Mak­ing Amends

The Walrus - - LETTERS -

When John Lor­inc de­scribes Loblaw’s re­sponse to the 2013 gar­ment-fac­tory col­lapse in Bangladesh (“The Root of All Evil,” Jan­uary/fe­bru­ary), he omits some im­por­tant points: far from be­hav­ing like an evil cor­po­ra­tion, Loblaw pro­vided con­sid­er­able funds to the Cen­tre for the Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the Paral­ysed’s RE­VIVE project, which of­fered treat­ment, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, and in­come re­place­ment to the sur­vivors. With­out Loblaw’s sup­port, their lives would be more wretched than be­fore they went to work in Bangladesh’s tex­tile in­dus­try. Carolyn Scott

West Van­cou­ver, BC and men­tal ill­nesses. We cur­rently rely on treat­ments and in­ter­ven­tions that are sim­plis­tic and of­ten not based on the best sci­ence. We need to learn more.

Ge­off Chaulk

St. John’s, NL

I have lived in a Lon­don Hous­ing apart­ment build­ing for more than twelve years. It was never a great place, but it was tol­er­a­ble. Then the so-called Lon­don CARES project started. Sud­denly, the build­ing was full of ad­dicts, crim­i­nals, and the se­ri­ously men­tally ill, and no pro­vi­sion was made for those need­ing in­ten­sive, on­go­ing sup­port. Res­i­dents who had lived there for many years were as­saulted, robbed, and ha­rassed. Most peo­ple in need of sub­si­dized hous­ing are de­cent, law-abid­ing cit­i­zens who work and pay taxes — their only prob­lem is that they are poor. In­stead of fo­cus­ing on ad­dicts and crim­i­nals, why not fo­cus on us? What about our rights and needs? Kate Al­bert

Lon­don, ON

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