Stop whining, Canadian travellers
We are appalled by the insensitivity of Canadian vacationers in the Caribbean islands. While people in the Caribbean and Florida are losing their homes, even family members and pets, Canadian vacationers have nothing better to do then complain about the government not rescuing them fast enough.
There were many advance warnings about Hurricane Irma and the destruction a Category 4 or 5 hurricane could do.
These vacationers could have made arrangements to change their flights to get back home or cancel their travel plans before the hurricane arrived.
The government did not send them on their vacations, so why is it they are complaining now and why is it up to the government to bring them back home?
Shame on you, Canadian vacationers.
Instead, while you were there anyways, you could have helped the local people with the cleanup. Uwe and Ana Maria Rutenberg, Stittsville
Quit putting blame on government
Seeing the devastation in the Caribbean islands, the Florida Keys and other regions of Florida, my heart goes out to those who had the common sense to leave when told to do so, only to be returning now to homes completely destroyed.
However, I have little sympathy for those who blame governments for not getting them out at the last minute before Irma hit.
They had ample warning that this major hurricane was bearing down on them. They did not listen to advice to leave.
Quit pointing the finger. Look in a mirror if you want someone to blame. These people should be most thankful they survived. Some didn’t. Ron Oakley, Ottawa Let’s discuss who ‘stupid’ ones are
Re: Grappling with Irma’s aftermath a political hurricane in waiting, Sept. 14. While Christina Spencer’s
article makes an interesting case for the need to clarify consular duties, her suggestion that the government had to rescue Canadians caught in the path of Hurricane Irma because “any perception of indifference to their trauma would be both heartless and stupid” is not fair.
Many Canadians engage in behaviour that involves great risk and high probability of a negative outcome. Why should the Canadian taxpayer be on the hook when things go bad, or be accused of being “stupid” if they want to discuss it first?
Anyone who smokes cigarettes has a high risk of getting lung cancer. But we pay for the treatment. Buying a house on the edge of a river? We pay for government compensation programs when it floods. Everyone knows opiates are addictive. When there is a spike in addiction, suddenly the government announces the spending of hundreds of millions to deal with the “crisis.”
Everyone knows August to October is hurricane season in the Caribbean. Everyone. Why is it not considered stupid to go there at that time? Frank Leclair, Ottawa
Air travel is a big part of the problem
Christina Spencer’s article was interesting for what it lacked.
She correctly acknowledged the inevitable disastrous weather events coming, plus the increasing numbers of Canadians travelling by air, and she raises the question of whether this requires the government to do more to protect citizens.
But there was no reference to the elephant in the room; fossil fuels consumed in air travel. We are all sitting in boiling water and still turning up the heat. If the government did want to do something to protect us, there could be massively larger taxes on those who are exacerbating the speed of climate chaos.
Instead, governments support and encourage tourism through air travel. It is treated as a harmless pleasure, but with such volume it has become a curse. Rosalie Reynolds, Ottawa
The use restrictions (in Ontario’s draft regulations for cannabis use) ignore the sentiment that legalization will bolster the status of cannabis use as a social activity, rather than one confining it to the proverbial private ‘bedrooms of the nation.’ Dr. Benedikt Fischer
Hurricane Irma destroyed homes and altered lives in the Florida Keys and other areas caught in its path of destruction, and letter writers had little sympathy for Canadian vacationers who didn’t leave despite receiving advance warning.