Here are today’s Ottawa Sun letters to the editor.
CONSIDER THE LONG-TERM IMPACT
I question the decision to make masks mandatory in all commercial establishments in Ottawa. I also have not been able to decipher the rationale for this decision, other than Mayor Watson indicating this is for our own good.
The decisions of unelected and elected officials over the past four months have been knee-jerk, over-engineered and most of all destructive to the livelihood of the residents of Ottawa. We now know the models were flawed. None of the scenarios played out. To continue to hold this city in a state of unexplained fear is, at the very least, irresponsible. You are not considering the long-term impact on the health, both physical and mental, of Ottawa residents.
The signs on the Queensway have gone from Flatten the Curve, to Social Distance, to Stop COVID — Stay Home. So what is it? How are we four months in with lower case numbers each day and the fear factor is even higher than it was in April?
I have no problem with commercial establishments setting their own guidelines. I will respect the owners’ and their employees’ concerns to ensure a safe working environment. When I see the government accepting recommendations that do not seem to be supported by actual data, that is a problem. Ottawa residents have sacrificed a lot to keep our rates of infection low. The downstream social, economic and health impacts of this lockdown are going to be far worse than any outbreak might have been.
(Ottawa is not the only municipality doing this.)
Can someone, anyone, explain to me what white privilege means? If it’s going to improve my life, I what some of that! Let’s review where I came from. Maybe the answers are there? My father worked on the railroad. He started at age 11 delivering telegrams. His mother and father passed very early in life and he and three other brothers were raised by their two teenage sisters. Classic white privilege. My mother spent all her working life as a waitress. We lived with my grandfather in a three-storey walkup apartment that should have been condemned. Anything we got came from hard work, certainly not from white privilege.
White privilege is a myth. Don’t talk to me about discrimination; it’s everywhere and it affects everyone. To paraphrase a great man, “Don’t sit around complaining about your lot in life. Get a good education, work hard, be a good person, help your neighbours and life will be good to you.” This from the guy who delivered telegrams at 11 years old.
LET’S GET BACK TO WORK
Cancel all migrant worker programs, offer jobs to the unemployed, welfare recipients etc. If they refuse, cut their benefits. Reduce foreign students to 10 per cent; this would improve our doctor shortage in five years as there would be slots for Canadians in the programs. As for the workforce, it would take time, but maybe our work ethic of the past might return.
(That approach didn’t work so well for Mike Harris.)