YOU SAID IT
HELP OUR VETS
I find it nothing less than disgusting to think that an estimated 750 veterans are homeless in this great country. We appear to have the resources to help every illegal immigrant and provide for their needs, sometimes more generously than even our elderly people, yet we can’t provide a warm bed and meaningful support to our veterans? Disgusting! MIKE VINNINS SMITHS FALLS (Well said.)
I have no issue with the Governor General having made negative comments about willfully ignorant people.
Sometimes, the best thing to do is to make the willfully ignorant aware that they are being willfully ignorant.
After all, it is willfully ignorant people, the type who feverishly turn to read their horoscopes every day, who are largely responsible for putting Justin Trudeau into power, by voting for someone who catered to their willful ignorance. LES GRISWOLD
OTTAWA (Either way, it’s not very nice! Not to mention insulting to those with religious faith.)
The students are the losers in this prolonged strike at Ontario’s community colleges. The fall term should be cancelled and the students refunded their money. Many of these kids worked hard in high school to obtain the marks to get into a specific program and of course had summer jobs and part-time ones between classes and on weekends.
The province should legislate and end to the strike immediately or be prepared to have a lot of students drop out and not return which will cause a rise in the unemployment ranks down the road. STEPHEN FLANAGAN OTTAWA (It’s impossible not to feel bad for these kids. Such a shame that they’re losing the opportunity to learn.)
Most Canadians, whether we are fifth generation or recently arrived, are aware of how severe our winters can be. As a consequence, for both comfort and safety reasons, we bundle in layers and on especially bitter days, that includes face coverings.
However, as soon as we are exposed to the welcoming warmth of a bus, public building or home, the first articles of clothing to be removed are mitts followed by the face coverings. We want to thaw out and for these articles of clothing to dry a bit.
If we remain covered in a public environment, no one is offended if asked to show photo ID, thus exposing the face. The niqab is neither a religious or cultural, but it has become a political rallying cry.
I welcome and respect newcomers to this country, but I do not believe that asking them to accept Canadian traditions or mores is such a tragic request. Why such opposition to showing one’s face? It has been my experience, that when there is a language barrier, a smile is an international form of communication – warmly offered and gratefully received. MARY BURNS NEPEAN (Nothing like a warm smile on a cold day.)