Well being examine
Re It’s Effectively Previous Time To Get Severe About Well being Reform (Nov. 15): I sympathize with columnist André Picard’s view that the federal authorities is correct to demand provincial accountability earlier than handing over new well being care funds. However even when the Structure shouldn’t be crystal clear about well being care, I consider it’s time to settle for provincial jurisdiction right here, and to cease seeking to Ottawa to repair the mess.
As a substitute, Ottawa ought to merely switch a hard and fast share of tax revenues yearly on a Per-capita foundation. As federal tax income rises, so does federal help for well being care.
Then all of us ought to to show to our provincial premiers and demand that they repair well being care. Any nationwide co-ordination, reminiscent of for licensing, ought to come from them.
I consider it is just when the premiers really feel warmth from the general public, and may not conceal within the confusion of break up jurisdiction, that critical motion on well being care will occur.
Jim Paulin Ottawa
About 30 years in the past, I participated in conferences to strive unifying standards for doctor licensing in Canada.
Throughout a very boring assembly, I jotted down an inventory of varied organizations (governments, medical colleges, schools, licensing our bodies, medical associations) that have been reliable stakeholders or had vetoes. The entire got here to 75.
Evidently, the factors weren’t modified then or since. An identical impediment faces makes an attempt to unify the administration or group of well being care in Canada.
An enormous paradigm shift in governance has to happen earlier than change will be contemplated.
John Forster MD (retired), former chair of household drugs, Memorial College and the College of Ottawa
Re Practically One In 5 Docs Ponder Closing Store (Nov. 15): Based mostly on the January, 2021, survey date “on the peak of the second wave of the pandemic,” I used to be shocked that 4 in 5 docs had not thought of closing their practices.
Richard Dowling Hamilton
Re Lucki Didn’t Share Different Choices Earlier than Emergencies Act Invoked (Nov. 16): The chorus of police leaders, that they’d a plan simply hours earlier than the federal government employed the Emergencies Act (however didn’t share it) sounds so infantile.
“Simply 5 extra minutes and I can end this check.” They’d three weeks. Time was up. They failed.
Richard McFarlane Edmonton
It ain’t simple
Re Slicing Into The Greenbelt Received’t Remedy The Housing Disaster (Nov. 14): Doug Ford is unlikely to again down on Invoice 23. The answer ought to be for the federal authorities to disallow the invoice, which it has the facility to do below the Structure.
Thomas Beckett Founding chairman, Hamilton Conservation Authority
So we want management to “suppose exterior the field.” This has a number of issues.
The primary is that the provincial authorities in Ontario appears extra involved with politics than efficient planning. The second, and maybe most necessary problem, is that Ontario doesn’t have a grasp plan or big-picture mentality on land use.
In Copenhagen, they’ve eliminated parking areas from town centre yearly, however do that with associated modifications: extra public transit, higher bicycle lanes.
Right here, there looks like no political will to have a look at our residing surroundings for the long run and plan accordingly.
Robert Morrow Hamilton
Re Ontario Conservation Authorities Lose Powers With Invoice 23 (Nov. 15): That is notably tragic, as a result of Ontario’s conservation authorities are world leaders in river basin administration.
Two authorities, Grand River and Lake Simcoe Area, have been bestowed the distinguished Thiess Interntional Riverprize. The Lake Simcoe authority was cited for working “in partnership with communities and municipal, provincial and federal governments to ship sensible and cost-effective native options to deal with a spread of pure useful resource challenges, delivering packages in science and analysis, safety and restoration, and training and outreach.”
Specialists and officers come right here to learn to heal rivers in their very own nations. Since 1946, Ontario conservation authorities have developed and flourished below a dozen-plus premiers from three political events. Now Doug Ford will probably kill them.
Greg Michalenko Waterloo, Ont.
Re The Greenbelt Wants To Keep Inexperienced (Editorial, Nov. 14): This lots of noise concerning the taking of round 5,000 hectares to supply wanted housing. This out of 810,000 hectares.
Philip Beaudoin Brock, Ont.
Information flash: Extra reasonably priced housing can solely occur if sure curiosity teams are offended. The newest seems to be conservation authorities.
Every time discussing approvals required from these authorities, I roll my eyes. Primarily as a result of their mandate is “conservation,” not housing. We as a society ought to push up, push out and push round to get high quality houses to serve the wants of the numerous.
Our inhabitants is forecast to develop considerably over the subsequent 5 years. Sorry, that’s simply the way in which it’s.
Brian Johnston Toronto
Re Rights Group Asks Ottawa To Sanction Cuba (Nov. 14): Some extra context for protests in Cuba: COVID-19, gas shortages, tourism freezes and, specifically, the greater than 240 anti-Cuba measures launched by the Trump administration (and maintained by Joe Biden) that prompted widespread starvation.
Washington nonetheless maintains the Buying and selling with the Enemy Act in dealings with Cuba and has positioned it on an inventory of nations that “help terrorism.” Simply final week, the huge influence of U.S. embargoes was condemned by 185 nations on the United Nations Basic Meeting.
Anti-Cuba activists examine the 2021 road protests with human-rights abuses in China and Russia, a premise I discover absurd. Their time can be higher spent lobbying Washington to return to the insurance policies of the Obama administration, when there was better prosperity on the island, a lot much less bilateral rigidity and extra frequent sense in U.S. coverage.
John Kirk Professor emeritus, Latin American research, Dalhousie College Halifax
Re The Actual World (Letters, Nov. 15): One letter-writer wonders why does Meta “with quarterly revenue of US$4.4-billion have to put off anybody?” One other letter-writer rebuts, asserting that Meta’s share value has gone down by 50 per cent. So what? Share value ought to be irrelevant.
The inventory market is an expectations market, and ceaselessly fluctuates for causes unconnected to day-to-day operations of an organization. Salaries are paid out of income; so long as they continue to be robust, share value shouldn’t be a think about layoffs.
Much less consideration ought to be paid to share worth and extra to the environment friendly operating of enterprise.
James Duthie Nanaimo, B.C.
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