years . The article states that sperm counts were down by half in the past 40 years.

The newer generations of cellphones emit radio frequency radiation. Cumulative radiation can alter living cells. Research shows cellphone radiation can affect the amount and health of sperm.

The LG G3 booklet indicates keeping the back of the phone one centimetre away from the body. Are men’s pockets this thick?

Practice safe tech. Turn the cellphone off and keep it at a safe distance when using it. By the time more research is done it may be too late.

Trudy Bruyns


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Perfection alludes

Are we all expected to be perfect?

I recently went for my driver’s road test.

I am a 75-year-old driver who has a spotless record for more than 40 years. However, when I went for my test, I was expected to be perfect. No errors are allowed, no matter how minor the infraction.

I have been told I can retake the test, but will have to pay the hefty fee again and wait 30 to 60 days for it to be scheduled.

Is the driver testing just another tax grab for the government?



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