July 25: ‘When in Canadian history has our shining democracy ever been so mistreated and badly served by government?’ Readers debate the Liberals and the WE Charity contract, plus other letters to the editor – The Globe and Mail

July 25: ‘When in Canadian history has our shining democracy ever been so mistreated and badly served by government?’ Readers debate the Liberals and the WE Charity contract, plus other letters to the editor – The Globe and Mail

A skating rink is seen in the early phase of construction on the yard of Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Oct. 16, 2017.

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Where we stand

Re Calls Mount To Expand Morneau Examination(July 24): The greatest thing exemplified by the WE Charity mess seems to be the more comprehensive photo: When in Canadian history has our shining democracy ever been so abused and terribly served by federal government, working out such arrogance and contempt for principles, integrity and parliamentary procedure, as Justin Trudeau’s minority leadership? Where in these hazardous times is the statesmanship Canada so severely needs?

Kathryn Vogel Toronto


Re Sponsors Start Reassessment Of Ties To WE Charity(July 24): It’s been said that the best locations to conceal a body remain in a morgue or on a battlefield. I think the best place to conceal the body of a crucial neighborhood value is in a pandemic: The victim is volunteerism and it seems dying from COVID-19– the Canada Trainee Service Grant is a perfect example.

No definition of volunteerism should consider payment. I think Canada already suffers from diminution in volunteerism, and the CSSG conflates low-paid work of unspecified purpose with volunteerism.

The program further risks skewing the worths of a generation to think in paid volunteer work. It worsens, when integrated with the Canada Emergency Action Advantage, the reluctance of youths to seek advantageous summer season tasks. It demeans all the other volunteers who have donated their time, skills and treasure to all sort of charitable activities.

Let’s not let the theatre of politics obscure the flaw of an essentially bad idea.

P. C. LaBarge Ottawa

What remains in a name?

Re Don’t Remove Street Names And Take Apart Statues(July 18): Columnist Marcus Gee makes the case that, once we start relabeling places and pulling down statues, this ends up being tough to stop when one thinks about all of the streets, buildings and neighborhoods that are named after prominent figures of their day, figures that in today’s world are considered to have feet of clay.

And how can we make sure that the heroes of today that we want to memorialize do not also have dark secrets? What sort of investigation would be needed? Would personal privacy become a problem? What would be the cost to change all associated street signs, maps, records and organisations that contain a now-offensive name?

It would be far better to move statues of fallen heroes to museums where the story can be told completely, in context, or mark them where they stand with clarifying plaques. Even more, there could be a fresh effort to memorialize today’s heroes that shows our altering social mores.

John Ellis Toronto


Streets are named and statues raised to honour males and females that an age admires. Time passes, and street names end up being simply signifiers, statues nothing however street furnishings. Most people associate the name Dundas with a streetcar line in Toronto, not with an 18 th-century political leader. We should leave things be.

Due to the fact that of this clamour, Henry Dundas is well-known once again. Is that what anyone wants?

William Christian Retired professor of government; Guelph, Ont.

Black culture

Re Ontario’s Opportunities Advocate Charged Of Anti-Blackness(July 18): Jamil Jivani, a Black male with impressive credentials, has actually been selected by Ontario as its advocate for neighborhood chances. While acknowledging racism in our society, he also sees problems with the Black Lives Matter motion and the need for Black communities to change a few of their culture in order to get involved totally in society.

I think he is exactly the man we require at this point. All the best to him, and congratulations to Ontario for appointing him.

Jonathan Usher Toronto


The Globe composes that Jamil Jivani “was utilizing his new platform and increased profile to slam the very individuals he was supposed to uplift.” I discovered that Mr. Jivani’s critique of the culture of violence in hip hop was squarely aimed at corporations behind the music, and artists that glorify violence in their lyrics.

I have actually resided in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood of Toronto for almost my whole life. All my buddies are Black, everyone in my household is Black; to a person, we all acknowledge the damaging results of violent and misogynistic hip-hop culture on the minds of our young people– even if we indulge it as a guilty pleasure.

The idea that acknowledging this truth in some way makes us anti-Black feels harmful.

Kwesi Opoku Toronto

Household strife

Re Quebec Police Say Father Killed His Girls, Passed Away By Suicide(July 23): The horrific disaster that was the murder-suicide of a father and his children in Quebec surely need to once again underline the truth that the system is broken when it comes to acrimonious family separations. There has been far too much sorrow with divorces that accelerate anger and financial destroy, at the expense of the innocent.

Please take the dissolution of marriage out of the hands of attorneys and courts, and place the process with trained therapists who have the skills to depressurize acrimony and secure kids.

Peter Keleghan Toronto


Re A Turning Point For The Wheels Of Justice(Viewpoint July 18): Danielle Robitaille’s contribution is an essential piece that also uses to brand-new methods of carrying out household law.

In Might, I patronized in a case that was resolved through arbitration via videoconferencing. The hearing was conducted similar to in-person: The attorneys made objections, excluded witnesses, introduced exhibitions and utilized documents with screen-sharing. It was tape-recorded through Zoom, and the arbitrator got a records immediately.

My legal representative, who has actually practiced family law for many years, said by doing this of conducting arbitration provided a faster, less expensive way to have a complete hearing and prevent the hold-up and cost of lawyers all having to take a trip.

With videoconferencing, getting a case heard becomes economical to underfunded partners, and can prevent the stress and violence that may happen in drawn-out cases of family law.

Dorris Heffron Clarksburg, Ont.

Play ball

Re Pet Days(Letters, July 23): I need to regretfully disabuse a letter author who regretfully disabused factor David Shribman’s referral to the Blue Jays as a major-league team.

I am a long-time Toronto homeowner who’s nevertheless a Giants fan (blame Willie Mays), so this isn’t a case of hometown wishin’ and hopin’. I do believe fans will see that the pitching rotation is better than many think (Matt Shoemaker, child). It’s probably much better to have batters who can’t discover the strike zone than pitchers who can’t discover it.

Alan Rosenberg Toronto


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