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.
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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