On the Gardiner, the silence stinks
The flap over the state of the Gardiner has revealed that an Environmental Assessment started under David Miller was somehow "shelved" sometime after Ford was elected (NOW, December 20-26).
Council's 2008 policy of doing only emergency repairs to the structure pending the completion of the EA has continued. No long-term plans have been made or updated for two years, despite frequent reports of falling chunks of concrete.
The original reason for this approach was that most of the possible scenarios to be studied would involve at least partial demolition of the Gardiner. However, the most likely outcome of a rational study of the Gardiner would have been that it has to be maintained, because patterns of development have emerged based on its capacity.
There has been a deafening silence on who authorized the shelving of the EA. The Ford administration claims to have been surprised by the state of the Gardiner. Are those in power eluding public scrutiny through secret mutual back-scratching?
There are very large sums involved here, and everyone conceivably responsible is hiding in plain sight, blaming someone else or diverting attention from their mismanagement by suddenly talking about selling off public property. Something stinks.
More wind power turbulence
Dalton McGuinty's Liberal party already has 1,600 wind turbines up and spinning in southern Ontario. His goal was three times that amount. This can hardly be compared with the 133 turbines on two farms in Manitoba (NOW, December 20-26).
No wonder there's no opposition in Manitoba to green energy. There, I don't see turbines butted right up against neighbouring homes. In fact, I don't see any houses within sight of the turbines at all.
Meanwhile in Ontario, rural homes are surrounded on all sides with these 500-foot-tall (50-storey) monsters. If the insanity doesn't soon stop, I can easily envision rural residents taking matters into their own hands, and there will be a revolt in Ontario unparalleled in recent history.
According to information received under Freedom of Information, Ontario Ministry of the Environment field officers were reporting effects from having these turbines placed too close to homes long before McGuinty's Green Energy Act came into effect in 2009. Despite these numerous reports, the Libs ploughed ahead with their agenda.
Let's not racialize the gun debate
I was enjoying Enzo DiMatteo's article about the Newtown tragedy and Canada's gun laws (NOW, December 17) until I got to the line "Gun advocates usually mean mostly black, mostly urban crime... when they say gun regulation is pointless because it won't discourage those responsible for most of the gun violence, i.e. the so-called ‘criminal element.'"
I cannot help but have the impression that you are seeking to bolster your views by smearing those who don't agree with them as racist.
The debate about gun control in Canada is an important one that needs to occur. However, that debate needs to be based on reason and facts, not a distortion.
Nothing about this issue can be discussed if irrelevant mud is slung by opponents. Some mud will be slung by the wing-nuts on either side, but journalists need to rise above that.
They have a duty to readers to attempt to illuminate an issue, not cloud it in racist overtones.
Prince George, BC
An assault on our good sense
The recent awful event in Newtown has many Canadians thinking we're superior to the Yanks and their obsession with guns.
Why in the world are assault rifles and handguns for sale in the first place? These are not hunting rifles.
Assault weapons are versions of military rifles that are meant to murder people.
We all want a safer place to live, which banning these particular kinds of guns will help create. The only reason this is not occurring is because the federal government is playing to special interests.
Canada following the wrong lead on gun control
Say what you want about Quebec, but I am so proud of my government for being the only one in North America standing firm on gun control.
Quebec is and will remain the only province with a gun registry. It is part of our deep DNA values as a people. Canadians have just lost their gun registry.
I am so proud of our difference in Quebec, because this gun issue is fundamental to a mature, modern society.
Canada is heading in the wrong direction, and being passive will change Canada forever. Canada is following the wrong leader.
Solution to med pot problem is legalization
It's understandable that the government doesn't want everybody to be able to grow their own marijuana (NOW, December 13-19).
It's only legal to use marijuana with a medical prescription, and if lots of people are growing it, marijuana could easily fall into the hands of people who do not have prescriptions. It becomes very difficult to monitor and control its cultivation.
But then we have the problem that many people who legitimately need marijuana would much rather be able to grow their own, both to ensure that they can get the right type and quality of marijuana and, of course, to control their costs.
It is ridiculous that such an easily cultivated plant is made so expensive. The obvious solution to this problem (and one that I have advocated previously) is simply to legalize marijuana and stop worrying about who may be using it.