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Plus, no COVID testing for Ontario school kids, Canada's digital divide grows wider and Toronto real estate messing it up for everyone in reader mail this week
Re Doug Ford’s Halloween Massacre (NOW Online, October 21). I’m tired of bashing Doug Ford’s government. We are in a situation of many unknowns. There has never been a virus as widespread as this. As far as I am concerned, we should be more thankful. Politicians are doing as much as possible to let the public know what’s going on and what they plan to do about it. Each day they have to make decisions based on the unknowns of a situation. Grow up, people of Canada. The government is trying to help not hinder.
Janet Mather — From nowtoronto.com
Re Ontario reports 821 new COVID-19 cases (NOW Online, October 20).
There is testing capacity to spare, according to this article. Asymptomatic workers in “congregate settings” are eligible for COVID testing at pharmacies, except when they work in schools. Children and education workers are packed into classrooms at close quarters (less than 2 metres apart), in numbers larger than what is allowed in any other workplace, yet asymptomatic education workers and school children are not even allowed to book a COVID test. Why not? The nurses hired to work in schools are not testing for asymptomatic carriers either. Why not? The Ontario government was given millions by the federal government for a safe school restart, yet they have chosen not to use it to reduce class sizes, and not to introduce regular testing either. These are deliberate policy decisions. Why are Ontario’s leaders actively discouraging testing for school workers and children?
C.R. — From nowtoronto.com
Re: Toronto’s Digital Divide Is Leaving Many People Disconnected (NOW, October 22-28).
If memory serves, Brian Mulroney set about dealing with Bell and Rogers when the internet was in its infancy. He provided funding and tax breaks allowing these two multi-billion dollar corporations to set themselves up to make unbelievable profits over the decades without thinking once about the general population with low incomes. To this day, they remain the two main players who sell internet access to a few smaller companies. It’s a shame. It’s taxpayers’ money that got them where they are today and taxpayers are absolutely the ones getting screwed.
My brother lives in Thailand. He has 30-plus companies willing to come into his home and set him up. His internet is as good as mine and he pays roughly $30 a month Canadian for full coverage, for god’s sake
Gary Schumacher — From nowtoronto.com
I started to read your cover story Digital Divide online. The first two paragraphs had me and I wanted to continue reading. However, there were so many fucking animated ads throughout the copy that I was getting a headache and couldn’t concentrate. I had to stop as some ads don’t have close buttons, which should be illegal. I really miss the paper edition.
Robert Robinet — From nowtoronto.com
Just wondering why you guys aren’t doing a “safest places” list for services like hairdressers, etc. during the pandemic. Some businesses are implementing a lot of safety features while others are not (or are doing the bare minimum). This would be information a lot of people would be interested to have. If we can do the “best” list, why can’t we do the “safest”?
John Carby — From nowtoronto.com
Why are people leaving Toronto for greener pastures? (NOW, September 3-9) I literally can’t even buy my first home because idiots from the GTA come to smaller places like London, Ontario, and are offering $50,000 over asking price. Wish they would fix their own issues instead of creating them for others.
Tom A. — From nowtoronto.com
I thoroughly enjoy reading your magazine. I live in Montreal and love learning about Ontario. You give me insight on the very big changes to the Canadian landscape in housing, business, etc. Thank you!
Paula Ann Stewart — From nowtoronto.com