Letters to the editor: ‘Now we have two sides that seem unreasonable of their expectations.’ An training standoff in Ontario, plus different letters to the editor

Letters to the editor: ‘Now we have two sides that seem unreasonable of their expectations.’ An training standoff in Ontario, plus different letters to the editor

CUPE members and supporters picket at Queen’s Park in Toronto, after training help employees throughout Ontario walked off the job on Nov. 4.Melissa Tait/The Globe and Mail

Quantity crunch

Re CUPE’s Preliminary Wage Demand Formidable However Anticipated, Consultants Say (Nov. 4): I’ve been concerned in evaluating jobs values in a company and setting and reviewing wage grids primarily based on these values.

A part of this course of entails exterior benchmarking with different organizations the place job-matching is feasible. Though there’s a structured analytical course of, there nonetheless is a few subjectivity.

One of many challenges of reaching settlement with the Canadian Union of Public Staff is that the union represents a variety of completely different jobs, every with their very own exterior comparator. It’s potential that important wage changes for some jobs are warranted, however maybe not for all.

The unique ask for a 11.7-per-cent wage improve annually for 4 years would carry the common $39,000 wage to $60,700, and a $60,000 wage to $93,400. How does this examine to exterior benchmarks? Will inflation final 4 years?

The federal government’s provide has not helped with negotiations and doesn’t characterize actuality. Now we have two sides that seem unreasonable of their expectations.

Lorenzo Biondi Oakville, Ont.

Faculty values

Re Why Do We Enable Ontario’s Catholic Faculty System To Violate The Constitution? (Opinion, Oct. 29): I consider there may be nothing “progressive” about abolishing publicly funded faith-based training.

In Ontario, Catholic colleges present completely good training to over half one million college students and put together them for roles as productive, moral residents. No large-scale group is ideal; the demand for Catholic training by a major phase of the voters appears clear.

And in Ontario, funding allocations takes place on a per capita foundation. If college students had been to change from one publicly funded system to a different, the price of their training would stay the identical. The amalgamation of faculty boards within the Nineteen Nineties didn’t become the monetary or organizational panacea as was initially hoped.

Whereas missing constitutional assure, I see nothing improper in offering public funding to different faith-based colleges if ample demand exists and, as within the case of Catholic colleges, they implement all of the mandates of the Ontario Ministry of Schooling.

Istvan Hegedus Toronto


The authorized ensures of the place of the Roman Catholic church, which ran the faculties in New France, date to the Articles of Capitulation of the French at Quebec, which had been signed 5 days after Wolfe defeated Montcalm on the Plains of Abraham in 1759. It was extra exactly enacted into British regulation by the Quebec Act of 1774.

The act included what’s now Ontario within the space the place Catholic rights utilized. Its major function was to make sure the loyalty of French Canada to the British throne. In 1780, when my great-great-great grandfather joined a Loyalist regiment stationed on the Richelieu, he got here to a land the place Catholic training was already legalized.

In 1867, the fathers of Confederation drafted the British North America Act, which supplanted the Quebec Act and others in regards to the governance of the colony, and merely maintained a authorized established order that already had its centennial.

James Rusk Toronto


It’s appropriately argued that the existence of Catholic colleges is an anachronism. Nevertheless, the argument of Constitution violations reads like an oversimplification of constitutional actuality.

The Supreme Court docket of Canada has dominated that one part of the Structure can not override one other, even when they’re contradictory. Thus, part 93 can’t be nullified by part 15 on non-discrimination. Resolving such contradictions, then, is a political, not a judicial, subject.

Nevertheless, part 43 permits for modification by means of resolutions in a single province and federal parliament on points that have an effect on solely that province. In 1997, it was utilized by Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec to extinguish constitutional rights to denominational colleges.

Ontario is free to take the identical route. All that’s required is an act of political will. Actions in Newfoundland and Quebec had been met with widespread public help, had no detrimental political fallout and at last put the difficulty to relaxation.

Robert Crocker Bedford, N.S.

In the event that they construct it …

Re Ontario Wants Extra Housing, It Doesn’t Want Extra Sprawl (Oct. 31): We discover that Invoice 23, the Extra Houses Constructed Quicker Act, allows and promotes higher density inside city boundaries, with new as-of-right provisions throughout current neighbourhoods and round main transit areas.

These measures must be seen because the very definition of anti-sprawl, including mild density throughout current neighbourhoods and tremendously elevated density round transit infrastructure – exactly the place it must be – and enabling highest and finest use of land.

To deal with the present housing disaster, we want each intensification in city areas and extra low-rise housing at their peripheries. Doing each would give us the housing provide and selection we want.

Dave Wilkes President and CEO, Constructing Trade and Land Improvement Affiliation (BILD); Toronto


Re Council Ought to Commerce Golf For Housing And Parkland (Nov. 2): Municipal golf programs are a treasure in Toronto.

I personally have performed at Don Valley Golf Course for 60 years. The golf calendar in Toronto is a brief one (six months or much less); programs then open as parks for lovely winter walks and cross-country snowboarding.

Golf programs are fantastic items of artwork. I’m happy that the left-wing factor on metropolis council has been held at bay by our Mayor because it pertains to the event of golf-course properties.

Because of John Tory. Golf is vital!

Robert Dale Toronto

Inexperienced dwelling

Re Why And How To Plan Your Personal Inexperienced Funeral (Pursuits, Oct. 29): The Denman Island Pure Burial Cemetery, opened in October, 2014, was the primary standalone pure burial cemetery in Canada.

Whereas the cemetery’s providers are solely open to individuals with a residential or household connection to Denman Island, it’s a chief that different teams, akin to Salt Spring Island’s, adopted and consulted with carefully in their very own efforts to create inexperienced cemeteries.

It’s an sadly bureaucratic course of encumbered by the identical provincial laws that apply to traditional cemeteries, akin to upfront monetary charges to make sure upkeep in perpetuity if vital. (These are usually not wanted in a pure burial cemetery, the place the land is meant to return to its pure state, for instance.)

Hopefully governments will streamline regulatory necessities in order that teams wanting to ascertain pure burial cemeteries now not discover themselves, in case you’ll forgive the pun, buried in pink tape.

Stephanie Slater Denman Island, B.C.

Eye of the beholder

Re A New Artwork Gallery In Vancouver Would Enhance The Metropolis (Nov. 1): The Vancouver Artwork Gallery is positioned within the centre of the town, a website many different galleries or museums in Canada can solely envy.

I used to be on the opening in 1983. It was a wonderfully repurposed constructing. It too promised to indicate extra of the everlasting assortment. Nearly half of the primary flooring was dedicated to Emily Carr.

When attempting to lift funds for a brand new construction, artwork museums at all times complain about not with the ability to present extra from everlasting collections within the “outdated” one. What there must be is extra storage and entry to it, and higher use of current show areas.

I discover nothing improper with the peak of the VAG’s second-floor galleries. Sure, some “large names” will not be seen in Vancouver as a result of scale of their works. Life will go on.

There are many different choices obtainable, together with underutilized works within the VAG’s assortment.

Robert Swain Former artwork museum director, Kingston

The true factor

Re Montrealers Lament Loss Of Liberté Cream Cheese (Oct. 29): This delivered to the fore my despair and suspicions of collusion on the lack of my beloved Western Creamery cream cheese.

When information broke this summer time relating to the deletion of Liberté cream cheese (I’ve once in a while smuggled it throughout provincial boundaries) I quietly took solace that Western was nonetheless standing and life would proceed uninterrupted. Nevertheless as current shares started to dwindle, then disappear from grocery store and specialty retailer cabinets, it dawned on me that there was a connection.

I’ve seen this earlier than in different sectors, the place massive opponents purchase manufacturers with the predetermined intention to delete them. It’s to chuckle {that a} international big can not discover the capability to provide this high quality product that customers have constantly paid a premium value for, in desire over the choice industrial, processed, whipped goop.

Whereas they’re at it, please additionally return the crème fraîche.

Esther Shipman Toronto


I’ve been schlepping from retailer to retailer, looking out in useless for Western Creamery cream cheese. This now explains why it could actually’t be discovered.

So disappointing. Absolutely the corporate can reproduce the recipe.

Rhoda Kopstein Toronto


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