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March 28: Concerns at the water’s edge, the real Canada, double talk on taxes and other letters

Tax double talk

Does Jay Goldberg have a hard time talking out of both sides of his mouth? The Canadian Taxpayers Federation denounces government spending and deficits. With Ontario’s deficit projected at $13.1 billion according to Finance Minister Bethhlenfalvy’s latest update. Yet Jay suggests lowering gas taxes to save Ontario families $400. At 4.11 million families, that’s $1.64 billion plus non-family gas users he doesn’t mention. This is in addition to the $1.5 billion shortfall due to the cancellation of previously announced license sticker renewals. These families may not need tax-funded health care. As for Kenney, the Alberta Treasury will take billions in increased oil royalties from soaring oil prices to fund its gas tax cut. Ever since Mr. Ford’s campaign promises in 2018 there’s been this thing called COVID-19, maybe the spending on this issue explains the lack of movement on tax cuts.

David Nicholson, Waterdown

The real Canada

I just heard on the news that there was another big push by some Canadians to try to do something. Remember a few weeks ago when truckers brought our nation’s capital to a standstill and blocked key border crossings, ostensibly to end vaccination mandates? Well, the coordinated effort making news today is quite different. Doctors at Sick Children’s Hospital in Toronto accepted Ukrainian children with cancer being treated in their home country until Russian bombers began destroying their homes and the hospitals where they were patients. Canadian doctors are not only providing hospital beds and treatment, but some, according to the report, will travel to Poland to accompany distraught families in Canada, and the non-profit organization Aman Lara is providing transportation, planning, visas and other paperwork that needs to be done to bring families here. Sick Kids doctors are urging other Canadian hospitals to get involved. They save lives, they don’t disturb or endanger them.

I want to believe — in fact, I hope and pray — that the second of these great coordinated efforts represents the real Canada.

Beverly Shepard, Flamborough

Concrete action

If the situation in Ukraine has served any positive purpose for Canada, it is to clarify the utter absurdity to which this nation adheres. Bilingualism, monarchy, an unelected senate, multiculturalism… costing billions have supplanted real-world demands such as defense and resource development. To paraphrase Marshall McLuhan’s definition of the Canadian reality: The media has become the message — and the media is just the talk. What we need is a revolution enacted on concrete actions.

Douglas L. Martin, Hamilton

Seafront worries

I truly believe that if the city council authorizes the 45-story tower, it will give future developers an excuse to build even more towers in the area. The original idea of ​​the development aroused the enthusiasm of many people. This new tower idea only creates divisions between citizens. May our waterfront not become another Toronto waterfront.

Angelo VendittiHamilton

The State of SLDs

Say goodbye to Century Manor. Mohawk College had a wonderful Liberal-backed expansion plan in 2018 that was quickly rolled back by the Conservatives.

Good news, although they want to build more for-profit nursing homes. We know how awful those senior citizen warehouses become when a pandemic comes to town. Even our army was appalled by the conditions.

Let’s build affordable housing and use the money earmarked for for-profit homes to keep seniors in their own homes using home care. Everyone should be worried about the state of LTC because we are not getting any younger.

Robin Magder Pierce, Hamilton

Different dementia

Regarding “MAID Act Undermines Mental Health” (March 16) contains two misconceptions regarding medical assistance in dying (MAID) and people with dementia. It is important to distinguish between mental illness and dementia. Although dementia affects mental health, it is not a mental illness, but a brain disorder that causes memory loss and communication problems. A correct diagnosis of mental illness or dementia is essential to ensure that appropriate treatment is provided as soon as possible.

In addition, people with dementia in Canada can receive MAID if they meet all the requirements of federal law. In addition, the planned independent review of MAID by a special joint committee of Parliament will examine whether people with a capacity-eroding condition, such as dementia, should be allowed to apply for MAID in advance.

Randy Steffan, Alzheimer Society of Canada

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