Letters to the Editor, Nov. 4

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

I would be very pleased if a paper I have been reading on and off since its inception in 1971 would mark the celebration of “World Vegan Day” among its Nov. 1 newsworthy announcements. Happy belated birthday, Toronto Sun, and thank you for 47 years of news and entertainment.

Chris Psaris

(Thank you for being a loyal reader. We will note your suggestion for next year)

RETHINK THE REAL PROBLEM

I believe that the Sun editorial board that published the article “Canada’s carbon tax could go much higher after 2022 review” Nov. 1 should rethink the real problems with carbon pollution leading to global warming. The article was written by Anthony Furey, who concludes that we will most likely end up paying more towards the federal carbon tax per tonne than originally outlined. The problem with this article is we understand the carbon tax is put in place to force us to reduce our carbon footprint but it never outlines how we could do that. The only thing Furey writes about is the financial aspect. He should have taken the time to quickly mention how each of the readers could start taking small steps to decrease their own personal carbon footprint. A few examples from many to reduce one’s own carbon footprint are opting to take a bicycle instead of a car, reducing your garbage waste or living a zero-waste lifestyle, changing light bulbs to LED ones. Money is one important thing that helps the world go around, but what will money do for the plant and animal species that are victims of rapidly increasing extinction rates due to global warming. We need to think about how the human race will not be able to sustain life on this planet if we keep treating earth like our actions have no consequences.

Victoria Degan

Toronto

(Canadians are doing their part. Aside from the suggestions you’ve mentioned above, our vehicles are far more efficient, millions take public transit and make our homes more energy-efficient. But the reality is until the world’s biggest polluters don’t do their part, adding taxes Canadians does very little to deal with climate change. Oh and by the way, politicians and celebrities who lecture the rest of us while flying around the world should really end the hypocrisy)

WHAT ABOUT US?

This is with reference to the Liberals increasing immigration to Canada, where Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen claims that immigrants help the economy and are good for jobs. My daughter has three degrees, the latest a Masters from Western University, and she has as yet been unable to get a job in her field of public health. Most of her freshly graduated classmates are without jobs after having invested thousands of dollars into their degree, and this minister and this government want to bring in even more immigrants? How about helping our youth who have been educated here and are struggling for jobs? I am sure there are thousands of other Canadians who have similar stories and are similarly disgusted by this decision. It is not partisanship, Minister Hussen, it is common sense — look after your own first!

Anita Menezes

Mississauga

(The minister isn’t wrong about the incredible value immigration does add to our economy. The problem with the Liberal government’s current plan is there is no plan. So it won’t just be Canadian born and educated kids who cannot find a job, it will be our new immigrants too)

IT’S NOT A GOOD OR A SERVICE

Re “Understanding Trudeau’s convoluted carbon-tax defence” (Brian Lilley, Nov. 1): It is all in the wording, and how you say it — or who says it, and what is really wanted. So now Trudeau says the carbon tax is not a tax. It is a price on pollution. So then, since it is just a price on pollution, it is not actually a service. So why is there GST on this pollution price, since it is certainly not a “service” of any kind either. GST is a “goods and service tax.” So now does Trudeau have to create new words, new meanings or change identification of words to suit his intentions?

Rolly Klaepatz

Fairview, Alta.

(Trudeau is going to use whatever words he can possibly remember after his staff briefs him to implement the carbon tax)

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