Making deals (called “plea bargaining”) is an opportunity for the Crown to reduce the court load and for the defence to minimize the severity of the crime. A win-win solution for all concerned – except the victim. It feels like legislators (making the laws) and courtrooms (applying the laws) value the notion of “legal” a lot more than the notion of “justice.”
André Corriveau, Stittsville
Bus station needed, and quickly
Why did Greyhound Canada bus lines close the depot downtown? I know, I know, another developer must build another condo.
Ottawa, a.k.a. Canada’s capital. needs a central bus station, and as Kelly Egan pointed out, the old one was midway between both Carleton and Ottawa universities, and near the Queensway. Now we must have a new one adjacent to light rail and the Queensway.
Please do this, powers-that-be, and quickly. Students, those without cars and thrifty travellers need this service.
Pat O’Reilly, Ottawa
Why are vaccine priority groups shifting?
I notice that people age 70 and up are now eligible for COVID vaccination through Ottawa Public Health. This is great news, but I have to ask why they are ignoring other vulnerable groups in Phase 2 while continuing to expand Phase 1 eligibility, which was originally limited to those 80 years and over.
In particular, why is it that those in the “highest priority” chronic health groups under Phase 2 of the province’s vaccination plan – who are more vulnerable to COVID than a typical 70 year old – continue to be excluded from the vaccine program while age cohorts originally in Phase 2 are arbitrarily “promoted” to Phase 1?
It seems to make the whole concept laid out in the province’s plan totally meaningless. It is also very frustrating for those with serious health conditions to watch the original promise of their priority status diluted or ignored.
Anthony Young, Kanata
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