Letters to the editor: Dec. 11: ‘All way too easy to criticize Justin Trudeau.’ Visitors debate Canada-China relations, plus other letters to the editor

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Key Minister Justin Trudeau leaves a push conference in Ottawa on Dec. 10, 2020.

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Move it on

Re Will The U.S. Do Trudeau’s Perform For Him? (Dec. 10): It is challenging for many Canadians to reconcile the Trudeau government’s laissez-faire approach towards the release of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.

Why is our govt leaving it to our allies to undertake the the greater part of arguments for their release? It should really have played hardball with China months in the past, these as recalling our ambassador.

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Why is our governing administration so reluctant to get a more robust stand? We are nevertheless waiting.

J.G. Gilmour Calgary


It is all too effortless to criticize Justin Trudeau‘s actively playing-for-time handling of the China problem. But it also would seem clear that Australia’s far more intense tactic has not labored possibly.

Even though a united, allied solution might provide a answer, with out the United States this would be a lot more gesture than substance. Let’s contact a spade a spade.

Carol Victor Burlington, Ont.


Re World-wide Affairs Objected To Military Selection To Cancel Coaching With Chinese Military: Memo (Dec. 10): In cancelling teaching, it appears that Typical Jonathan Vance, Main of the Defence Staff members, is the only senior governing administration formal to read the many Canadian Security Intelligence Services experiences that detail the true and current risk China poses to Canada, and the only just one willing to place our security and stability initially.

Maybe the rationale govt has delayed the announcement of a new chief as Gen. Vance retires is since there is not a three-star normal inclined to sacrifice our safety and protection for a fourth star.

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David Morgan Lieutenant-Colonel (retired), Ottawa

Justice juxtaposed

Re Incarceration Devoid of Hope Must Not Be Normalized (View, Dec. 5): The basic principle that a individual incarcerated, even for the a number of murders of people today engaged in worship, should provide his sentence with hope of eventual launch brings to intellect a rabbinic indicating: Any individual who gets to be merciful to the cruel in the close results in being cruel to the merciful.

Alex Korn Toronto

Sit on it

Re Here’s A Shock: A Well-liked Tax (Editorial, Dec. 9): Is it surprising to come across that a tax focused at a smaller team of condominium proprietors who depart their models empty would be common among the relaxation of the inhabitants? Not to me.

Jaffer Sunderji Toronto

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I can guarantee that the B.C. emptiness tax is just about anything but popular with Canadians who own, or did possess, recreation home in the province. I can guarantee that if U.S. Sunbelt states put a exclusive tax on overseas-owned residences, it would not be well-known in Canada. And I can assure that the results of the emptiness tax imposed on my metropolis are anything but popular or effective to any individual right here.

Ted Hanlon Kelowna, B.C.


Obviously, we would all be very amenable to a tax we do not have to fork out, but attractiveness does not make Vancouver’s Vacant Properties Tax a superior tax.

Putting a several thousand models into entire-time use does little to deal with Vancouver’s housing scarcity. The town need to only be lauded when it enacts zoning improvements to permit extra multiunit and multistorey development on key thoroughfares and around transit stations, and slashes progress levies.

Right until then, we should not be fooled by the pretense that meaningful action is remaining taken.

David Allen Edmonton

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Loss of life of privacy?

Re DNA NDA? (Letters, Dec. 9): On the matter of privateness: I assume modern society has pushed problem for it to the position of absurdity.

Four a long time in the past, following I suffered an aortic dissection, it happened to me that my father Ignac Bing, who died in 1987 of an evident heart assault, may possibly in truth have died from what I experienced. Could such a inclination be inherited?

I contacted the archives of Vancouver Basic Clinic to obtain his dying certificate. I was told that “for privateness motives,” I could see it only with Mr. Bing’s written authorization.

Judy Stoffman Vancouver

Made in Canada

Re Bill C-10: An Act To Control The World-wide-web, For No Great Purpose And To No Fantastic Impact (Dec. 9): Columnist Andrew Coyne states that domestic movie and tv generation was at a historic large pre-pandemic. But that’s not Canadian content material he’s conversing about – that would be a multibillion-dollar glut of overseas assistance productions that use our streets, crews and tax credits. Monthly bill C-10 would enact a considerably-necessary modernization of the guidance for output of Canadian stories.

Canadians agree with it. A modern Globe and Mail study (Canadians Support Sales Tax On Electronic Solutions, Poll Indicates – Report on Organization, Dec. 3) discovered that 81 per cent of respondents favoured demanding worldwide streaming services to help fund the development of accurate Cancon.

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To create off Canadian Television set as “unwatchable” seems as absurd as it does insulting to its creators and domestic audiences. Schitt’s Creek and its nine Emmys and legion of fans is just one illustration of the power of Canadian Tv ideal now. And there’s additional to arrive.

Maureen Parker Govt director, Writers Guild of Canada Toronto

Liner notes

Re Cohen’s Tales Of Seduction Look Distinct As a result of A #MeToo Lens (Dec. 8): Let us not be far too tricky on Leonard Cohen, Sir John A. Macdonald and ourselves – we are all items of our time.

The 1960s were groundbreaking can you consider the “Summer of Love” referring to a interval of the 2000s? What of our grandparents traumatized by the Great Depression?

Mr. Cohen did have the self-consciousness to mirror on his early songwriting and disclose that “we had been channeling some form of reality that none of us was living. The tracks had been much much better than we were” (as described in Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe). Truths.

Walter Wilmot Ottawa

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I concur with columnist Johanna Schneller’s choose on Leonard Cohen. There is a term for his behaviours: narcissism.

Judy Steed Toronto

Roger that

Re Vaccine Bar (Letters, Dec. 9): A letter-writer notes that vaccine distribution is in a SNAFU condition, and warns that it could possibly turn into FUBAR. Getting served 10 years in the Canadian Army, I have knowledgeable each circumstances.

I can tell audience this: In FUBAR circumstances, Canadian troopers are at their most effective. They observe. They adapt. They improvise and, by God, they get missions attained.

Canadians really should truly feel self-confident that the troopers top vaccine distribution, such as Important-Standard Dany Fortin and retired typical Rick Hillier, will get it performed as a result of perhaps unavoidable SNAFUs and FUBARs.

Martin Birt Uxbridge, Ont.


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