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Con­ges­tion pric­ing may change peo­ple’s habits, but it prob­a­bly won’t ease con­ges­tion—it will just end up mov­ing more peo­ple. You can’t win the war against traf­fic. Robert Thaler

New Ham­burg, ON Kather­ine Laid­law’s ar­ti­cle (“The ver­dict,” June) touched a nerve with me, as I’m sure it did with many oth­ers. Sto­ries about sex­ual as­sault and jus­tice are of value in­di­vid­u­ally, but they also con­trib­ute to an im­por­tant crit­i­cal mass of dis­cus­sion.

Jonathan Kay as­sures us that we can stop Af­ter the Jian Ghome­shi case sur­faced wor­ry­ing about on­line pri­vacy (“No One in the news, one friend told me he had not Is Watch­ing You,” June), be­cause com­pa­nies been sure of how to read some of have learned that it’s bad for busi­ness. the women he had slept with. We talked Still, in sit­u­a­tions where in­vad­ing about Ghome­shi and grap­pled with the our pri­vacy is prof­itable, those com­pa­nies dif­fer­ence be­tween the truth and the will do it—most no­tably in the form of law. friend told me about his tar­geted ad­ver­tis­ing. at a rally for sur­vivors. He was

Kay’s faith in mar­ket forces is naive. New up­set and sur­prised to dis­cover how many tech­nolo­gies pro­duce count­less ef­fects, and women he knew had been raped. we need to ac­tively deal with them. Leav­ing What­ever else has come out of the case— the prob­lem to fix it­self is ir­ra­tional. the rhetoric, vit­riol, con­dem­na­tion, and Jack Dodds rage—i am thank­ful for the con­ver­sa­tions it Aurora, ON has started amongst my friends. It helped me un­der­stand how I felt, and I hope it helped them, too. More than any­thing, I hope these dis­cus­sions are hap­pen­ing every­where and can help us find a bet­ter way to do right by each other, as well as our­selves.

Sarah Ladik

Inu­vik, NT

Beu­gin and Sit­nick ad­dress the symp­toms of the prob­lem, not the cause. Peo­ple drive be­cause they can’t live close to where they work, or be­cause avail­able pub­lic tran­sit is in­ad­e­quate. Cre­at­ing new bridges, tun­nels, and free­ways to al­le­vi­ate traf­fic would be ef­fec­tive for only a short pe­riod of time. In­stead, we should be fo­cus­ing on im­prov­ing pub­lic tran­sit and seek­ing Why does Jonathan Kay con­clude that, ways to min­i­mize com­mut­ing dis­tances. al­though com­pa­nies are be­nign, we will Roy Strang have much to fear from the sur­veil­lance Sur­rey, BC state? ar­gues that we sur­ren­der some

pri­vacy will­ingly to com­pa­nies in ex­change In 1975, the pro­fes­sor in my high­way- for cer­tain ca­pa­bil­i­ties and ser­vices. Are

class said, “If you build it, they we worse off for sur­ren­der­ing some pri­vacy will fill it.” You can build roads to re­duce to the state for some de­gree of pro­tec­tion con­ges­tion, but as new hous­ing and busi­nesses from ter­ror­ism? are es­tab­lished along­side them, the The ar­gu­ment that the Canadian state traf­fic re­sumes. is too in­tru­sive will not with­stand a ma­jor

The cur­rency for con­ges­tion pric­ing is ter­ror­ist at­tack. Be­fore that kind of thing time, so in order to set tolls, one must ask: hap­pens, we should put more ef­fort into How much is time worth? Peo­ple will pay find­ing ways to col­lab­o­rate with our demo­crat­i­cally for a shorter com­mute, and most won’t elected gov­ern­ment. take tran­sit if driv­ing dur­ing rush-hour By­ron Rogers traf­fic is faster. Lunen­burg, NS

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