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Letters to the Editor for Thursday – Toronto Sun

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Bryan Passifiume

Thursday letters to the editor.
Thursday letters to the editor. Photo by Illustration /TORONTO SUN

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More than 85 low-income countries will not have widespread access to the coronavirus vaccine before 2023. Meanwhile, Canada has 63% of the total population fully vaccinated. With the vote coming up soon it is our duty to raise awareness and contribute towards Canadian aid to low- and middle-income countries. Not enough aid will only end up costing not only our government but the whole world increasingly more. Since 1970, the United Nations target has been for developed countries to give 0.7% of their gross national income to global aid spending. From April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020, Canada spent $6.6 billion. This is only 0.31% of Canada’s gross national income. Now more than ever we need to increase the funds. As Canadians travel abroad, they will be affected by the global health threats. Investing in Canadian aid means increasing vaccines for people, limiting the spread of COVID variants, leading on the world stage, and making for a better world. Much is at stake, but the solution is as follows. All of Canada’s political parties have to commit to increasing aid as it is not only just but also smart. We expect investments in Canadian aid and we, the people, have the power to make that happen. It is a privilege to live in a democratic country like Canada and we can use this to see a just global recovery from the pandemic.

Alishba Saqlain


(We should be sharing our abundant supply of vaccines. You can be assured most of the political parties will commit to increasing foreign aid. At least during the election)

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As a baby boomer, I often find myself reflecting on the past 70 years of my life and inevitably ask, “What the heck is going on?” I recall the days when acid rain, depletion of the ozone layer, smog, and pollution of our freshwater systems were the hot topics. In response, our governments of the day enacted tough emission standards, eliminated CFCs, and levied heavy fines for dumping toxic waste. As the years went by, as boomers we started thinking about our kids’ education, retirement and started demanding double digit returns on our investment portfolio. Along come the terms globalization, return on investment, cost structure, free trade and slowly but surely our manufacturing sector was outsourced. The solution we hear today is carbon tax. Now we attack and seek to destroy our resource sectors in a never-ending quest to shoot ourselves in the foot. Would a simpler solution not be to bring our manufacturing sector back to the Western world? Yes, it will cost more for consumer goods but by creating hi-tech super-efficient manufacturing facilities, it will not only bring back skilled jobs but prime the economy and most importantly reduce the need for those coal-fired power plants. Addition by subtraction, so to speak. It’s going to cost us one way or the other but I for one would rather get something for my money rather than throwing it down a black hole in the form of another tax.

Tom Tonen


(But increasing taxes is usually the only solution that politicians can come up with)

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