Selected letters to mainstream newspaper editors

      

Many letters to the editors in mainstream publications are biased and slanted to suit their agenda. So, on occasion, try as we might, we simply cannot resist adding our own two-cents’ worth.
 

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Toronto Star -- December 15



We Don't Need Fighter Jets

 

A little perspective on the F18 Super Hornet: the fighter doesn’t carry enough fuel to fly from St. John’s to Vancouver. Canada is big.

At $500 million for the proposed Australian deal, five times Ontario’s hospital deficit and ten times the cost of moving assisted living out of hospitals and into homes, the cost is unconscionable.

Canada is a peacekeeping nation. Peacekeeping requires helicopters, not death-dealing Hornets. We do not now, and never will, need jet fighter interceptor/bomber aircraft. The F18 is designed to kill, inflict harm and avoid being struck by the enemy. We have no use for them. Search and rescue requires helicopters.

Our armed forces should be trained in defensive, covert action within our borders. Canada should be hostile toward invaders. It works for Switzerland. The F18 drains us dry.

Hugh McKechnie, Newmarket Ontario

Why not build our own fighter aircraft, with an eye to cost reduction and technical efficiency without too many bells and whistles. We have both the know-how and the investment capacity and we can do it cheaper. But we need to get on with it. As the world grows more dangerous, we need to develop our independent defence system now, with the sheer vastness of our country in mind.

Rose DeShaw, Kingston, Ont.

( Canada is undefendable-- a well-armed people's militia is best to thwart occupiers )



Toronto Star -December 14

King Street Havoc

I keep reading about initial city reports that the King St. pilot project is successful. I wonder what King St. and what city the reports are referencing?

The core along King is now a dead zone. North-south main streets, such as Church, are a mess of confused traffic — not only all day and into the evening, but now on weekends as well. Pedestrians and vehicles are confused, due to poor signage and ugly street-blocking structures.

To suggest that Front, Adelaide and Richmond Sts. have not been impacted is ludicrous. And Jarvis St. has become a parking lot.

You only need to walk the areas to see the havoc being wreaked by this poorly planned pilot project. This is downtown Toronto, but King now resembles the main street of a sleepy town.

How about an alternative? As King is a fairly straight route for streetcars, why doesn’t the city move them to the curbs? That would allow safer loading and unloading of passengers yet leave two free lanes in the middle for vehicles.

I fear that the city staff coming up with statistics are better at justifying poor solutions than seeking smart, eye-on-the-ground facts that might yield more sensible solutions.

Richard J. Anobile, Toronto

( John Tory ruined Woodbine Avenue with bike lanes)




Blue Boxes and Dog Walkers
 

During the first few years that recycling got started in Toronto, I was working and living in my studio on Bloor St. I would faithfully separate my garbage from anything recyclable and put it out in the proper containers at the appointed times.

Half the time, someone would inevitably walk by and throw garbage (banana peels or whatever) in the recycling bin I had set by the curb and, because of that, it would not be picked up. The next morning, I would bring it in, remove someone else’s garbage and try again the next week. Eventually I gave up and simply set everything out as garbage.

Now, being a home owner in a residential neighborhood, I again separate everything as required. The new experience I’ve noticed is that dog walkers frequently toss their bag of dog waste in any bin they see. So now it seems I will again be victimized by strangers and I will potentially be fined.

I wonder how the city inspectors will deal with me as I try to explain I don’t have a dog and it’s not my poop. Or will I now need security cameras for my recycling bin so I can prove I was not the culprit.

Adrian d’Angelo, Toronto

( Citizens' labor--let the garbage collectors do it)





Toronto Sun -- December 9

REAL WORLD TALK


“Trudeau’s trade deal with China turns into an embarrassment” (Mark Bonokoski, Dec. 5): The lesson to be learned here is that, in the real world, trade deals are about trade and nothing else. Whether or not the lesson has been learned remains to be seen as NAFTA talks continue.

David Montgomery
Cambridge Ontario

( We don't need any more shoddy Chinese stuff)

Toronto Star -- December 9



Land of the Silver Birch


I can’t believe the Canadian folksong “Land of the Silver Birch” made front-page news. It’s pretty shocking to see what is being identified as inappropriate by cowardly school administrators whose prime mission in life is to cater to parents.

It is especially shocking that Toronto District School Board administrators have labelled an innocent song as inappropriate when there is little control over some of the music with racy/foul language students are listening to on their personal devices in school buildings.

I fondly remember singing “Land of the Silver Birch” in elementary school and how we enjoyed the actions that went along with it. And I’m trying to find just one ounce of inappropriateness in the lyrics.

While administrators have ruled the song to be inappropriate, the music teacher is sticking to her guns and is suing for defamation. Good for her!

Trevor Dearham, Bradford, Ont.

( Good one)


Coming from Europe as a 10-year-old member of an artistic and literary family, a poem by E. Pauline Johnson’s was the first one I memorized many years ago and held in my heart. For this young new arrival, it was breathtaking to learn about the vastness and mystery of nature in my new land, which still holds true in spite of obvious problems. Her beautiful rhymes and elegant words must stand as a noble part of the Canadian canon.

Kathy Millard, Toronto
( Agreed )






Equality and China Trade

I am perplexed at the criticism from the Star and others as to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision not to engage in formal trade discussions without securing some basic demands.

It is well known that China is a rising power, the trade relationship with the U.S. is deteriorating and that trade liberation can be a path to greater political liberation.

It is also well established that trade agreements that do not adequately address basic labour, human rights and environmental standards are destined to create inequity and mistrust among citizens, leading to a rise in the kind of nationalism and political instability we are witnessing in much of the world today.

We should recognize and embrace China’s rich history and powerful economic potential. Yet in this unsettling moment in global politics, it would be dangerously naive to concede on the concepts of equality, liberty and respect for the rule of law.

Canada can engage with China through fair trade, educational exchange and ongoing dialogue. It need not be done via a trade agreement driven by narrow economic interests and political weakness. That would be a recipe for national and global strife.

Christopher Holcroft, Montreal


( Hey pal, we don't need them or their stuff )


Toronto Star -- December 3

Light Up the Beach

Let me see if I understand this. A local realtor wants to pay for and continue a 10-year tradition with a spectacular “Light Up the Beach” project along the boardwalk, while at the same time raising funds for the local Michael Garron Hospital.

But the city of Toronto does not seem to see this as a welcome community project. For some reason, the sponsor of this event is supposed to rent “the use of the trees” from the city and, this year, the city decided to raise the rent by 20 per cent, putting the event in jeopardy.

After several months of correspondence with the city and local councillor, the sponsor finally decided to absorb the extra costs himself.

I can only shake my head at the obstacles this sponsor has had to go through to do something beautiful and beneficial for the community.

Michael Cameron, Toronto

(The lights are nice)



Trump's "Hate"

It is unfortunate that President Trump chose to retweet three anti-Muslim videos from Jayda Fransen of Britain First. Someone should convert some of the sayings of John Milton, Edmund Burke or William Wilberforce into tweets so that Mr. Trump can retweet them. There are certainly many Brits worth retweeting but Mr. Trump got off to a bad start.

Bruce Couchman, Ottawa

(How naive)

By retweeting anti-Muslim videos of a far-right extremist group, U.S. President Donald Trump has shown he is willing to go very low in order to demonize all Muslims.

Trump has continuously used the fear tactic to create division, and this was a prime example of it. Attacking Muslims in this manner certainly doesn’t promote any “strong border security.” It only achieves to spread hate and solidify the hatred that is, unfortunately, already present among many people.

As for the videos, the actions performed by those individuals certainly do not represent the Muslim majority or the Islamic teachings. As a Muslim, I can testify that Mary Mother of Jesus holds a great stature in Islam, whereby an entire chapter of the Quran is dedicated to her.

The videos retweeted by Trump are a huge misrepresentation of Muslims and strategically threaten the safety of many Muslims, and even those who look like Muslims.

Fasih Malik, Calgary

(Race is all)






Toronto Star - Dec. 2

Police in Toronto Schools

I definitely have to agree with Rosie DiManno on this one. I am also deeply displeased at this foolish knee-jerk reaction of the board.

When 71 per cent of respondents said they had not had any interactions with an SRO and only 10 per cent disagreed with the officers being there, but the board still makes a decision to cease the program, one must wonder what is going on.

Rosie says it’s the “tail wagging the dog.” I think it’s much worse. When the wishes of 71 per cent of students are just cast aside, there is a big problem. This decision will have great repercussions and will, unfortunately, likely endanger the lives of some of the 90 per cent who felt safer with the SROs or had no opinion.

This loud minority, as well as the organizations that lauded this decision, can only be called self-serving.

The parents of the 10 per cent would do well, as DiManno suggests, to ask themselves why their children don’t want police in the schools.

It is my fervent hope that the parents and organizations that support this decision don’t come to regret their actions because a child is hurt at school.

Rita Maio, Woodbridge, Ontario

( Racemixing is dangerous.. they will be hurt)


Trump's Retweets

With all the divisive comments and anti-Muslim retweets from U.S. President Donald Trump in the news today, on top of all his racism-tinged statements over the past 11 months, he can now assume his true title: The Divider in Chief.

A Divider in Chief that now seems to play from the exact divide-and-conquer playbook as Vladimir Putin and the FSB, a Kremlin playbook that was exposed during and after the 2016 presidential election. The Kremlin has been using these techniques to create division for decades and now have a pawn in Trump, who will do anything to win, including used this playbook to a tee.

We all should have seen it coming when Trump first divided up the “conspiracy theorists” from the rest of the pack with his supporting then leading the “Birther Movement.” He then parceled out Republicans that disliked Obamacare and Barack Obama himself. He then convinced the disenchanted that America wasn’t so great anymore with the constant theme of how poor the country’s economy, trade deals and job loss to foreign markets have become, and chanted relentlessly that he, and only he, could make it great again.

After dividing and conquering the Republican Party, he found a new segment to part from the crowd the white apolitical, who have never really been courted and were primed to be conquered with divisive nationalistic rhetoric and who came out in droves and voted for him.

After dividing and conquering his way to the presidency, little has changed and I am always surprised when I watch, hear and read the political pundits continue to ask when Trump is going to become presidential and unite the American people, when it is clear that he never will.

However, now that Trump’s divide-and-conquer strategy has been exposed, we now know what to look for when we hear the dog whistles that continue to try to divide and conquer Americans.

Steven Manganello, Toronto

( White racists still like him )


More on Laurier


I notice that in Michael Coren’s piece, he slips in a dig at Canadian journalism for spending so much time on Lindsay Shepherd, the young woman pilloried at Wilfrid Laurier University for standing up for free speech. Coren writes as follows: “Obviously what happened was far worse than the mass slaughter of 305 innocent people in Egypt, otherwise we wouldn’t have had almost every columnist in Canada devoting so much time and righteous anger to the Laurier martyrdom.”

His sarcasm is duly noted. First off, there was plenty about Egypt in the media. But two things can be important at once. No one defending Shepherd is saying the killing of more than 300 Egyptians was insignificant. No one is ranking these events except Coren.

But if he’s so concerned about what happened in Egypt, why is he dedicating his column to the Shepherd story rather than to the slaughter of the 305? I smell a bit of hypocrisy.

Charles Lewis, Toronto

( Anti-white Coren is a Catholic hypocrite)


Toronto Star -- November 30

Essential to Democracy?


 

I was shocked by the sudden announcement that the Barrie Examiner and other local newspapers are gone. How will Barrie residents find out what is happening in our neighbourhoods? Who will hold our city council’s feet to the fire?

Most citizens are only aware of issues affecting them directly, unlike our local reporters whose job it was to be familiar with most issues, tracking them as they progress through council. Even if the citizens pay little attention, the fact that somebody is paying attention, keeps our councillors honest.

How will the opinions of thoughtful local people be collected? These newspapers published opinions by professional columnists who represented varied views. The letters to the editor page allowed community members to air their thoughts; highly partisan and well-argued ideas rubbed shoulders in these pages, sometimes galvanizing local politicians into action.

Our theatre groups and concert associations depended on the local newspaper to advertise their events and to criticize performances. Where will young media graduates get their training if they cannot write for a small local newspaper?

Probably most important is the fact that a local newspaper has always recorded the present for future historians. With local newspapers gone, the history of half the province’s population will be, well, history!

Peter Bursztyn, Barrie, Ont.

( The Jewsmedia couldn't care less)



Toronto Star -- November 29


Brown's Left Turn


If a Progressive Conservative government is not dramatically different from today’s Liberal government, then the devil we know must be smiling like a Cheshire cat.

Ricardo Di Cecca, Burlington, Ontario

(They're all anti-white globalists)


Patrick Brown has destroyed the provincial Progressive Conservative Party by turning it into a group of “progressive” liberal clones and banishing social conservatives in a pathetic effort to mimic the Liberals.

If I wanted “liberal,” I would vote for the real thing. Brown misrepresented himself to become leader and betrayed a substantial number of loyal Conservatives who supported him. He is an enforcer for “political correctness,” which I perceive as being the enemy. He is an utter disgrace and has left a gaping hole on the right that is just begging to be filled by a genuine conservative — hopefully before the next election.

Jeff Goodall, Oshawa,Ontario

(Still in la la land? Only White Nationalists count, Jeff)




Toronto Star -- November 26

Police in Schools

Schools are youth communities. Some have larger populations than Canadian towns. They require most of the amenities that are essential in the wider communities of which they are part, including policing. The visible meeting of these needs is not just service delivery, it is also good education.

However, in response to a tiny percentage of students stating, in response to a survey, that they feel surveilled or threatened by the presence of a Toronto police officer in school corridors, the school board removes this essential, educational presence.

Grow up, kids. Healthy, functional communities are policed, openly and preventively.

Shame on Black Lives Matter, et al. Your knee-jerk activism is misplaced, myopic and anti-social. Most of all, shame on the school board trustees.

Andrew Orkin, Toronto

( Black criminals rule in a multicult society)


Whatever happened to the adage “majority rules?” Although 89 per cent of those polled in schools were in favour of continuing the school resource officer (SRO) program, it is the mere 11 per cent not in favour whose votes counted.

This boggles the mind. Police are there to not only make schools a safer place but also to create a bond with students.

As for the 11 per cent who feel intimidated, it raises two questions. First, are some officers not suited to this position? And second, is it possible their fear is a fear of getting caught at something?

The next time there is an incident that could have been thwarted by a police presence, our brilliant trustees will do an about-face and welcome back the constabulary with open arms.

Dee C. Burns, East York Ontario

( Anti-racist fools don't believe in democracy)



Toronto Star -- November 23


The Government's IT Problems

How is it possible that every major IT project initiated by governments turns into a financial fiasco/boondoggle? The Phoenix non-pay system, the now scrapped Gun Registry and the unhealthily expensive eHealth come to mind.

Billions of taxpayer dollars wasted on high-priced IT consultants and companies that seem to produce a mile-high pile of very expensive dreck. Do we keep using the same “experts?” Maybe it’s a Russian/Chinese/North Korean hacker plot to bankrupt Canada?

Apparently, Phoenix needs another $500 million or so to hire more experts to fix what the other experts developed. Or perhaps we’re rewarding the first experts with an extra $500 million to get it right this time. Luckily, we don’t need that money for housing, poverty programs or transit.

Either way, not a peep from the sheeple. A collective shrug from the voters. Financial fiascos have effectively been normalized.

In Parliament, fun was had by all playing political ping pong with the blame ball and our tax dollars. No one resigns or is fired or called out as being responsible. Business as usual in the halls of power.

David Matoc, Toronto

( That's greedy capitalism)


Minimum Wage Hike Help

It’s amazing how many businesses claim raising the minimum wage will kill jobs. I thought lack of business killed jobs. The business won’t go away, the customers will still be there and, since this is the law, all competitors are affected the same way.

However, a bit more money in the pockets of those minimum-wage employees means they can spend more, which in turn increases business.

Our business minds have been poisoned by the Reaganomics and Thatcherism of 30 years ago. Since then, we’ve seen a steady decline in the standard of living, while the wealthy take more and more. It’s long past time to reverse that trend, by putting more money in the hands of those who need it. That way, we will see more jobs all around.

James Knott, Mississauga Ontario

(Agreed)


Toronto Star -- November 21

King Street Rules Excessive


All that needs to be implemented on King St. is no left turns and no street parking from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, which means weekend and holiday drivers are allowed to park on the street.

As for demerit points, is that really the way to treat people who might make a mistake, or out-of-towners?

This war on cars must cease now. We pay a fortune for gas, most of which is made up of taxes for every level of government. Parking spaces are scarce. And businesses are losing a fortune, as cyclists do not stop and shop.

And when cyclists damage our cars, the city’s refusal to license them and insist they get insurance only makes premiums rise for motorists.

On any given day I see cyclists ride through red lights, stop signs and advanced greens. Yes, there are many bad drivers, but not all accidents are the fault of operators of motorized vehicles. But we get the blame, the ire and the costs when an accident occurs.

Dee C. Burns, Toronto

( Tory's stupid war on bike lanes must end. Tell him at
mayor-tory@toronto.ca)



Toronto Star -- November 20

Low Voter Turnout

A poignant, yet sensible question posed by political columnist, Martin Regg Cohn. As usual, his argument is well defined and supported by solid numbers. So why does this happen? The photo in the article provides part of the answer. Davis, Lewis, Nixon, three leaders, each passionately committed to their political beliefs. Each exuded an element of trust that your vote would be respected. Each presented a platform that grew from beliefs and respect for the voter. Quick now, think about the three leaders we have today and then ponder on trust, respect and commitment. The result may well be a growing voter profile that lacks trust, are sick and tired of attack ads, are weary of being purchased at the poll by our own money and are suspicious that each of our current leaders sell trust and deliver bait and switch. It’s possible that the low voting turnouts are a signal that Ontario is saying pox on all your houses and are trying to figure out how to construct a minority government which could be the best alternative in the present bag of tricks on offer. Better yet — a promise to table a recall act.

Don Graves, Burlington Ontario

( They're all the same wimpy anti-white idiots)



Opioid Crisis Complex


 

The key word in the tragic death of a Toronto police officer is overdose, not Fentanyl. The main cause of death among Americans under 50 is now overdosing on opioids. This means that when they are prescribed a painkilling drug, they take more than the doctor told them to, and die. Why? Are doctors prescribing too small a dosage? Does the effectiveness of these addictive drugs fade after a while, so users make their own decision to increase their dosage and accidentally kill themselves?

Are people in physical or emotional pain taking painkilling drugs without seeing a doctor or pharmacist first, so they have no idea what is an effective dosage and what is a lethal one? Without free drug care, is it cheaper to buy a painkiller on the street from some uninformed dealer who has counterfeit drugs or is an addict himself who is over-prescribed painkillers by a corrupt doctor or pharmacist, and sells the balance to pay for his own drugs, so that every addict may become a pusher?

Journalists seem to think that addiction is the problem. It’s not. Many heroin addicts live successful lives. The problem is dosage. A doctor I spoke to says Fentanyl is known to be extremely toxic, yet some users choose to crush it and inject it for a bigger “hit” and die.

Non-addictive painkillers will not solve the problem of overdose deaths.

Simon Leigh, Toronto

( Successful heroin addict lives--are you nuts?)





Toronto Star -- November 18

The College Strike

As the college strike drags on, the lack of action is outrageous. The provincial government would have us believe it is not up to them to end the strike. Absolute nonsense. They are responsible for education and should have legislated the teachers back.

The colleges would have you believe they cannot hire more full-time staff. This is something we have to do as a society. We need to provide work. There has to be a way to address that issue.

The union has posted on its website, “One Day Longer, One Day Stronger.” What kind of a message is that to the students? For students, it’s one day longer, one day further from their goals, jobs and hopes. It’s one day longer to pay for when they have no money. It is a shameful message. It is a shameful display of power.

What future student would want to enroll in a college in Ontario if they are going to be faced with the uncertainty of a strike? How would the resulting decline in enrollment help the teachers or the colleges?

Carol Walthers, Aurora Ontario

 ( Good one)

Thursday’s “no” vote confirms that the college structure is dysfunctional and also underlines the Kathleen Wynne government’s failure to show leadership in a situation that cries out for the “fairness and opportunity” they brag about. The students’ futures could have been saved if the premier had agreed at the outset to address the precarious working conditions of most faculty.

Money seems to be the colleges’ main concern, with students running a distant, but lately convenient, second.

So here’s a suggestion: Let the faculty and students go back to school and have the administrators stay home (or walk the line if they are so inclined). With the help of the largely part-time support staff, the colleges would be able to deliver education as before. The savings from the salaries of full-time administrators would add greatly to the government’s fund for students in difficulty and the 24 presidents could busy themselves pressuring the mysterious, government-appointed College Employer Council to start negotiating in good faith.

Judy Robinson, Toronto

( Yes)


Toronto Star -- November 17

Peacekeepers-- Not Needed


We have good reason to try to stay above the fray in Africa by focusing on training and support. Specifically, there are no clear mandates or end-dates for conflicts in countries like Mali, Congo, Central African Republic or South Sudan. How could Canadian casualties ever be justified under these circumstances?

And why would Canada deploy troops to violent conflict zones where there is no peace to keep? It simply makes no sense.

If we just do the right things with the right motivations, everything will fall into place. In particular, if we are meant to attain a seat on the U.N. Security Council, fine. If not, that’s OK, too.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is proving to be a masterful statesman with his strategy to engage Canada in U.N. peace operations. This is a difficult file and he deserves our support.

Tobi Baumhard, King City, Ontario

( Canada, get out of meddling in foreign wars... Tell Trudeau
at pm@pm.gc.ca)




Toronto Star -- November 16

The Duterte Spat


It is to be expected that your paper would applaud our prime minister raising the issue of human rights with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. And I would join in the congratulations, had he not immediately followed patting himself on the back with a blatant and untruthful spin on the president’s reaction.

Better he had said, “I came, I saw, I scolded him, I angered him. I don’t care if he can’t handle the truth.”

It cannot be a “badge of honour” to take a principled stand, then stand and be immediately unprincipled.

Joe Hunter, Trenton, Ont.

( Not our business, pal )


Toronto Star - November 15

Rich Paying Their Fair Share?


Ed Broadbent, like so many others, feels the rich do not pay their fair share of taxes. However, he does not state the percentage paid by the rich, nor does he state his definition of what their fair share should be.

So let me share some numbers, from Canada Revenue Agency records from 2011. The top 0.75 per cent of Canadians, with incomes of $250,000 or more, paid 21.2 per cent of all income taxes collected that year. The top 10.2 per cent, with incomes of $80,000 or more, paid 57.2 per cent.

So while the top 1 per cent of individual taxpayers earn 11.7 per cent of all income, they pay almost 10-per-cent more than that in total taxes. What should that percentage be, for them to pay their fair share?

Alan McDonald, Trenton, Ont.

( What about their offshore money?)



King Streetcar A Pleasure

At last, money spent on a worthwhile project. After taking the 504 King streetcar three times a week for nine years and sometimes taking more than 20 minutes to get from Jarvis to John Sts., or having to get out and walk from Bay St. because of a backup of autos blocking the tracks, what a pleasure to be on and off in just five minutes Monday at 5:30 p.m.

It had been unbelievable why drivers chose King St. when there are one-way streets with no streetcars just a block away.

Although there were still a few cars on the tracks holding up the streetcars Monday, they could not make left turns, so they were not as detrimental as before.

A huge thank you, Toronto, for accomplishing this badly needed project.

Dorothy Gordon, Toronto

(You're the only fool who likes it)



Population Growth A Threat

Thanks for this sobering article. It is frustrating to realize that while the science experts are pretty well unanimous in agreement that we are heading for disaster, there are numerous politicians calling these observations a hoax and getting elected by doing so.

It is also interesting to note that the article makes no mention of population growth. Conservative projections say that, by 2050, we will reach a population of 9.7 billion and, barring radical changes in our living practices, the Earth cannot sustain that number.

In the same issue of the Star, there is an article regarding people insisting that loved ones be kept alive while in a brain-dead state. This is a tribute to the loving relationships within families but this practice would significantly add to the earth-sustainability problem should it become widespread.

Let’s have more consideration for those coming into the world by leaving a habitable environment and more respect for those leaving it by allowing them to die with dignity.

Tom Sullivan, Toronto

( Wake up, fool! 8 billion are nonwhite!)






Toronto Sun - November 15

PM Trudeau promised transparent government, Bill Morneau promised to help the middle class. Both may be 'trust babies, but that shouldn't be confused with "guys you can trust".

Steen Petersen
Nanaimo BC


( Yes)

Toronto Star -- November 14

Ukraine and Canada's Peacekeepers


The Liberal government should put the Ukraine peacekeeping mission into action. It is important to help a vulnerable country like Ukraine in the process of building a democratic system, that respects human rights and freedom of expression.

The peacekeeping mission in Ukraine and strong sanctions on Russia are crucial.

Thuan Truong, Toronto


(It's none of our business)


Toronto Star -- November 10

Sacrificed for What?


We must never forget the courageous Canadians that lost their lives so that we could have better ones. They fought for not only their country, but for family, friends and freedom. By not forgetting the sacrifices these soldiers made we remember the tragedies that have occurred, the horrors that many have witnessed and the values and freedoms that we as Canadians have. So, let us remember the sacrifice these fallen soldiers made so that they may live on forever in our hopes, dreams and freedom.

Sabrina MacLennan-Pereira, Guelph, Ont.

(Why aren't vets speaking up and marching for peace-- they failed to
protect freedom of speech here in Canada)


 

Toronto Star - November 9

Paying Fair Wages


 

Restaurant critic Amy Pataki asserts that everyone should tip at least 20 per cent of the bill after tax when dining out.

A 2016 study on tipping by University of Guelph professors Bruce McAdams and Michael von Massow pointed out many of the problems caused by this practice. They ranged from income inequality, as servers make more than cooks or management; competition for better tipping customers and lack of co-operation between staff, who tended to focus only on their own customers.

Servers work hard and it is usually not their fault if food is late or not up to expectations. By the same token, shouldn’t we be tipping cooks, bussers, managers, etc.?

Wouldn’t it be simpler for the hospitality industry to charge the full cost to their customers and pay servers a fair wage? This will bypass the problems and unfairness caused by tipping.

Moses Shuldiner, Toronto

( White racists say, raise the wages)



Make the Rich Pay?

 

Columnist Thomas Walkom talks about how low taxes drive corporate profits and then about how trade deals bring lower labour costs to Canada. Doesn’t he see a problem here?

On the one hand, with corporations and the wealthy paying less tax, the burden is pushed more and more onto people who are just trying to support themselves and their families. On the other hand, lowering labour costs means those same people are forced to earn less. We get hit from both ends.

This situation is driving more and more people into poverty, for the benefit of the wealthy. How are people supposed to live when they keep losing so much?

Perhaps it’s time to start putting the population, as a whole, ahead of blatant greed at the top. Those at the top should remember past revolutions, such as those in France, Russia and Cuba, when people got fed up with the upper class taking so much. We could be headed that way.

James Knott, Mississauga, Ontario
 

( The greedy never learn )



Toronto Star - November 8

End Welfare Clawbacks


Missing in the endless discussion on improving the wretched state of disability and welfare benefits in Ontario is an end to the existing clawback. Currently, for every dollar earned over $200 a month while on Ontario Disability Supports (ODSP) there is a reduction in benefits by 50 per cent. Instead, why not allow ODSP recipients to earn up to the agreed-on poverty income level before the reduction begins? This will cost the government nothing, provides a huge incentive to work and will raise the standard of living for those currently receiving the government pittance. Such a policy would also remove an enormous burden placed on families who often are required to support children, parents or siblings with disabilities living far below the poverty line. Best of all, the change would put money into local businesses as low-income earners usually spend everything they bring in.

Alison Griffiths, Burlington, Ontario

( Good one-- Tell Kathleen Wynne)


Toronto Sun - November 8

End the Strike

What a lot of people do not realize is that there are college students in Ontario who depend on competitive summer internships and jobs to make connections in their industry. This strike is throwing the proverbial wrench in the career paths of lots of young and driven students. It is time for Wynne to force these college teachers back to work in an attempt to allow students to graduate on time.

Dakota Stone
Aurora Intario

(Tell Kathleen Wynne)


 

Toronto Star -- November 7

A Larger Legacy


 

From Panama to Paradise, we have a tiny glimpse into the realities dictating our lives: aristocrats and power brokers taking aim at record profits while burying the booty in faraway jurisdictions. I remember voting for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, drinking his Kool-Aid about helping us commoners. Meantime, Trudeau’s friends in high places helped the multi-generational political star with the winning script.

The truth matters not in politics, at least when it comes to speeches. We’re fed lines about a political spectrum, then we are asked to pick a team. The problem is that the rhetoric is irrelevant, it exists only to grease a discourse designed to secure votes. Once power is secured, anything is possible for the people that backed the winners. I’m now of the opinion our prime minister was born into a scheme, his life part of a plan to milk the system.

Mike Johnston, Peterborough, Ont.

( Agreed)

First, we had the Panama Papers. Now the Paradise Papers. What we need is the Purgatory Papers: a public list of tax monies recovered and fines levied from persons nefariously using offshore trusts for tax evasion. Otherwise Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise of tax fairness is simply hollow electioneering.

Peter Pinch, Toronto

( You got it)




Toronto Star -- November 6

McConnell's Legacy


Three years ago, Rob Ford bowled over Councillor Pam McConnell on the council chambers. On November 2, right wing councillors did the same to her legacy. Ward  28 community leaders let council know who they wanted to represent them. But a block of councillors decided that a right wing voting buddy was more important than Pam's legacy.

Moira Dunphy, Toronto

(Council cheats Toronto voters.. Tell John Tory, mayor_tory@toronto.ca

...We will)

Globe and Mail -- November 1

Sink or Swim Ethics

Re PM Rebuffs Calls To Name Ministers Who Used Loophole For Assets (Oct. 31): I am so confused. Is this the same Justin Trudeau who promised openness and transparency in government?

Or was it some Halloween imposter dressed up to look like him who wouldn't tell Canadians which MPs employed the same questionable ethics as the Finance Minister?

Valerie Mason, Saint John

( Both as phony as a $3 bill )





Toronto Sun -- November 1

Halloween Cleanup

Re “Deer with head stuck in plastic pumpkin bucket rescued” (Associated Press, Oct. 30):
This is a prime example of the effects our littering can have on local wildlife. Animals are frequently getting stuck in bottles, plastic bags, and containers, among many other things. With Halloween decorations being used and discarded as the month closes, we must be diligent in cleaning up after ourselves and not leave hazardous objects laying around that can entrap animals. Not only does clearing up our litter protect animals, it also benefits us by reducing the presence of animals such as raccoons and rats, which are attracted to garbage, especially pumpkins, during the autumn season.

Vanessa Hanson

Aurora, Ontario

( Thanks )



Zombie Law

I normally don’t support Liberal initiatives, but find myself in favour of the proposed “zombie bill” (“Fines for distracted walking eyed,” Canadian Press, Oct. 31). Talking or texting while crossing the street is a dangerous and stupid act. There is constant dialogue with regards to making our roads safer and reducing the number of pedestrians killed, some by distracted drivers. Putting some of the responsibility back on those who walk across intersections, phones in hand, makes perfect sense. Perhaps we could take it one step further and enact a bill for the summer months only. Pedestrians should not be allowed to wear tight or revealing clothing. This behaviour is very distracting to even the best of drivers.

Mike O’Hearn, Toronto

 (Too many laws now)





Toronto Star - November 1

Tory's No Rob Ford

Sunday’s light review of Mayor John Tory’s promises kept and broken didn’t dive too deeply. Setting aside the quibble as to whether Mr. Tory ever used the word “promise.” he certainly flagged a range of intentions — some achieved and some not.

But his greatest promise kept, albeit a tacit one, was his assurance that he was not and would never be, Rob Ford. In this, Mr. Tory has been a raving success. Serenity, civility and business acumen are apparent at city hall. Time is redeemed and the Google/Amazon bids are feasible. An unstated “promise” most assuredly kept — Toronto is serious again.

P.D. Brown, Toronto

(Tory's an idiot causing travel congestion and stupid bike lanes.Wake up )




Toronto Sun - October 31

BAD TRUCK DRIVERS

I’m a seasoned truck driver who has been embarrassed and frustrated with the once respected and trusted industry in recent years. The need to move freight in this extreme consumer society has changed the requirements for employment drastically, from no experience required to automatic trucks. The mentality of the new Canadian/new driver regarding speed and a huge lack of professional courtesy is worrisome. It has forced professionals to change their habits out of frustration. Anyone can go fast, but it’s always been and should be all about how fast you can stop!

Steve McHale. Owen Sound Ontario

( Sikhs don't care)



BAD DEAL

That was one powerful, insightful article by Mark Bonokoski on the imbalance of justice meted out to our indigenous brothers and sisters, versus millions in compensation for three Canadians reportedly tortured in Syria (“Numbers don’t add up,” Oct. 29). It appears we will never be able to recompense our native people for damage we have done them.

Stella Mazzacato   Mississauga Ontario

( They lost the war)


Toronto Sun -- October 30

Ambassador Mansion

Good news. WHO goodwill ambassador Robert Mugabe has been replaced by … Charles Manson.

Terry Toll,Campbell’s Bay, Que.

( Globalists' hypocrisy)



Toronto Star -- October 29

Ask the Real Questions


In 1993, I was given a questionnaire at work which asked the question “Are you a member of a visible minority?” At the time, I was living around Jane and Finch so I answered “Yes” since I am a university-educated white male, but added the caveat that I am a member of a visible minority, but not in the traditional sense of being a member of a racial group that has been historically discriminated against. Instead of using this euphemism, maybe they should be asking the real questions regarding discrimination, harassment, access to basic services, poverty, employment trends and housing?

Dean Wiley, Mississauga, Ontario

( Right on )



Torture Payout Inflated

This is in response to the PM’s invitation to express outrage about these cases. They were mistakes, should not have happened or happen again, and are properly regrettable. My biggest outrage, however, is at the grossly inflated amount of the settlements.

Whatever happened to these individuals, although they may deserve compensation, they do not merit multimillion dollar payments, in effect a life of relative wealth, at leisure, at the expense of taxpayers, most of whom have no chance of remotely comparable wealth. I understand the pragmatic rationale for the payments, but the amounts agreed upon are egregious, perhaps about fives times what would be reasonable.

In light of these cases, that of Omar Khadr and others, it is perhaps time to consider some legislated norms/maximums for compensation in such cases. Such legislation might be put to a free vote in Parliament, perhaps even introduced first in the Senate and then the result put before the Commons.

Such cases should not happen but, if they do, neither should outrageous settlements.

Rick Kirby, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
( Any way you cut it, whites shouldn't torture )



Toronto Sun -- October 29

Niqab Ban

Refusing public services to a specific minority group based on their attire is completely against Canadian values and is subject to harmful repercussions. What’s interesting is that this legislation is being painted as a mere “face-covering ban” when clearly it is more than that. If they can ban it, they should muster up the bravery to call it for what it actually is — a niqab ban, targeting Canadian Muslim women. This unconstitutional legislation opens the doors for more hate crimes against Muslim women. Moreover, it seeks to legitimize xenophobia and supports the views of Islamophobes and gives them the confidence to engage in harassment the next time they come across a Muslim woman. First, it is the niqab ban for public services. Next, they would ban niqabs completely. Then, the hijab and so on. Bottom line is that by tolerating this disgraceful legislation, we open the road for a progressive rejection of one particular group. This ban would be a stain on the great record of our beautiful nation and we must not tolerate this intolerance at any cost.
Fasih Malik, Calgary
(Go back to Pakistan--this is a white society with open faces, dummy)


 
Toronto Star --- October 28


Niqab Debate

Martin Regg Cohn writes: “Picking on a harmless group is never pretty. But it is especially ugly when state power intimidates new immigrants facing possible language, health or safety issues — making them objects of ostracization and opprobrium.”

Let us call a spade a spade. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard is a bully. Bullying is an especially pernicious form of arrogance that infects insecure people who find themselves supported by groups of hangers-on and it is usually addictive.

History has many examples of ordinary people, like Adolph Hitler in Germany and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey, whose bullying started out quite innocuously and developed over time to horrific proportions.

The federal Governor in Council should immediately refer Quebec’s Bill 62 to the Supreme Court before the new law takes administrative grip over Canadians living there. And Parliament should seriously consider passing legislation to make it a criminal offence for any government to pass constitutionally offensive laws without first asking the federal government to refer the matter to the Supreme Court.

Patrick Cowan, North York, Ontario
 
(Another self-loathing Irish idiot )



Interesting that the editorial staff of the Toronto Star would suggest that those who support Bill 62, undoubtedly numbering in the millions, should be “ashamed of themselves.” Since when is it shameful to express a different point of view and support it? This law was passed by duly elected representatives within the rules of a democratic society. And the Star calls this “hateful.”

There are concerning reasons why Canadians should not cover their faces while going about their day-to-day business; security comes to mind. Perhaps those who want to live in Canada should be more tolerant of Canadian customs and adapt. This is Canada.

Donald Cangiano, Oakville Ontario

(Loving reds hate all opposition)


Toronto Sun -- October 28

BROWN WRONG AGAIN

Re “Brown wrong” (Letters to the Editor, Oct. 24):
The letter writer, in response to an article about Patrick Brown shutting down PC so-cons, states he will now only vote for a politician who represents his “views” and “can be counted on to be honest and straightforward.” Well, actually, so-cons believed Brown was “honest and straightforward” when we supported his leadership bid — and urged our friends to join us. He went on to betray us, and now this party leader whose campaign trumpeted absolute loyalty to the grassroots has been in the business of attempting to parachute handpicked candidates into ridings — with potentially more to come. The question begs: How does anyone determine which candidate is not lying for the sake of votes?

Donna Procher, Innisfil Ontario

( Brown's a neo-con goof )




Toronto Star -- October 27

Sears Employees Scrooged

Re: Demise of Sears Canada should be catalyst for change, McQuaig, Oct. 26

Linda McQuaig’s column hit the nail on the head. A huge spotlight needs to be shone on the Eddie Lamperts of the world, to ensure corporations never get the chance to screw so many out of their severances and pension savings. Christmas is coming and Sears employees got Scrooged. A lump of coal for Eddie Lampert, a modern-day pirate in a pinstripe suit.

Gerry Lenaghan, Brampton Ontario

(Globalist bastards stink... tell them)



Toronto Star -- October 26

Coverage Favoring Incumbents


I agree with Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon that incumbency is a big hurdle to overcome and we need more fresh blood on council. I ran against her in 2010 because, like many I know, I think she has been a terrible councillor.

But I am not a fan of term limits. McMahon’s proposed limit of two terms is too short, as it means on the day a new council is sworn in, the most experienced councillors would have only four years of experience. But people should not serve 20 or 30 years on council — there should be a lifetime limit.

I also support ranked ballots, but even this reform is not enough.

The big hurdle I faced when running in 2014 was name recognition and lack of fair media coverage. I had no name recognition, and the Star did not cover Ward 32, at least not until Sandra Bussin entered the race just before the deadline to register. I came in third, despite not getting any coverage.

The Star only covered a handful of council races in 2014. About 65 people ran for mayor, and I got more votes than 60 of them, yet the “also-rans” for mayor at least got some coverage from the Star.

Most voters are apathetic about municipal politics. Voters preferences are largely shaped by media coverage and, sadly, many people vote at advance polls just as election signs are going up, because people have decided who they want as mayor and do not wait to find out more about the race in their ward.

I have not decided if I will run again or not but, because McMahon is not running, our ward is certain to get media coverage. Meanwhile, incumbents in most other wards will coast to victory because of a self-fulfilling prophecy — the media assume the incumbent will win and the lack of coverage assures it will happen.

Brian Graff, Toronto

( This dumb dame ruined Woodbine Avenue traffic)



Bill Strips Freedom
 

This is a sad day for the people of Ontario. At the swift passing of Bill 163, we have been stripped of the freedom to peacefully assemble, pray and give witness to life outside abortion facilities.

Without real evidence, the grossly biased committee aligned itself with the abortion industry and declared safe zones inside a 50-metre radius. Woman can no longer receive last-minute efforts to choose an alternative. And there isn’t a shred of consideration for that little patient’s right to life and protection.

For the past seven years, 40 Days For Life has assembled outside the abortion clinic at 101 Queensway W. No incidents of violence or intimidation have occurred. Just a lot of prayer, mostly from the law-abiding members of our local churches. Five babies’ lives were spared, that we know of.

One day we will all have to answer to our creator for the part we did or didn’t play in the desecration of innocent life.

Genevieve Carson, Mississauga, Ontario

(Blame white whores)



Toronto Sun -- October 25

Double Standard


Re “Bill 62 divisive, Wynne says” (Antonella Artuso, Oct. 20):

NDP MPP Peggy Sattler is quoted as saying “there is no circumstance in Ontario in which anyone should ever be able to tell a woman what she can wear or not wear.” Would this, then, imply her permission to women who wish to wear anti-abortion T-shirts within bubble zones near abortion clinics? No dialogue, no understanding, no peace. Anywhere. Think about where the world has gotten itself. Yes. I was adopted.

Bob Weindorfer, Toronto

(Whites' way is not the world's way)


Toronto Star -- October 24

Imam's Story Polarizing


When words fail, Oct. 22

When words fail is one of the most remarkable, revealing and hopeful articles the Toronto Star has ever published on Jewish and Muslim relationships in Canada.

The article shines much needed light on how good will can search for truth, understanding, reconciliation and create space for the greater good, while bad will dredges for and elevates misconceptions, honing truth distortion in the service of enduring enmity and division.

The Star, Bernie Farber and journalist Jennifer Yang deserve much credit for this cautionary tale, this landmark must-read account — discerning, illuminating journalism at its best.

Marjorie Robertson, Ottawa Ontario
 

( Naive dame)
 


 

Toronto Sun -- October 23

I was sorry to hear of the death of Gord Downie. He was an inspiration to cancer sufferers everywhere — especially brain cancer patients. However, I cannot for the life of me understand the hype about this incident. He was an entertainer, no doubt about that, but he did not appeal to all Canadians. To have our prime minister blubbering on TV about his loss was, to say the least, embarrassing. I fail to see where the “Canadian icon” bit kicks in, just because he was a friend of the Trudeau clan. Furthermore, how did this become a national issue, to the point where our nation’s flag was flown at half mast on the Hill? Small wonder that we are in the state we are, with the current set of priorities!

Gary Worton

Cambridge, Ontario

( Hedonist anti-racist culture won't survive )


 

Too Much Drama

Sad to see Gord Downie’s passing, he certainly was a great musician. However, I do think “Prime Minister Drama” could have saved some of those tears for the citizens of Canada that live under his and the federal Liberal party’s reign of incompetence.

Brian Kneller, Kitchener Ontario

(Trudeau... spoiled globalist brat)



 


 

 


Toronto Star -- October 20

Bad Bicyclists

 

Once again this morning, while walking through Allan Gardens, I was struck by the elbow of a speeding bicyclist who, after blowing by the prominent “No cycling allowed” signs that grace every entrance to the park, approached me from behind, with no bell or other warning. Of course, he never said a word nor slowed down for a second. Luckily, I escaped with a small bruise on my arm.

In my daily rounds of the city, I routinely see cyclists running red lights and stop signs, speeding by open streetcar doors, riding on crowded sidewalks, making unsignalled left turns through oncoming traffic and ever other act of illegal stupidity that it is possible to do on a bike.

I am a cyclist. I ride regularly all over the city. I support the expansion of separated bike lanes. I am excruciatingly aware of how dangerous it is to ride in this city. Which is why I am infuriated by the self-entitled idiots among my fellow bike riders — and they are legion.

The other side of this dangerous situation is a city that passes bylaw after bylaw while doing nothing to enforce them. In six years of daily walking, biking and driving in this city, I have never seen a police or bylaw officer ticket a cyclist for any offence.

Mayor John Tory, stop bloviating about public safety and enforce the laws we already have.

Jim Conchie, Toronto

(Way too many bike lanes now-- Tell Mayor Tory in a letter to
mayor_tory@toronto.ca)




Toronto Star -- October 19

RESTAURANT TIPS

Re: Do I really have to tip 18 per cent at a restaurant?, Cleveland,
Oct. 17

A reader asked etiquette columnist Karen Cleveland whether the standard tip has gone up from 15 to 18 per cent in Toronto. An accompanying Star poll online asks readers about tipping practices, but the highest choice available was 18 per cent.

I have been tipping 20 per cent for at least 20 years, as have most people I know. I was horrified to see how many readers chose 10 per cent or even nothing!

We do not live in Europe, where a service charge is added to our restaurant bill. Canadian and American business owners are fortunate to have customers pick up a large portion of their labour costs. It’s a strange system, but not tipping won’t change it.

If you cannot afford a decent tip, you can’t afford to eat at a restaurant. The standard tip has been 20 per cent for a long time.

Laura Kaminker, Mississauga Ontario

(A rich idiot's idea)



Toronto Sun - October 19
 

Voting Trillium

I’m a social conservative who will respond to Patrick Brown’s response to social conservatives by voting for the Trillium Party. In my view, if you lack morals like Wynne and Brown do, voting for them will be like wasting another four years. Jerry Agar’s Sun article a few months back led me to the Trillium Party and it has all the conservative issues I stand for, plus morals.

Carmen Schiroso, Mississauga Ont.

(We'll see)




Toronto Sun -- October 18

Disastrous Strike

As a student embarking on post-secondary education, the thought of a strike strikes me as disastrous. Initial feelings of joy and excitement are quickly replaced by unease and worry. What seems like an excuse to evade class and skip assigned readings is in truth problematic, accumulating work and leaving students picking up the pieces of their education. Not only does this affect their futures academically, they are also affected financially. Despite thousands of students petitioning for reimbursement of $40 for each day the strike continues, this merely covers, approximately, tuition fees. It does not, however, take into account the cost of rent and the amount of students’ time lost, including opportunity cost for the time which could be spent producing an income, or engaging in other activities, as well as delay in receiving their degrees and entering the workforce. With college professors out picketing, students are left hoping for the best.

Ahmad Pasha,St. Catharines Ontario

(Some good points)



Toronto Star -- October 18

Fixing College

I am a college professor with more than 48 years in the Ontario system and a member of the local executive committee of OPSEU Local 560 (Seneca College).

Martin Regg Cohn’s column stresses three issues: the fate of vulnerable students; the colleges’ discount-department-store business model, in which faculty are the academic equivalent of Walmart associates; and the union demand for meaningful involvement in college governance. I’d like to reply to each.

This strike (like the three previous in the colleges’ 50-year history) is being produced, scripted, orchestrated and choreographed by the government of Ontario, which is likely to legislate faculty back to work in three to four weeks — assuming that the College Employer Council continues to refuse to negotiate in good faith. The likely effect on students? Fall exams may be rescheduled for early January and their 2018 spring break might be cancelled. Premier Kathleen Wynne will make accommodations, especially in light of the forthcoming election.

Meanwhile, the obvious injustice, inefficacy and inefficiency of turning upwards of 70 per cent of teaching over to precarious teachers, who are denied the resources and time to deal with class preparation, student counselling and grading, does permanent damage to all concerned.

Finally, it is not OPSEU but the teachers themselves who made the related issues of college governance and academic freedom our top demands. If fresh life is to be breathed into the broken college system, it must come from the curriculum and classroom experts — the faculty — in the interest of the students, the larger society and the colleges themselves.

The employer is only willing to talk about salaries, but this is not about money; it’s about a college system in disrepair.

Howard A. Doughty, Richmond Hill

 (Thanks)



 

We have too many part-time and sessional teachers throughout the system. Always having to be rehired every few months, combined with administration’s new focus on a business model where there is pressure to pass more students so we can say we are successful, is not what post-secondary education should be about.

We need to be honest with our students and if they lack ability, work ethic or do not come to class, then the grades should reflect that reality. At Seneca, administration took our acid test of achieving 55 per cent on the exam to pass a subject down to 50 per cent, along with some other strategies to get more students through our programs.

Customers are always happy when they get a deal, but they are less happy when that product falls apart after a couple of uses. Our faculty are the workers on the line and we have a lot to say about what constitutes a quality product.

This strike is sounding an alarm. It would be wise to listen to us.

Russell Pangborn, Keswick Ontario

( Yes )





Toronto  Sun -- October 17

TALIBAN ADMIRABLE?

I have more respect for the Taliban now that Joshua Boyle is home. That a terrorist group would take care of a man and his wife and three children for five years is admirable. I doubt most terrorists would be interested in letting captives breed and have children and raise a family. I say kudos to the Taliban, they cannot be all bad. Not even the Americans would have allowed this in Guantanamo.

Robert Burk, Bracebridge Ontario

 ( Islamists still brutal )



No Justice

Re “Guilty verdict in gas-dash” (Sam Pazzano, Oct. 11):

Max Tutiven’s long history of gas-and-dash crimes undermines the sense of confidence we should have in our justice system. When Tutiven, 44, struck and killed attendant Jayesh Prajapati for $112.85 worth of gas and thought he struck a pylon, his senseless crime was almost destined to happen. Although we feel relieved that Tutiven’s second-degree murder conviction will keep him behind bars, the victim’s wife and son have lost a loving husband and father who moved to this country from India to pursue a better life. Tutiven testified that he robbed gas stations every three to four days since he was 16. That would suggest he pulled off hundreds of such crimes. It’s disturbing to learn how someone can commit a lifetime of crimes and face few consequences or oversight until a gas station attendant is killed for trying to stop Tutiven from stealing gas where he worked. In the words of the victim’s wife, “My husband was an innocent man just trying to make a living.” It’s a shame that our justice system failed to protect the victim from a career criminal.

Robert Ariano, Scarborough Ontario

(White racists hate criminals)



Toronto Sun -- October 16

Scary Times

I have a book with a collection of Donato’s cartoons from years ago. In fact. I bought it when P.E. Trudeau was prime minister. There is one cartoon in it that shows Middleclass Man standing inside a glass dome in a museum. I guess Junior is going to finish the job. Scary times ahead for the working class and the retired.

Betty Lowther

Cobourg Ontario

( Stop all immigration now)



Toronto Sun   October 14


"Chief" A Form of Respect


Enough is enough. This is political correctness gone mad. The word “chief” is not an inherently Indigenous word. It derives from the French word “chef,” which means a leader or commander.

It was used by Shakespeare long before it was applied to the original inhabitants of the Americas. Just because it was the word used to denote the leader of a group of natives, it has not lost its generic quality.

What’s next? Will the 12 tribes of Israel now have to be called something different because the word “tribe” was also applied to a band of Indigenous people?

This is insanity. And the saddest part is that the people making such decisions are responsible for educating our children.

Ronald Weir, Toronto

(Just idiots' anti-racism at work)


 

This follows closely on the heels of the federal government’s proposal to change the oath of citizenship to require new Canadians to faithfully observe treaties with Indigenous peoples. Just how does a new Canadian fulfill or comply with treaty obligations? Another pointless exercise.

The reality is that we have done virtually nothing since Confederation to seriously address problems experienced by Indigenous Canadians. Even the highly touted inquiry into missing and murdered women appears to be floundering.

Instead of a serious examination of problems experienced by Indigenous peoples, we are getting shallow gestures that smack solely of political correctness.

Mirek A. Waraksa, Toronto

(Tell the Toronto District School Board-- we will)




Toronto Star -- October 13


Abortion Laws and Population Decline


One can agree that bringing a massive number of immigrants into an underpopulated nation like Canada makes sense. But the editorial totally misses the mark, since it does not address the cause of the demographic problem and the better long-term solution.

The lack of any law restricting abortion has helped depopulate Canada, relatively speaking, accounting for the lack of young people and a dangerously aging population. One of the best ways is to increase immigration but another excellent way to guarantee a future is to permit children in the womb to see the light of day.

The editorial ironically is applauding the intellectual and professional pillaging of other nations by Canada. I can hear this ad: “Give us your brightest, most educated, most skilled, most motivated citizens and, in return, we will donate $654 million to help you destroy your unborn children through promotion of reproductive rights and health.”

The unfairness and illogicality of such thinking is astounding for its emptiness, vulgarity and a veiled form of racism in its own right.

Dan Di Rocco, Markham, Ontario

(Yeah, anti-white racists, when white racists should have saved us )



RCMP Questions Biased
 

Re: RCMP test for border crossers suspended, Oct. 12

It is just heart-breaking to know that more than 12,000 men, women and children have been asked unnecessary and inappropriate questions about their thoughts on Muslims. It is important to ask questions and make sure everyone is safe and sound, but if there are only questions relating to Muslims, it is absolutely biased and insulting.

No one should be judged for their religion or what they wear. I am appalled by this behavior and want the RCMP questionnaire changed so it’s not biased against a specific religion.

Hafsah Younus, Whitby, Ontario

(Do you give others the same rights in your countries?)


 

Toronto Star -- October 11

Dove Ad Article Misleads


The article on Dove’s supposed dive-bomb is a little misleading. Like most of the incensed populous, the article takes into account only half the commercial. Even the picture depicted is carefully selected to make the ad look racist. Had you watched the whole clip, you’d have seen two other ethnicities. The whole point was to say that Dove is made for you, regardless of your skin type. It’s a pretty obvious message, unless you’re the type of person who looks for reasons to be offended. If you’re out to find racism, then you’ll find it whether it’s there or not. Poll your readers. I’d bet the vast majority of those all bent out of shape about this haven’t even seen the whole ad.

Joey Jackson, Niagara Falls, Ont.

(Everyone is a racist on the Internet--check it out)



Scalping Remark Shocking

Re: Complaints filed over JP’s remark to lawyer, Oct. 10

I was shocked to read the comments of Justice of the Peace Robert McNally, suggesting that the Mi’kmaq may have “scalped” British comedian Benny Hill.

I would remind Mr. McNally that, here in Halifax, people have gathered around the statue of Edward Cornwallis to mark British acts of scalping for almost eight decades now.

I know nothing of the Justice’s family heritage. Nevertheless, here in Canada, the name McNally was no bar to scalping actual flesh-and-blood Mi’kmaq people in the mid-18th century.

Todd McCallum, Halifax, N.S.

 ( Scalping was an Indian act...it shames whites)



Toronto Sun - October 10

LABOUR RIGHTS

While I commend the government in its attempt to give employees the rights they deserve, this still leaves opportunities for employers to abuse these rights. If the Liberal government really wants to create an even playing field, they need to reintroduce the anti-scab laws that Harris took away from us. We strike because it is our last resort, not because we want to. Sometimes it is the only way we can truly show our worth. Yet, if my employer wanted, they could bus in replacements for my coworkers and me. That doesn’t seem right. While we have everything to lose, companies don’t have the same pressure. They can take that hostile stance against the union and their workers, and build up hostile tensions, while drawing out our talks. There is still time for the Liberal government to address this problem with Bill 148. For us to come together and fight for our rights when necessary, we need the comfort in knowing that we can’t momentarily be replaced in the very job we are fighting for.

Liyu Guo, Scarborough Ontario

(Harris was a disaster )




Toronto Star -- October 8

Backing Rob Ford Stadium

Mayor John Tory’s support for renaming a stadium after Rob Ford was nothing short of tactical brilliance. Remember, it was not Tory who proposed it in the first place. Doug Ford raised the issue, no doubt hoping to energize his base when Tory rejected it. However, the mayor didn’t play into his scheme. Ford’s bubble burst. His political gamesmanship was denied. Well played, Mr. Mayor.

Bruce Kerr, Toronto

( Doug Ford will be mayor)



Toronto Sun -- October 7


No Indoctrination?

I want to clear up some misconceptions about the board’s Islamic Heritage Month Resource Guidebook for Educators that has been written about by the Toronto Sun over recent days. Earlier this week, concerns were raised with the guidebook’s definition of Islamophobia. We agreed that it may be open to an incorrect interpretation and took immediate steps to correct it by aligning it with the definition laid out by the Ontario Human Rights Commission. There have also been concerns raised about learning about another religion in school. To be clear, the Toronto District School Board is secular and the curriculum and teaching in schools does not promote any particular religious practice, denomination or sect. There is no indoctrination — never has been and never will be. The TDSB follows the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum. The guidebook is a resource. It is not a policy, nor is it mandatory. The guidebook makes this clear. The Islamic Heritage Month Guidebook for Educators was developed to foster awareness and understanding of Islam’s important contributions, historical perspectives, cultural traits, customs and language. One of the goals behind any heritage month — of which the TDSB has many including so far, Jewish, Sikh, Somali, Asian, Italian, Aboriginal, Tamil, African, Greek, Latin American and Portuguese — is to help schools and communities create a better understanding of religious and ethnic diversity, promote a more inclusive society and reduce incidents of intolerance, bigotry and stereotypical perceptions.

Robin Pilkey

Chair, Toronto District School Board

(There's no White Heritage Week--or month. Ask her why:
here --we will:
http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Contact-Us  )





Toronto Star -- October 7

When Will America Say "Enough?"

I know why. Anyone from a retired millionaire to a high school student can buy or get assault rifles. Assault rifles are designed for only one thing: to kill people. They are not for hunting, self-defence or target practice. Until you get assault rifles out of the hands of the public, you will continue to see mass shootings.

Joe Virio, Bowmanville, Ont.

(Racemixed societies need guns for protection from racemixed killers)


 

I watched a clip of Speaker Paul Ryan commenting on the mass murder in Las Vegas. This is the same Paul Ryan who blocked Democratic representatives from forming a select committee on gun violence. He said, “We cannot let the actions of a single individual define us as a country. This is not who we are.”

I’m sorry, but you’re wrong. It is who you are. You’re the country where, over and over, people are killed and wounded en masse by persons wielding easily accessible firearms, usually semi-automatic weapons with no purpose other than to kill people, and continue to do nothing about it.

That’s what the rest of the world thinks of first when it thinks of the United States. You should be ashamed.

Stephen Whitzman, Toronto

( Typical--all Jews want wites to be scared)





NOW MAGAZINE --Oct. 5

More Sex Will Save Us


If author Corrine Fisher was depressed over being dumped then the oracle was right when she agreed with Zeus that women derive more satisfaction from sex.  Too bad Hera was so angry that she blinded
Tiresias on the spot.

Women like sex more than men, so their sexual repression hurts humanity a lot more: their sexual freedom will save us all from much misery.

Arif Uddan, Toronto

(Are you nuts?)


Toronto  Sun - October 6

ISLAM IN SCHOOLS

The teaching of Islamic viewpoints in public schools is now receiving much greater thrust than other religions. Given the reality that our society in Ontario is officially secular, and that public school curricula are a provincial ministry responsibility, we should be able to expect equal exposure of major religions to all students. Also, Roman Catholic teaching is endorsed constitutionally via the separate school system. Islamic teaching is being (put) into public schools without any official authorization. We, the public, should be aware of this reality, with the right to object effectively. Students should not be required to receive Islamic religious teaching if their parents do not desire it.

C.R. McDiarmid, Ed.D.

Oshawa
 (Agreed... or get out)





Toronto Sun -- October 5

Singh for PM?

One day after being elected head of the NDP, Jagmeet Singh has the nerve to want to lead this country. My Canada, my country, has been led down the road of destruction by two Trudeaus and corrupt politicians who have dragged it down the tube, into becoming a melting pot for every nationality, be they good or bad, to bring their customs, their gangs, problems and religion to this land, and want to change it; never wanting to make it their home and accept it as it is. It will never be the same as it once was. Canada, the great, is no more. If this man becomes the PM of Canada, watch out. It will be the end of those immigrants of the ’40s ’50s, and ’60s, who built us into the country that anyone in the world could be proud of. Thousands gave their lives to protect it and it is close to being ruined. Mark my words, father Trudeau started it, the king’s son will finish it. If you vote NDP and make this man a leader of this country, you will think Trump is a saint. I’m 73. I hope I never live to see it.

K.D. Butler

Toronto

( Blame white whores and globalist Jews)





Toronto Star -- October 4

Extremists Exploiting Tragedy?

No question this was an act perpetrated by an unspeakable monster and we all mourn for the victims and their loved ones.

However, you are politicizing a senseless tragedy of nearly unparalleled proportions. I believe your timing is disrespectful to those killed or injured and their families.

Of course people want to know who could conduct such an outrage against humanity, and will naturally compartmentalize the answers into boxes, which may or may not fit with their biases, depending on the facts. This is a common human trait by all races, religions and colours.

And yes, tragedies are exploited, by both the left and right to suit their agendas, especially the media. Far-right trolls? I’ve read at least as many horrid online comments from far-left trolls. Both groups are intolerable and their hateful comments and attitudes must be condemned. That you only identify the far-right as exploiting tragedy speaks to your own personal biases.

As for the “triple-threat” against Edmonton attacker Abdulahi Hasan Sharif in being Muslim, Black and a refugee, these are the facts. But it doesn’t cause me to wish for a ban on Muslim immigrants. (I notice, though, that you do not mention that Sharif had an ISIS flag in his vehicle.)

Although Anglo-Saxon Canadian born and raised, I have lived half my life in Africa in both Christian- and Islam-majority countries and, from my experience, I believe all races, religions, colours, nationalities, political and sexual persuasions host both good and bad people. That’s simply human nature.

But thankfully, humanity will also continue to encourage and nurture the good in all groups and discourage, condemn and weed out the bad in all groups. We humans are a work in progress; ultimately I believe that good will prevail over evil.

Kevin P. Thomson, Toronto

(To hell with the liar commie Toronto Star)




America's Gun Problem
 

Fatal attraction: America must end its toxic love affair with guns, DiManno, Oct. 3

I was horrified, but certainly not shocked by news of the recent slaughter of innocent people by a deranged man with an arsenal of guns, legally obtained, his right as an American citizen.

So start the tributes, vigils, flags at half staff, messages of “thoughts and prayers,” repeated as if on a continuous loop. Press play because it has happened again. Rewind for next time.

If the slaying of all the beautiful children at Sandy Hook public school didn’t create a seismic shift in the insanity south of the border, nothing will. In a few weeks or months, the conversation will piddle away and absolutely nothing will change, except for the lives of the victims still to come.

Julia Bowkun, Toronto

(Racemixing is always dangerous)



Toronto Star -- October 2

Drake Should Help Police Solve Murder

I disagree strongly with Vicky Mochama’s column. The issue here is not Black, white or green. As citizens, it is our responsibility to assist police in bringing those who have acted illegally to justice.

If Drake has any information on who committed this murder, he must inform police. The better the friend, then the better the knowledge should be of someone wanting to harm him.

Ernie Ilson, Mississauga, Ontario

(No kidding)





Toronto Sun -- October 2

True Heroes

Last week, the people of Toronto and the world had the opportunity to witness true heroism. The Invictus athletes demonstrated pride, courage and honour as they once again represented their country and flag. These men and women could easily feel bitterness and resentment over what life has given them. Instead, they live with pride and dignity. Not so the millionaire athletes who disrespect their flag, anthem and the heroes who have defended it. It is because of these heroes that they have the right to protest. In many countries, such a protest would end in severe punishment. I agree that they can protest. I agree that their cause is valid and must be addressed and addressed quickly. But until they find a more respectful form of protest, I encourage all fans to boycott whichever sport continues to kneel!

Ray Gaudaur, Newcastle, Ont.

 ( They fought for globalists' interests )




Toronto Sun - September 29

Thanks Tarek

I felt somewhat hopeful that some on the Heritage Committee might be interested in Tarek Fatah’s experience with Islamophobia. However, it seems that no one can enrich/inform these oh-so-arrogant, sandwich-munching Liberals, because they simply do not care what others have to contribute to the discussion (“The way MPs treated me at M103 was nothing short of lousy,” Sept. 27). They have an agenda, which is unlike anything I (or my Canadian forebearers of generations), have seen or experienced before. The enforcing of it is feeling distinctly intolerant and undemocratic and like the dismantling of Canada. May God help us. Thank you for your efforts, Tarek.

Kathleen Valin

Toronto

(All anti-racists are to blame)






Toronto Sun -- September 27

On Kneeling

Just a different perspective: When I go to church service and the priest/minister says, “Let us pray,” all the congregation kneels. Could it be that these players are kneeling “in prayer” to the flag? Thanks for the opportunity to express a thought from “the other side of the table”.

Lynda Clark

Beaverton, Ontario

(Dumb dame)


 




Toronto Sun -- September 16

Not Racist


Re “Heckler targeting Jagmeet Singh reminder racism exists in Canada: Prof” (The Canadian Press, Sept. 11): What if this heckler had harangued Wynne or Trudeau? Would we call that racism? Hardly. A lot of people are concerned about excessive accommodation (like Friday Muslim prayers in public schools) in Canada, and that does not make them racist. She was rude but not racist, and Singh chose not to respond to the substance of her concerns in any way, shape or form — interesting. Yelling at a Sikh candidate does not make someone a racist unless you’re yelling at him because he is a Sikh — and there is no evidence she was. The “R” word is being thrown around all too easily these days.

Lon Palmer   Etobicoke Ontario

( Don't be a fool...no one can run away from race and nature)





Toronto Star -- September 15

Can We End The Korean Conflict?

Days before the events in Charlottesville captured the spotlight the world was focused on the mounting tensions between North Korea and the United States.

On Sept. 12, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter said: “The first thing I would do is treat the North Koreans with respect. I know what the North Koreans want. What they want is a firm treaty guaranteeing North Korea that the U.S. will not attack them or hurt them in any way, unless they attack one of their neighbours. But the United States has refused to do that.”

Carter said he would send his top person to Pyongyang immediately, adding, “If I didn’t go myself.” The former president visited North Korea three times between 1994 and 2011.

“Until we’re willing to talk to them and treat them with respect as human beings, which they are, then I don’t think we’ll make any progress,” he said.

Canada should urge a negotiated settlement to the Korean crisis, including denuclearization of the entire region, a peace deal to finally end the Korean War and removal of U.S. troops from South Korea.

Canada recently used diplomacy to bring a Canadian detained in North Korea home. Now Canada should support a negotiated, peaceful, political settlement of the Korean crisis.

Ed Lehman, president, Regina Peace Council, Cupar, Sask.

 ( Better than war...)



Toronto Star -- September 14

Halt the Massacre


The Nobel Peace Prize committee should invite Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Prize winner and head of government of Burma, to come to Oslo to explain what she is doing to stop the massacre of her country’s Rohingya Muslim minority.

As a recipient of the Nobel Prize, Suu Kyi has an obligation to tell the committee how she will restore peace in her own country. She has lost all credibility by not standing up against persecution of the Muslim minority by the Buddhist majority. She must be told that her duty as a Nobel Peace Laureate is not limited to only protecting rights of the Buddhist majority.

Suu Kyi remains widely popular among the Buddhist majority and she can easily persuade them to stop killing the Rohingya minority by simply threatening to resign.

Mahatma Gandhi stopped Hindu-Muslim bloodletting on the eve of India’s independence by resorting to a hunger strike. If she has the courage of conviction, she should do the same.

Mahmood Elahi, Ottawa

(Why not?)


Education About Life?

Although the advice is well meaning, it is foolish for post-secondary students to pursue studies based on labour-market projections.

Few entry-level jobs require highly specialized skills. Rather, most jobs straight out of college or university demand communication and problem-solving skills, along with being flexible and able to work in a team environment.

Let students develop their abilities by studying what they have a passion for. Along the way they will learn to become proficient communicators, problem solvers, as well as adaptable and team players. These skills, rather than specific knowledge related to only one type of job, is what results in a successful career and life.

The reality is that few workers in their 40s and 50s are in jobs today they even considered when 18 or 19 and starting their studies. Post-secondary education is about preparing for the rest of life, not just a job.

Thomas Klassen, political science professor, York University

(Yours is a failed philosophy)



Toronto Star -- September 13

Stranded Tourists

I am ashamed of the whining and complaining by Canadians stranded by a natural disaster in another country while on vacation.

I cannot understand why they expect the Canadian government to rescue them from a natural disaster, wherever it may occur in the world. Where does personal responsibility come into play?

Every one of these people will come home to their comfortable life and intact home, complete with clean water, hydro, heat, air conditioning, food, etc.

Instead of complaining about what is not being done for them, maybe they should be out helping those poor souls who have lost everything and may take years to recover, if ever.

Paula Rapley, St. Davids, Ont.

(Next time, stay home)


Most of the world knew a week before that hurricane Irma was headed for the Caribbean. Why didn’t the “stranded” Canadians leave when a direct hit was predicted?

They could have gotten out safely up to a day or two prior to Irma hitting Barbuda, yet it seems they chose to ride out the hurricane then complain about the Canadian government not helping them.

Too many times, we have seen Canadians put themselves in harm’s way then berate the Canadian government for not bailing them out of the jeopardy in which they put themselves.

Sorry, but I have not pity for them.

Dee Wajang, Oakville, Ontario

(All tourists are Third World population-exploders)



Toronto Sun -- September 13

Wrong on Rights

Trudeau says the small “angry, frustrated group of racists” don’t get to define Canada or change its core values in regards to the anti-immigration protests in Quebec City. What Trudeau doesn’t get to do is label his fellow Canadians as “racist” for opposing Trudeau’s doormat-to-the-world policies in order for him to secure a UN council seat. Trudeau is absolutely wrong when he states that diversity is our strength. Common goals and a common purpose is our strength. And with those goals and purpose come responsibilities as a citizen; not just rights and freedoms.

Ray Thomas, Erieau, Ont.

 (Thanks)




Toronto Sun -- September 11

EVEN ORR NOT SAFE

I’m willing to bet that there are a lot of politically correct zealots out there who would disagree with your Sept. 5 cartoon. I’m sure Bobby Orr got in at least “one” fight during his stellar career. Quite obviously he is a bad influence on our youth. We are experiencing a peak of political correctness gone awry in today’s world.

Brian Wilkie. Elora Ontario

( Childish heroes )


 

WHAT FREE TRADE?

Re “NAFTA talks get serious” (Editorial, Aug. 22): So let me get this straight. In a country that doesn’t even have interprovincial free trade agreements in place, has antiquated marketing board systems and telecoms, and financial companies that stifle competition, they think they could get NAFTA to work? How? There are too many barriers in Canada preventing NAFTA working properly right now — remove them and it’s got a chance.

Gordon MacKenzie

Waterloo, Ontario

( Scrap the whole globalist scheme )



Toronto Star -- September 8

Racism is Racism

Re: L’Oréal’s firing of Munroe Bergdorf boiled down to one word, Paradkar, Sept. 7

Again we encounter the inability and unwillingness of the Toronto Star to stand up for its own vaunted principles by applying them universally. Again we witness the hypocritical spectacle of the Star demanding that we cater to the prejudices of bigoted minority individuals.

Racism is racism, even when practiced by racial minorities. Ethnic prejudice is still prejudice, even when practiced by ethnic minorities. Sexism is still sexism, even when practiced by women.

Until you learn the basic lesson that you cannot excuse a form of bigotry by pointing to the source or sticking the word “reverse” in front of it, you will simply continue to look like yet another organization that has not a conscience but merely an agenda.

Stephen Langevin, Toronto

( Don't forget pal, racism, is as natural as breathing)


Toronto Sun -- September 8


"Alt-Wrong"


Re “On freedom of speech, alt-right has it all wrong” (Tom Parkin, Sept. 5): Mr. Parkin seems to start the problem long after it started, which was Nov. 8, 2016, the day Trump was elected president. At that moment, the left began beating up Trump supporters and torching their properties, then came the riots that shut down many speakers: Ann Coulter, Milo Yiannopoulos, Ben Shapiro and Toronto’s own Jordan Peterson. It was obvious that the right would not lay down forever to the violence and attacks from the left, particularly Antifa, which is just another name for Black Bloc. That came to a head on Aug. 13 in Charlottesville, a full eight months after the left started the violence. It was obvious that there would be a push back and it came and it was ugly. Only now is the left, not all but some, acknowledging the Antifa violence problem after previously declaring them patriots. Mr. Parkin is looking at the problem through leftist eyes and sees what he wants to see.

Doug Chappell

Niagara Falls, Ont.

( Toronto Sun...feeling that Cuckservatives are left out)

 


Toronto Star -- September 7

Chickens in Factory Farms Live and Die in Misery

Canadians are falling back in love with eggs, Aug. 28

There is another perspective to consider. Mercy for Animals recently released an undercover expose about what really goes on at egg farms, highlighting a Grey Ridge Egg Farms facility in Listowel, Ont., and it is truly horrific.

These chickens live in filthy conditions and are squeezed together so much they often have to stand on the bodies of dead chickens that are left there to rot.

In these crowded conditions, chickens will sometimes peck at each other out of frustration and stress. They have no room to move about and perform the most basic chicken behaviors.

These animals are born, live and die in misery.

Until factory farms like Grey Ridge do away with the inherent animal abuse that runs rampant at their facilities, it is a source of shame to caring Canadians.

Marilyn Gaul, Mississauga, Ontario

 ( Chickens--the worst-treated animals )




The Silence on Rohingya
 

Re: A perilous journey in search of safety, Sept. 6

We strongly condemn the inhuman treatment of Rohingya Muslims by the military junta in Myanmar, the former Burma.

The Toronto Star, which champions the plight of downtrodden communities around the world, needs to do more by splashing the atrocities being carried out by the government under the leadership of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Aung San Suu Kyi on its front page so that it draws the deserved attention.

That Aung, herself a victim of blatant military persecution, has decided to look the other way is to be viewed with total disgust and the least she can do is to give up the Nobel Peace Prize accorded to her.

Our government’s silence is deafening on this issue and a forceful condemnation by the Justin Trudeau government will be more than welcome.

Raza Kara, Richmond Hill, Ontario

( Petition Trudeau, at pm@pm.gc.ca ... we will)







Toronto Star -- September 6

End the North Korean War


Kim Jong Un is behaving in a way consistent with the legacy of his forefathers — paranoid dictators, desperate to survive amid global rivalries and an old regional war that has never truly ended. Indeed, there is more to this crisis than Kim and his unpredictable antics.

North Korea is often referred to as a “highly secretive nation.” Such references give pundits and politicians an uncontested platform to make whatever assumptions suit them.

But the legacy of the Korean War (1950-53), which divided Korea and its peoples, is hardly a secret. The savagery of this war saw an estimated 4 million people killed, including 2 million civilians.

Both Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump are dubious figures, driven by fragile egos and unsound judgment. Yet, they are both in a position that, if not reined in soon, could threaten global security and the lives of millions.

Javed Akbar, Ajax, Ontario

(Whites should get out now)

 

Proud Boys Can't Serve

The four “Proud Boys” who are permitted to remain in the military, without penalties other than counseling, reflects a very deep disgrace on the armed forces.

The idea that they can remain in the armed forces is appalling. The idea that there are no penalties is almost as bad.

This is an embarrassment for Canada and reflects on the military, and the office of the Prime Minister, a serious denigration of the importance of the quality of respect for others.

Given their actions, they have made it impossible for them to serve in the armed forces.

How can the Canadian armed forces accept people who engage in such racist actions? This decision needs to be reversed.

Clayton Ruby, Toronto

(Dumb white  Jew against white nationalist patriots, our only hope.
Tell him he's wrong-- we will-- here: lawyers@rubyshiller.com)



Toronto Sun -- September 6

Smart Dictator

Kim Jong-un is far from demented or unstable, as the rest of the world would like to characterize him. In fact, he is a shrewd person paving his way and jockeying his position in future negotiations. Donald Trump and other world leaders should learn from him rather than belittling him. He knows full well that he will be destroyed if he is foolish enough to start attacking the U.S.A. or its allies. But making the rest of the world wring its hands as to what to do with him, puts him in a strong negotiating position. Now he has the attention of the world on him and he is enjoying every minute of it. We know that sanctions have not worked in the past. Getting rid of dictators may bring dire consequences, as we have witnessed in the Middle East and Africa. It is time that world leaders start thinking “outside of the box” and come up with an innovative solution instead of making threats and bringing the world to the brink of war. Donald Trump wants China to help by threatening North Korea with a trade embargo. Good luck, Mr. Trump!

Alfred Tsang

Markham, Ontario

(Whites should not meddle)



Toronto Sun -- September 5

Left Vs. Right

It seems that the next civil war in the U.S. won’t be about North vs. South over slavery, but more about Left vs. Right ideology that is widening the gap every day. The Left can’t tolerate statues that remind them of the past, while ignoring the new civil war under their noses, and the Right offers no remedy. I wonder if they realize that they all have started the process over again. Stop it now!

Anthony Martin

Kitchener, Ontario

( Race is all, fool )





Toronto Star -- September 3

End Persecution of Blacks


Re: Police Must Report to SIU, Editorial, Aug. 27

In your editorial, you said it’s starting to sound sickeningly familiar. But for Black residents of Ontario, it’s been feeling painfully so for decades.

You also said the Ontario government should launch its own investigation. Please, we don’t need another boring, patronizing investigation. We just had one completed by Justice Michael Tulloch.

The government knows what the problems are. It just needs to muster up the courage to create new legislation without any wiggle room for misinterpretation by the SIU, police chiefs and their directors, especially those in the GTA, with severe consequences for those who choose to flout the law.

Premier Kathleen Wynne needs to start butting heads with these agencies. By doing nothing, you are tacitly giving them a pass for their bad behavior.

It is hard to believe that, here in Ontario in 2017, some of our Black citizens are being beaten into the ground. It would not have continued against any other group.

Gil Francis, Stouffville, Ontario

( Tell the Toronto Star to capitalize the word "Whites" in their paper-- at lettertoed@thstar.ca ... we will )



Toronto Star -- August 31

Whistling's Not Harassment


Emma Teitel’s column is ridiculous, naive, insulting to our sensibilities and out of touch with the various forms of human communication.

God forbid that any man would find any woman attractive and, from a distance, let her know that she is attractive.

Women are neither offended nor harmed by men’s compliments — especially while passing one another on the street.

In fact, a whistle from a man puts a smile on a woman’s face and pep in her step. Unsolicited compliments from men lift our spirits and bolster our self-confidence.

A compliment is not harassment. All of us could use more compliments. Compliments to strangers should be encouraged and promoted. They are cheaper and more effective than antidepressants or liquor.

The suggestion that life’s sweet, little pleasures and innocent compliments from strangers should be criminalized is absurd.

What’s next? Criminalize the act of admiring babies. Stop smiling at strangers. Don’t even attempt to help an elderly person or child. Abolish the hot fudge sundae. Don’t smell the roses. Block all views of sunsets. Get real!

Women spend thousands of dollars trying to make themselves attractive. If anyone should notice that their strategies are working, they should be happy.

Whistle on, guys! If I could whistle, I’d be whistling at some of you, too.

Stella Kargiannakis, Toronto

(Agreed)



Toronto Sun -- August 28

Hatred of Confederacy

I have often wondered how the people of Germany in the 1930s could let Nazism take over the entire country, but watching the hatred of anything Confederate spiral out of control in the United States is giving me real-time insight. History shows a frightening similarity: “The Nazi book burnings were a campaign conducted by the German Student Union to ceremonially burn books in Nazi Germany and Austria in the 1930s. The books targeted for burning were those viewed as being subversive or as representing ideologies opposed to Nazism.” In 2017, anything Confederate is now deemed totally unacceptable and must be destroyed. Is ethnic cleansing in America the next step? This hatred of anything Confederate and Donald Trump, by not only the liberal media and Democrats, even includes some vote-seeking Republicans. All of them are fueling a time bomb that will quickly degenerate into riots making the “Greensboro Massacre of 1979” pale in comparison. The murder of the woman in Virginia and subsequent media martyrdom with her mother’s statement about her being “a real American hero”, a headline even (in Canada), is the perfect excuse for attacking anything Confederate/white nationalist/white supremacist; but may be the final straw for a lot more push back by crazies on both sides. Media in the 21st century will ensure it! I see no easy solution. God help America!

Ted Greenfield.Whitby Ontario

( You have a point, but race is all )


Toronto Sun - August 25

Queen Won't Abdicate


The thought that the Queen would ever suggest, let alone approve, a plan to either abdicate or encourage a regency is far-fetched to say the least. Abdication to the Queen and within the Royal Family is a dirty word and has remained so ever since the 1936 abdication of Edward VIII, for it speaks of dereliction of duty. It is one thing for Prince Philip to retire, it is another for the Queen, who unlike her husband is the head of state; moreover it is well-seen that the monarch has, over the past few years, already handed over some duties to Prince Charles, and to Princes William and Harry. She is spending more and more time at Windsor Castle, which she loves, while many duties are now being handled by senior members of the Royal Family, without a regency being proclaimed or needed. The succession to the throne is entrenched in the Act of Settlement and not given to the whims of the populace. Prince William might very well prove to be more popular with the public than his father, the Prince of Wales, but Prince Charles is the heir to the throne at the moment, not his son, who is second in line. Let us hope that the Queen can carry on as long as she is able to do so, in good health, both mentally and physically. One may indeed utter the sentiment, God Save The Queen!

Regina Silva Robinson

(No matter--the monarchy is obsolete )




Toronto Sun - August 24

NOT COWARDS

Re Aug. 18 Sun front page: With respect, they are not cowards. And that is the totally wrong message to your readers. They are trained warriors prepared to give their lives to kill as many infidels of the West that they can for their religious faith. Canadians will not be prepared to defend themselves if the false “coward” is used to describe them.

Dave Austin

Scarborough, Ontario

( All's fair in love and war--don't start it, white self-loather)



 


Toronto Sun August 23

Nazis "Aren't Good"


The Donald just lost me. When he states there were “fine people on both sides” and one side are Nazis, I’m out.

Spencer H. Peacock

Marmora, Ont.

(Yawn...)


Toronto Sun - August 22

Trump Presidential


Trump Derangement Syndrome has hit a new, all-time high over his Charlottesville remarks. Trump was absolutely correct in saying there is blame on all sides: Hate groups, both left and right, plus politicians. White supremacists and Antifa were both violent, and the politicians ordered the police to stand down, creating the perfect circumstances for the violence to escalate out of control. To loosely paraphrase the Bard: A plague on all their houses! Meanwhile, Trump’s comments were measured, insightful and -- dare I say it ‘- presidential.

Lon Palmer, Toronto

(There's no such thing as a 'hate group')



Toronto Star - August 15

Trump Inciting Hatred?


Abraham Lincoln firmly believed that “government of the people, for the people, by the people” was essential for democracy to flourish. Canada is a peaceful, tolerant country because it too, believes in this creed. The U.S. is an intolerant, turbulent country because it rejected Lincoln’s sage advice in favour of the mindless raging of Donald Trump. “O tempora, o mores!”

William Bedford, Newmarket, Ontario

(Wake up--racemixing never works)


 

U.S. President Donald Trump’s response to the rioting is hypocritical and hard to stomach. Calling out racist organizations who supported his political campaign and who responded to his attacks on Mexicans, Muslims and many more is a blatant corruption of the facts. Trump himself has incited Americans to hatred, and now violence.

Canada needs to be vigilant about the spread of hate propaganda and the recruitment of youth who feel disenfranchised and are looking for scapegoats. Haven’t the wars of the 20th century taught the world the consequences?

Diane Sullivan, Toronto

 ( Proud whites are downtrodden..deal with it )




Toronto Sun - August 15

DEATH TO DEALERS

British Columbia recorded 935 deaths due to drug overdoses in 2016 and the number is projected to surpass 1,400 by the end of 2017. Approaches to this epidemic include the antidote Naloxone, injection sites, education etc. These are fine, but do not address the real problem, which is reducing drug availability by reducing the number of dealers and suppliers. Singapore has enacted laws which include capital punishment for dealers and suppliers of illicit drugs. Draconian, yes, but if we as a society have to choose between the deaths of dealers who knowingly destroy lives and families, or deaths of thousands of our young adults, the decision is a no-brainer. Singapore has one of the lowest rates of death by illicit drugs in the world. Their rehabilitation programs have a very low rate of recidivism and they do it without safe injection sites. I imagine that those who argue against capital punishment would view things differently if their family fell prey to these purveyors of death. Capital punishment is not to be taken lightly, but lacking any alternative with teeth we should consider the idea. This is an area where decisions of this import should not be decided by a few politicians, who are adding to the problem by legalizing marijuana, but by referendum.

Norman Favro, Burlington Ontario

(Where women vote )




Toronto Sun  August 13

A CORRECTION


When discussing the book that I co-wrote with Albert Howard, Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation, Gordon Chong refers to me as “a  Metis” (“The Great Game’ that betrays Canada’s First Nations,” July 22). While determining who is “a Metis” is often a difficult business, I have never claimed to be a member of this group. Besides, I consider identity and ancestry to be irrelevant to the quality of the arguments one makes.

Frances Widdowson, Calgary

(Race is all, fool )

 


Toronto Sun -- August 5

See Venezuela?


Kathleen Wynne and her ilk believe that higher wages will lead to a robust economy. She’s got it backwards. It’s a robust economy that leads to higher wages. But this Liberal government has done everything it can to wreck the economy, from excessive taxation, overregulation, skyrocketing hydro prices, etc. A socialist government cannot legislate a strong economy. Every year, fewer people are pulling the economic wagon and more and fatter people are riding in it. If you wish to see how this will eventually play out, have a look at Venezuela today.

Dave Miller, Brantford Ontario

( It's a racemixed nation )




Toronto Star -- July 30

Most Oppose Khadr Payment

After reading the Star’s many letters, articles and editorials favouring the Liberal government’s award to Omar Khadr, in contradiction with the more than 70 per cent of Canadians opposed to it, it was refreshing to read the article by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. The government did have a choice, and it chose the wrong one.

I believe many of the 29 per cent of Canadians who agree with the settlement do so because they did not agree with Canada’s participation in the war and do not trust the American system of justice. Both valid points. But that doesn’t justify the Khadrs’ unlawful, treasonable act of taking up arms against their own country.

The Supreme Court’s ruling that Omar Khadr’s rights were violated because he was not supplied a lawyer while being interrogated by Canadian officials begs the question: What about the rights of the hundreds of Canadians forced to go to court and fight legal battles on their own, simply because they cannot afford a lawyer and do not qualify for legal aid?

Are these people entitled to compensation from the government?


Delbert Hall, Innisfil, Ont.

( Did you get tortured, you mean idiot?)


Toronto Star -- July 29

Human Rights and Religious Freedoms


Canadians should be rejoicing the fact that, after decades of ignoring its own laws, the government prosecuted Winston Blackmore for his crime of polygamy and convicted him of abusing women and children.

However, this victory is overshadowed by the fact that the government was complicit in his long reign of abuse. Blackmore’s argument that he thought having multiple wives is legal in Canada because no one took him to court makes legal, if not moral, sense.

History shows that the Canadian government suffers from moral timidity because of the chilling effect of religion on constitutional law. It therefore refused to charge him with polygamy and stop his criminal behaviour.

That despicable negligence is what is most shocking and disturbing about this case and calls into question Canadian values. The government knew what to do but hesitated because it feared transgressing the Charter’s freedom of religion. That’s religious legal abuse.

Surely, it’s a moral perversity when the welfare of women and children has to be sacrificed in order to protect Canada’s freedom of religion.

That’s a devil’s bargain that reasonable Canadians should resist.

Tony D’Andrea, Toronto

 (Nasty Semitic God's religions...not for whites)


 

Rosie DiManno draws an interesting correlation between children who are married off by their parents to be raped by an older man and Omar Khadr, who was carried off by his parents to be shot and then tortured.

These children are not wives or soldiers; they are children and victims of the twisted minds of their parents.

Of course, if the Canadian government contributed in any way to the mistreatment of these children, it must make amends.

The Canadian government was complicit in the torture of a child named Omar Khadr and it is tragic that some journalists and politicians still maintain the charade that he was anything but a child.

Bill Harrison, Toronto

( Agreed )


 

Anti-Semitic Incident was Minimized

There was an article buried on page six of Monday’s newspaper concerning anti-Semitic graffiti written on the walls of a school in Vaughan.

Had this been an incident of anti-Muslim behaviour, it is a certainty that the Toronto Star would have devoted a column on the front page.

Why is prominence (and column space) given to racism against Muslims, Black people, First Nations, etc. while racism against Jews is relegated to a couple of paragraphs in the inner-most column in the middle of the section?

Howard Mendelssohn, Orillia, Ont.

( Did a Jew do it, like before?)


Toronto Star -- July 4

Don't Feed Climate of Hate

Re: Here’s how much Canada hates Trump, June 27

It’s a bit disconcerting to see the front page article stating how much we Canadians supposedly “hate” Trump — not just implying hate, but actually using the “h” word’ in the title. It is an impossible feat to achieve true political correctness without agreeing to remain silent, yet it’s a surprise to read an article that describes how we are all agreeing to “hate” Trump. The article creates a kind of all-inclusive “hate club” where “everyone” nods nicely and agrees that hating Trump is the politically correct thing to do. The “hate Trump” rhetoric is getting old and beginning to sound more like propaganda than serious journalism.

We Canadians complain about the “dumbing down” of America, yet this article invites us to jump on the Hate Trump bandwagon, whether we want to be carried along, or not. Perhaps we would do better to focus our attention on all that needs to be addressed in our own country, rather than wasting the front page pushing the “hate Trump” agenda.

Susan Adams, Mississauga, Ontario

( Good one )



Toronto Sun -- July 4

Praise for Malcolm


Kudos to Candice Malcolm for showing the lunacy of allowing an ISIS devotee and convicted terrorist member of the Toronto 18 to remain in Canada and keep his citizenship (“Trudeau devalues meaning of citizenship,” June 29). Malcolm also raises serious concerns about the security screening done before we brought in 46,000 Syrian refugees. The idea that we fought two world wars and shed a river of blood to give value to Canadian citizenship and now allow convicted terrorists to keep theirs, is nonsensical. It is time Trudeau put protection of Canadians, his primary job, ahead of playing political games with our immigration and refugee policies!

Larry Comeau, Ottawa

( Be honest. Race, not religion, is the issue)






Toronto Star -- July 3

Lovely Piece of Toronto History

I was shocked to hear at a Reference Library program on the history of the Toronto Islands that the Rectory Café, without business during flooding waters and no current access to islands other than permanent residents, is closing due to lack of funds! As a genuine heritage property, surely it should receive a special grant from the city or the province or maybe a generous patron of the arts. The Toronto Islands are a beautiful amazing green oasis, beloved by millions of visitors over the years, existing just minutes from the downtown business centre. Jane Jacobs loved them and said that they were unique, precious and should be protected and preserved forever. Many families have had picnics there for generations, also enjoyed bicycling or swimming at the beaches.

I am sure that the thousands who have consistently voted for city councillors and mayors who fought to protect our Islands from extreme commercialization, bridges, gambling, airport expansion and other unwelcome invasions would contribute to a campaign to save it. It seems a shame that while we are celebrating our history so gaily, a true lovely part of our local history may be el;minated soon.

(Thanks)



Toronto Star --July 2

Star Sniper Shot Editorial

The editorial is, in itself, cheering. It is in sharp contrast to the war-war-war atmosphere which has overtaken Western society in recent years. During my lifetime we have gone from an anti-war position to one that accepts war as part of everyday life.

The war in Korea has provided a ready example of the change in our thinking. Following its conclusion it was called the “Korean Conflict” and I can recall seeing a monument with this title honouring the “fallen” in Toronto. It is now steadfastly known as the Korean War.

Though certain four-letter words are unacceptable, the three-letter “war,” by far the greatest obscenity ever known, falls easily from most lips. It is good to know that someone in a position of influence does not agree.

Ken Ranney, Peterborough

(Mercenary work must stop)

The Toronto Star's editor (and I suppose the publisher) seems to feel that we should not celebrate the world's longest sniper shot because a “human” died in the process.

It was a superb shot, not likely to be exceeded in future, and it killed an ISIL terrorist; it also disrupted a terrorist group's imminent attack on Iraqi troops, confirmed the excellent training imparted to Canadian Army personnel and may deter other terrorists who want to kill Canadians or Iraqis.

Whenever a terrorist dies, the world becomes safer. The Star is wrong to criticize either the shot or the celebration of same.

Charles Hooker, East Garafraxa, Ont.

( A mean globalist mercenary idiot )



Toronto Sun --July 1

Canada Day Irony


Definition of irony? People rushing out to buy Canada 150 merchandise made in foreign countries. Why not celebrate Canada's 150th by supporting Canadian workers and buy domestic?

Doug Lyon, Toronto

( GOOD ONE! To hell with destructive globalism )


Toronto Sun- June 30

Two-Faced Trudeau


Whatever your view is on electoral reform in Canada, the bigger issue is that a silver-tongued Justin Trudeau, who asked for our trust, who promised us a government that would listen to Canadians, who promised an end to draconian, austere governance, has just twisted the knife. That he betrayed us on Feb. 1 by dropping his oft-repeated promise to end first-past-the-post (FPTP) and make every vote count is still unbelievable. That he broke his promise, offering up weak excuses which neither he nor the Liberal MPs believed, not to mention the thousands of engaged Canadians, is insulting. That he now admits to us he never intended to go forward with any system other than his favourite is mind-numbing. How can you stand bald-faced in front of millions of people who trusted you and say it was all a ruse, a nice little game you call open and transparent government? You may feel better after your little confession, but I am piping angry.

Ann Remnant

Fair Vote Canada, Kootenay leader

( Trudeau has on his conscience the beheading of Robert Hall
and John Ridsell...curses on him )



Toronto Star June 30

Poetic suggestion for national anthem

 

Without supporting the obstructionist senators who blocked passage of the changes to Canada’s national anthem, the delay in enshrining the partial rewording does give the government a convenient opportunity to rethink its unfortunate recasting of a portion of this iconic paean to Canada. Replacing “in all our sons command” with “in all of us” may rid the anthem of outdated and sexist phrasing, but to a lover of language the change sounds anything but lyrical. Substituting “in all our hearts command” for the leaden “in all of us” would render the song more inclusive, poetic and worthy of our true patriot love.

Richard van Abbe, Toronto

 ( Don't destroy our masculinity )




Toronto Star -- June 29

Brexit Vote Restored Sovereignty

Dear Toronto, After a five-month stay in Canada, U.K.-born writer Davina Hamilton pens a love letter to her adopted city, June 27

Davina Hamilton paints a picture of life in Britain, most especially in London, that is most unflattering. Brexit, the vote to quit the European Union, is interpreted as being explained by a collective desire to “kick the foreigners out.” This is pernicious and absolute nonsense.

The Brexit vote was about restoration of sovereignty, the primacy of the Westminster Parliament, democratic as opposed to bureaucratic government, and control of national borders.

I agree wholeheartedly as to the warmth, courtesy and kindness extended to visitors by all Canadians, but how would they feel about having their fiscal and social policies being dictated by non-elected officials from Haiti, giving the president of Nicaragua a veto over virtually every aspect of domestic legislation and be obliged to take in every would-be worker from South and Central America?

We in Britain are not a bunch of unthinking racists, nor are we idiots, and it’s a shame this woman’s view of the Brexit vote should pass for the truth.

Peter FitzGerald, South Queensferry, Scotland (currently visiting family in Ontario)

 ( Not racist -- then you're finished as a people )

Toronto Sun - June 29

Lesson for Scheer

Re: “Scheer has no time to lose” (Antonella Artuso, June 25):

There is no doubt Andrew Scheer is a gifted politician. But that has been his career. He has done little else, not even teach drama. While this qualifies him to manoeuvre his way around Parliament, it means little to improving the lot of ordinary Canadians. If he is to be successful in improving on past government effectiveness, he needs to get government out of the way. He should restrict his activities to his extant mandate: Foster trade, security and defence of our country, and support for infrastructure. He can fund these activities by shrinking the size of government, eliminating all the “feel good” social programs currently underwritten by misguided Liberal politicians. That is compassion. In a world that is increasingly nationalist and protectionist, we need a prime minister who will deliver strong fiscal leadership and conservative government to ensure the cost of “sunny ways” is not passed to our grandchildren by way of debt and inefficiency. Given his limited economics experience, I hope Scheer will consult broadly in the private sector to fashion a policy platform to defeat Justin Trudeau and the spendthrift Liberals.

Larry Sylvester, Acton, Ont.

( Some old shit with no white racism, stinks )





Toronto Star - June 28

Tolerance: Canada's Way?

Driving around the GTA over the past two weeks, I have noticed many frayed, torn and faded Canadian flags on poles and hanging from the front of our homes, businesses and even on municipal property. I have even seen a half-flag sadly waving on Lakeshore Rd.

Our neighbours to the south proudly display their perfect Stars and Stripes.

Come on Canada! We live in the most wonderful country. Let’s respectfully and proudly wave our Red and White, untattered and bright for all to see. Let’s start now, for the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Rosvita Grzeskowiak-Watson, Mississauga, Ontario 


 


 

This year has been dominated by stories and voices of those angry with Canada: Black Lives Matter, First Nations, LGBTQ activists and others. The issues raised by these groups are very important. We need to listen, learn, discuss and act appropriately. This is the way of Canada. We improve and mould our country with time. We are not perfect.

But we are also not the United States. And for this we are thankful.

We are Canada. We did not eradicate Indigenous peoples. We did not go to war over Black slaves. We accepted gay rights early on. We have a fair and non-discriminatory immigration system. Tolerance. This is the way of Canada.

In the midst of the issues of today, let us be reminded of the historical figures and also the common folk who believed in a common dream called Canada.

For my ancestors, all pre-Confederation pioneers of Upper Canada — farmers, homemakers, millers, blacksmiths, teachers, lawyers, militia men, politicians, mothers, fathers and children — the Canadian dream became reality. The sweat and toil, the tears and joy were worth it.

On this Canada Day, remember those builders, maintainers and defenders. Hear those voices again and express words of appreciation. This is the way of Canada.

Al Seymour, Mississauga, Ontario

(Naive fool )




Toronto Star -- June 27

A Policy for Peace


The discussion on the amount of money the Trudeau government plans to spend on increasing the numbers of soldiers and armaments misses the central point of the “new” defence policy. The Liberal government has bought into a more aggressive role for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and making the Canadian military more suited to “war fighting” in overseas theatres. Still on the table is the issue of Canada officially joining the U.S. “Ballistic Missile” system.

This “new” policy will only exacerbate tension in the world. Canada very much needs a peace policy.

Ed Lehman, Cupar, Sask.
( ...and an army that serves Canadians INSIDE the country)



Stemming Adult Crime

There is broad coverage of sexual assault in Friday's Toronto Star. It is time for the government to deal with this crisis by developing a series of advertisements in the media educating the victims of their rights and miscreants of the charges they will face. High schools need to include the issue in the curriculum.

Gabrielle Monaghan, Kingston, Ont.

( Naive! Stop all nonwhite immigration )

Toronto Sun - June 25

Off Base

Re “Liberals’ hate for Trump drove Sanders’ supporter to shoot Republicans” (Crystal Wright, June 17): This columnist does not deserve space in your publication. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but her diatribe on liberals and the liberal media spreading hate that caused the recent shootings of Republicans is so off-base that it’s laughable. It was the hateful rhetoric of Trump that helped to unhinge the shooter. Trump kept telling people to rough each other up and even hinted that the second amendment people should take care of Hillary Clinton. I am willing to listen to both sides, but from people who know what they’re talking about. No one with this kind of agenda should have their hateful rhetoric appearing in a respected publication like the Sun. It can’t do anybody any good.

Edith Ross

 

(A dumb dame)


Toronto Star -- June 24

Racist Outburst Not Uncommon

Re: Woman’s racist outburst speaks volumes, Paradkar, June 21

As primary health-care providers serving racialized communities, we are all too familiar with the racism experienced on a daily basis towards both our clients and racialized service providers.

We know that racism — whether it’s overt, institutional or systemic — measurably harms people’s health. Anti-Black racism in particular creates major disparities in health outcomes for Black people living in the GTHA.

Ontario’s community health centres, Aboriginal health access centres and partner organizations challenge racism every day by putting health equity at the centre of what we do. We are committed to creating spaces for safe, anti-oppressive and anti-racist health care — including in the waiting room.

With the rise of divisive populist politics, these situations are likely to escalate. Primary health care organizations across Ontario need access to better resources and staff training to tackle racism when and where it arises. We call on Ontario’s anti-racism directorate and ministry of health and long-term care to work with us to take action now.

Notisha Massaquoi, executive director, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands community health centre and Cheryl Prescod, executive director, Black Creek community health centre; co-chairs, Anti-Black Racism Strategy Group, Association of Ontario Health Centres

( You can't wipe out-- or legislate against -- natural racism. Dream on...)


Toronto Star -- June 23

A Step Backward


One of the most revered universities in the country is celebrating a graduation ceremony for its Black students. This seems to be segregation in its finest hour. Hasn’t it all been about integration, not segregation, since the days of Little Rock Arkansas in 1957?

Have the academics who approved this event even considered the problem they have potentially created if a student of another race or color wished to be included in this ceremony? It would be a case of reverse discrimination.

I don’t understand the useful purpose this regressive event serves.

George D. Gruetzner, Port Elgin, Ont.

(Dumb unnatural racemixer screwed --LOL!)


Nurses Face Racism Every Day

It saddens me to write that Ontario’s nurses are not surprised to read the report of the racist woman in a GTA walk-in clinic demanding to see a “white” doctor. This is the reality each and every day for those of us working to provide quality patient care on the front lines.

Unfortunately, racism is alive and well in Ontario. It is, unfortunately, all too common that Ontario nurses encounter patients who demand a “white nurse,” or a “straight nurse” or a “Canadian nurse.” Verbal and physical violence against those of us in this profession is a common thing.

One news report of this incident noted that physicians can refuse to treat patients. Nurses have no such rights and we continue to look to our employers to take action to stem this type of racism and violence that should very simply, not be tolerated.

As nurses, we are committed to caring for patients who need us. It’s time to take action to stop the daily abuse and racism that is so common in our health-care system.

Linda Haslam-Stroud, president, Ontario Nurses’ Association, Toronto

( Wake up, racism is as natural as breathing )

Toronto Star -- June 16


Anti-Israel Rant?

There’s no foundation to Azeezah Kanji’s smearing of Israeli movie star Gal Gadot as someone who supports “violence against the women, children and men of Palestine . . .”

Any death of a civilian is deeply regrettable, but let’s not be obtuse to how the Hamas terror group commits double war crimes by firing rockets at Israeli daycares, homes and hospitals while hiding within and adjacent to Palestinian residential areas, United Nations schools and mosques. These are bona fide war crimes in violation of international law, yet Kanji excuses Hamas’ flagrant violations of the Geneva Conventions.

Let’s not forget that Hamas initiated the conflict in 2014 when it kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank. Furthermore, Hamas fired thousands of rockets at Israel and carried out deadly assaults on Israelis by digging terror-attack tunnels. Just this week, a Hamas-dug tunnel was found under a United Nations relief agency school.

Israel and Egypt rightly enforce a blockade of Gaza (in adherence to international law) as a means to prevent Hamas from re-arming itself and from carrying out attacks on its civilian populations. The only materials that are restricted from entering Gaza are those that have potential dual uses that can be retrofitted as weaponry.

Gadot is a perfect example of feminism. She proudly and bravely served her country in the Israel Defence Forces, where she endured a gruelling three-month boot camp, served for two years in the army and was a combat trainer.

Kanji’s anti-Israel commentary was not worthy of publication.

Mike Fegelman, Toronto

(Only your 'truths'? Hey Zionists, the besieged Gazans go)

Trumping Freedom

Wednesday was a very bad day for the NRA. The carnage at a Virginia baseball practice, where the targets were not chosen for being gay, female, Sikh or Muslim, but rather for being Republican members of Congress, must concentrate the minds of lawmakers everywhere.

That the Republicans had to cancel a meeting that day to propose making it easier to buy gun silencers rings with terrible irony, given that Sen. Mo Brooks claims the noise made by the assailant’s gun helped him determine the best way to escape.

On the same day as the Virginia tragedy, a disgruntled worker returned to his UPS workplace in San Francisco and murdered and wounded his co-workers.

Clearly, the rights of Americans to live and pursue happiness are being trumped by the right of just about any person to own just about any kind of firearm, all in the name of the second half of a very poorly worded Second Amendment.

When freedom is linked to this version of gun freedom, the very concept becomes trivialized. Don’t Americans know that people in Canada and Europe live free without having to own guns, and without having to hate their own governments?

Dr. Ron Charach, Toronto

( Thanks to nearby armed Americans)

Toronto Sun -- June 16

Get A Life, BLM

I’m a sweet little old lady from the ’60s. It seems that BLM is attempting to destroy relationships between sectors of the community that at one time felt like outsiders and now are an integral part of the community. BLM had to copy from the U.S.A. rather than coming up with something original. When I finished high school, I could basically go to teacher’s college, nursing school or get a job in an office. Back then, news and sports broadcasters were white males. Much as I loved hockey, it never crossed my mind that a female could be a sports reporter. Now TV reporters are a mixture of sexes and colours. People who were gay pretended they weren’t and got married (often unhappily). Can you imagine back then police officers openly admitting to being gay? And marching in a Pride Parade? This all took time but things came around. Do we have a perfect world now? No. But things are better than they were. Now BLM and their supporters are trying to put us back into the last century. If they are looking for something to do, instead of creating problems, why not work with black males who are committing crimes, especially against each other? BLM had no right last year to interrupt the Pride Parade. They have no right to tell the Pride organizers not to let cops march, it’s not their parade. Now they want cops out of the schools. My advice to them is “get a life!”

Linda Calder, Toronto

( Get some racism, they won't be here, lady)


Toronto Sun  -- June 13

HAME ON BETTMAN

It is interesting that the crucial Game 6 between Pittsburgh and Nashville was played on Sunday night, instead of the customary Saturday night. Almost all hockey fans would agree that playing this game on Saturday would have been much more convenient since they could stay up late and not have to go to work or school the next day. Didn’t arrogant NHL chief Gary Bettman think of this or does he just not care about the fans? The NHL would like its fans to believe that playing the game on Sunday allowed each team more time to rest their players which is partially true. The real truth is that waiting one more day to play Game 6 allowed more time for glitz and glamour as well as more importantly, more time for the NHL and the host city to make money. Once again, Gary Bettman has put money ahead of common sense and the best interests of the fans. What a shame!

Bob Norris, Mississauga Ontario

( Just another arrogant Jew)




 

 

Toronto Star - June 11

Ban bottlers from taking our water

Re: Ontario takes action against bottled water, June 9

Action? Really? If the Ontario government is truly concerned about the environmental impact of companies extracting groundwater in our province, why doesn’t it institute a total ban?

Increasing the fee only legitimizes the practice and is a drop in the bucket.

Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray alludes to “other measures taken.” What are these other measures?

As for “scientific understanding of how to best manage this vital resource,” anyone with even a modicum of common sense knows that by banning groundwater extraction, we will naturally be protecting this environmental treasure.

The answer to these new fees by the water-bottling companies is predictable. They will simply raise the price of bottled water to maintain their profit margin.

Warren Dalton, Scarborough Ontario

( Agreed )


Toronto Star - June 10

Mission to Divide Us Failed


Not again? That was my immediate reaction when I first heard about the London terror attacks. Such acts are not just an attack on a single country or nation, but an attack on all of humanity. There is absolutely no justification for such kinds of atrocities. In response to such terrorism, I often write a letter to the editor condemning Daesh (also known as ISIS) and its brutality. But lately, that seems to have become a weekly routine.

On the day after the London attack, my fellow Ahmadi Muslims and I took to the streets and held up signs saying, “I am a Muslim. Ask me Anything!”

Much to our delight, the majority of the response we received was extremely positive. A lot of people stopped to thank us, shake our hands and take pictures with us.

To me, this is a clear indication that the terrorists failed in their mission to divide us. In wake of yet another tragedy, love and unity have once again overpowered hate and division.

Fasih Malik, Calgary

(Naive, or what? )


Toronto Star - June 9 

Limit Carriage Horses in Montreal

Re: Montreal reins in carriage industry, June 8

Luc Desparois of Lucky Luc Stables said he can’t afford to feed his horses under the new regulations. If so, Mr. Desparois shouldn’t have them! Limiting the carriage horses to nine hours a day still means a metal bit in their mouth for nine hours straight and walking on man-made concrete. Horses weren’t born with bits for a reason and they were meant to walk on natural ground. Montreal should limit the carriage horses to bitless bridles and ground/grass-covered areas like La Fontaine Park.

Caroline Folk, Thornhill Ontario

( Agreed... Tell the Mayor of Montreal.. we will)



Toronto Star - June 8

Journalists Failed Society

 

As a former journalist having left the industry for monetarily greener pastures, and having read this article — for free — online, it is a story that needs to be repeated and driven home to everyone.

A Ryerson grad from the late 1980s, I entered the industry at its zenith, watched it badly fumbled and frittered away during the 1990s and eventually stumbled away bruised and broken in the mid-2000s. The old boys’ network who stabbed away at Coronas and drank just as many after a long day ignored the warnings of what the Internet would mean for the future — and now we have every Tom, Dick and Donald spewing out nonsense, without a solid Fourth Estate to keep them in check.

As journalists, we have failed society, miserably; and the very people discussing this at the highest levels can come to the front of the line to share in the blame.

Now, like the Misanthropic Merchants of Mortgages in 2008, we’re turning to governments cap in hand to make things right. Good journalism costs money and we need to find a way to pay for it. I only hope we can come out of it having learned our lesson, and rebuild a voice that has gone silent for far too long.

Don Horne, Oshawa

(Anti-white racists stink)






Boosting Military is Wrong

So Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland wants to make Canada an armed camp and take over the leadership of the world. I’ll bet Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of China, Japan, France, Germany, England and other countries are quaking in their boots!

I agree that we don’t want the United States to be the global leader and I would like to see Canada take a more active role, but I would also like common sense to rule.

It should be obvious that much of the current refugee crisis is people fleeing countries that the U.S. has “liberated” and it’s hard to blame terrorists for their petty attacks if we compare them with the terror, death and destruction that the U.S. and its minions have visited on Muslim countries, so maybe it’s time to lead the world in a different direction.

For a start, why not disarm part of the Canadian Forces and equip them to offer aid and support to areas struck by earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, floods and other natural disasters. That would not make Freeland popular with the military industrial complex, but it could be described as real leadership.

Andy Turnbull, Toronto

(Keep them home...help Canadians first)







Toronto Sun - June 5

Wong-Tam Wrong


Re “Agar doesn’t get it” (Letters to the Editor, June 1):
Like many members of the LGBT community, we are deeply ashamed and embarrassed by the comments of Coun. Wong-Tam disparaging white male city councillors who weighed in on the Pride debate in their capacity as elected members of council. All voices are equal and all voices have a right to be heard, especially those who have been elected to speak at council. The exclusion of our uniformed police and floats from Pride is pure discrimination, plain and simple. On that basis alone, the funding should have been pulled. If Pride wants to exclude and discriminate, it should not be on taxpayers’ money. That is not just the position of “white privileged males.” Many in the LGBT community and taxpayers across the city share that view. I hope Councillor Wong-Tam does the right thing and apologizes.

Martin Gladstone
Toronto

(Yawn)



Trump's Right

U.S. President Donald Trump is ridiculed by many. He will probably still be ridiculed because of his decision to leave the Paris climate agreement. I think Trump should be admired for stating his top priority, which should be every politician’s No. 1 priority: To put American workers and families in “Youngstown, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ... ahead of Paris, France.” The Paris accord has nothing to do with the environment, as UN climate officials have admitted global wealth redistribution is a key purpose of the deal. The world would be a much better place if all Canadian politicians put voters first instead of their out-of-touch personal agendas.

Albert O’Connell,
Cornwall, Ontario

(Yes)


Toronto Sun -- June 2

Carbon Ripoff


So much has been written about the costs of the unfair, unseen, useless Wynne carbon tax. However, there seems to be an elephant in the room. Everybody has to pay this tax on all goods and services. What is never discussed is the cost of this tax to all levels of government, to deliver the services they are responsible for and the costs that are then passed on. For citizens, this is money taken off the kitchen table from all income. Governments earn no income, they take citizens’ income in the form of fees and taxes. Municipal, regional and federal governments must raise taxes to cover the carbon tax because, like citizens, they are just along for the ride. Wynne is driving the bus and can siphon the cost out of general revenue, where the carbon tax is squirreled away, or raise taxes as she chooses. For Wynne and McGuinty, their only regret is not utilizing this perfect revenue stream sooner. Self perpetuating, invisible, without accounting as to where the money comes from, where it goes to, what the cost to deliver the programs is. To believe this is for the environment is extreme gullibility. This carbon tax is the latest Liberal hoax to deceive Ontarians and the environment. Hopefully, after the next election, the truth will be found on the irrecoverable damage done to the people of Ontario.

Joe Potter, St. Catharines Ontario

( Agreed )


Toronto Star - June 1

Gay Rights-- Fait Accompli?

Re: Don’t be ‘sensitive’? I don’t have a choice, Teitel, May 31

Bravo to Emma Teitel and thank you to the Star for putting her column on the front page. I also felt sickened with a social conservative being elected leader of the Conservative Party. As a gay man, I feel gratitude every single day for living in an inclusive, tolerant country like Canada.

I consider organized religion as the most destructive force ever perpetrated on the world but, being tolerant myself, I allow Andrew Scheer to think what he likes. But the idea of him forcing his religious beliefs on me is abhorrent.

I have struggled with my sexual orientation for much of my life and, although much work still needs to be done, the gay presence in our country, much as the right for women to choose, is fait accompli.

For Mr. Sheer to voice his personal distaste for these facts of Canadian life is sickening. Religion has no place in Parliament.

Mel Tonken, Toronto

 ( ...nor sex)


Toronto Sun - May 31

Scheer Disappointment

This whole Conservative leadership process has been a terrible disappointment. Hey, Andrew Scheer, were you listening? Thousands of average Canadians thought we had a real chance at seeing radical fiscal conservative change in Kevin O’Leary, only to be shattered when he decided he really did not want the job as bad as he first thought. The Conservatives signed up 259,000 members leading up to the convention, yet only 141,000 voted for a leader. How many of those more than 100,000 party members who never voted were like me: So disillusioned by O’Leary’s departure that we sat on the sidelines and never voted? What could have been, we will never know! However, as a life-long Conservative voter but a first-time party member who joined to support O’Leary, the whole process has been a slap in the face. Sadly, as a result of this whole fiasco, I see no future for the Conservatives having any chance of defeating Trudeau with you, Mr. Scheer. Time for a new right-wing fiscally conservative party to develop or this country is doomed to become an economic backwater as it has been with Trudeau and the Liberals at the helm.

Will Page, Forest, Ont.

( Austerity sucks )


Toronto Star - May 29

Speaking for Whom?


How fortunate we are to see a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada bravely speaking out on past and current evils in the world, and how we must try to speak out against these regressions, for the good of all humanity.

Justice Rosalie Abella is to be commended not only for her views on social justice, but also for the courage to speak out and call all of us to action, to see that we stop this regression.

We must not just stand by and watch in horror as equal rights and the progress that has been made in the past few decades are trampled slowly to death. Women’s rights, immigrants’ rights and human rights for all have been hard-won and we must at least be aware when these rights are in real danger.

Thanks, Justice Abella, for speaking up and standing up for all of us — in friendly academic territory, but reaching out to the U.S., no longer a secure “land of the free.” We need more role models, from all levels of governments everywhere.

Della Golland, Toronto

 ( What about white racists' rights, eh? Tell Abella.. We will )



ISIS' Fuel

Thank you for your insightful article pointing out that ISIS (Daesh) is in fact based in Islam, albeit a seventh-century version of said religion. I for one have no desire to return to the Dark Ages — I value my smartphone and my personal freedom too dearly, and it’s safe to say that all but the most fanatical, fringe Muslims would prefer modernity.

Yet you ask, “Who, except reactionary blowhard politicians and fringe crackpots, blame an entire community?” The answer is a large swath of the tens of millions of people who voted for said reactionary blowhard politicians.

And that is why sensible people are careful not to conflate the religious practice of everyday law-abiding Muslims with ISIS. Nor do they feel the need to point out the obvious: that the Islamic State or ISIS is, in fact, Islamic.

Levi Folk, Toronto

 ( It's the original Islam, like Christian fundamentalists )





Toronto Sun - May 26

IS THIS NECESSARY?

I know of the money needed for child care, hospitals, medical research, education, etc. And at the same time, I know of the millions of dollars spent on making autonomous automobiles. I have to ask — is such an automobile necessary?

H. Halliday, Toronto

( Self-driving cars; An Idiotic idea)





Toronto Sun - May 25

On 'Terrorism'

 

Re “Jihadism is a global death cult” (Editorial, May 24): It’s a cop-out to obscure Manchester and attacks like it as “jihadism”. Even at the very end of the editorial you go as far as saying “Islamist terrorism,” which is closer to the mark, and I applaud you for it. However, to be truly accurate, all that needed to be said was Islamic terror, or abbreviated to simply, Islam. Hatred and violence is hardwired right the Qur’an. There is only one Islam. When will we stand up and denounce it?

Wilbur Curtis

Clarington, Ontario

 ( Denounce anti-racism first, pal )


Toronto Sun -- May 24

Fake News


The Sun’s recent promotions heralding that it does not print fake news smacks of total hypocrisy, especially when its sources are The Associated Press and Washington Post. These two outlets are famous for fake news.

Alex Fabricius

Oshawa, Ontario

( the anti-white Sun is fake news, too )


Toronto Star - May 24

Relax Restrictions in "Terror" War


 

Re: Terror at U.K. concert, May 23

Regrettably, we are once again lamenting the tragedy inflicted on our society by a social miscreant, whatever his motivation. Equally regrettably, we are hearing that this individual was “on the police radar.”

So we have to ask ourselves, and those who protect us, why such individuals had not been apprehended beforehand. We don’t know exactly how many latent terrorists are being watched by authorities; nor do we know how many near misses they have thwarted.

But I suspect that, in many cases, the police may have plenty of suspicions but insufficient evidence to elicit a court warrant to interrogate or detain a person of interest. Perhaps it’s time to lower that bar.

Considering that the safety and well-being of all Canadians are at stake, I believe that, where potential terrorism is suspected, the criteria for obtaining warrants should be relaxed to afford the authorities greater opportunity to stop such acts before they are committed.

Ronald Weir, Toronto

(Giving up freedom for safety: not the white man's way )



Toronto Star May 23

Pride Politics

To deny Pride’s politics is to deny history, May 20

While I agree with Micallef’s headline in today’s Star, I believe that Black Lives Matter Toronto attempting to ban police, whether in uniform or not, from future Pride parades was a truly regressive move. As Shawn pointed out, there has been a long, hard-won battle to make the parade totally inclusive, and I believe that it has helped ameliorate the negative views many people once held.

It is extremely insulting and discriminatory to gay police who take pride in their job and uniforms for the Mayor and Police Chief to agree that they not take part wearing them.

Moreover, I totally disagree with Ward 4 councillor, John Campbell, that the city’s $260,000 grant to Pride be cancelled. There is no question that progress has been made in many ways and we must keep up the momentum.

Shirley Bush, Toronto

( No matter, cops should not march in uniform )



 



Toronto Sun   May 21

What About Obama?


 

Another tedious and stupid, anti-Trump cartoon from Donato! (May 18) Where was Donato when in 2011 Barack Obama revealed to the Russians classified information regarding the number of Trident nuclear missile systems aboard British Royal Navy submarines? And in the most cavalier manner did not bother to first consult the British government! Where was Donato when Obama exposed to the press and thus the Taliban who was the CIA station chief in Afghanistan? Where was he when Obama’s White House revealed sensitive intelligence to the media concerning the Stuxnet virus designed to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program, and then blabbed to the world the classified details of the SEALS raid to kill Osama bin Laden? Where was he when Obama’s incompetence brought about the Benghazi fiasco? Please tell Donato to go do cartoons for the depraved New York Times, Washington Post or Huffington Post. They’ll enjoy this contrived anti-Trump rubbish.

Rob Porter

Mississauga Ontario

( Donato, an anti-white idiot. Tell him)


Pillar Step Up

Re “MLB thin-skinned” (Letters to the Editor, May 19): I agree with the letter writer. Mr. Pillar didn’t sweep it under the rug, but stepped up, admitted what he did, and took his lumps. Not many of us can say that in the heat of the moment, we haven’t used a swear word. And the more emotionally invested in the moment, the more emotional the profanity. In this “moment” in history, homophobia and the phrases connected to it draw immediate red flags. In 50 years, they will be no more offensive than calling someone a scallywag (100 years ago that was a screamingly offensive word!)

Lynda Clark

Beaverton Ont.

(Don't bet on it)





Toronto Sun - May 20

Irish Eyes?


Re “Forget ‘cultural appropriation.’ It’s about censorship” (Lorrie Goldstein, May 18): If a non-Irish person wears green on St. Patrick’s Day, is that considered “cultural appropriation”?

Gregg Robinson, Toronto

 ( Agreed; Jews fall on their own anti-white censorship sword )




Toronto Star - May 18

Tanker Ban Kills Alberta Oil Markets

Re: Would PM go ‘nuclear’ to build a pipeline?, Hébert, May 16

On May 12, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced Bill C-78 to ban oil tankers off B.C.’s north coast. This bill would eliminate Prince Rupert, the safest location for an oil tanker port on Canada’s west coast, as the terminus for a single, highly efficient, environmentally responsible energy corridor, transporting oil, natural gas, gas liquids and clean hydropower through northern B.C., with local and First Nations support.

Yet Trudeau approved the widely opposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which dramatically increases dilbit (diluted bitumen) tanker numbers through Vancouver’s harbours and the Salish Sea.

However, a B.C. NDP-Green coalition government, together with Lower Mainland municipalities like Vancouver and Burnaby, will seek to kill it, or delay it long enough to effectively kill it. Remember, 60 per cent of B.C. voters recently voted for parties opposed to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Trudeau’s tanker ban on the north coast likely kills all prospects for oil pipelines to the west coast. And, in spite of what he says, the Energy East pipeline to the east coast will never get approved or built because he knows opposition in Quebec would cost him seats in parliament.

That leaves Alberta with no new markets and just one market for oil: the U.S., which is striving, successfully, to become self-sufficient in oil, and leaves eastern Canada to import premium-priced crude.

Alberta’s late, great premier Peter Lougheed must be turning over in his grave. And Justin, you can kiss goodbye to your four Liberal seats in Alberta, at least one of your 17 seats in B.C.

Mike Priaro, Calgary

(Thanks--build the Eastern Pipeline now )







Toronto Star - May 16

Welcome Police to Pride

Official police presence trivializes history of Pride, Letter, May 12

In his letter to the editor, Richard van Abbe writes that police officers “should drop their disingenuous outrage” at the Pride Committee’s decision to ban uniformed officers from marching in the parade, because of past “injustice and maltreatment by society and officialdom, especially the police.” There are two huge problems with this reasoning. One, the reason that events like the Pride parade were created in the first place, was to overcome the idea of exclusivity. The police have come a long way in how they treat the LGBTQ community. By denying police officers the chance to appear in the parade in uniform or with their vehicles, the Pride committee is acting in exactly the way they are continuing to fight against being treated themselves.

Secondly, no one at Pride seems to have any issue with receiving security from officers in uniform along the boundaries of the parade route. If the committee truly feels that the police still represent oppression towards the LGBTQ community, shouldn’t they hire their own security personnel for the parade?

Michael Carrington, Oshawa Ontario

 ( Cops should not march in uniform in any sex parade--it destroys their credibility )



Toronto Sun - May 16

No to FGM

Re “Religious tolerance is no excuse for female genital mutilation” (Farzana Hassan, May 11):

The issue here is, as Hassan suggests, very simple: “Religious rights” must not be permitted to trump “universal human rights”. To permit FGM as a religious right would be for us to abandon our humanity in favour of a brutish religion which engages in “honour killings” and punishes defectors with death. “Gender egalitarian surgeries”? Our moral and legal standards are obviously meaningless to such people, and they should be removed from Canada as they are clearly unsuitable to live in a civilized society.

Jeff Goodall, Toronto

( Without white racists, it's all meaningless )







Toronto Star - May 13

"Madman" Trump




Re: Trump aping Nixon’s ‘madman theory’, Walkom, May 8

I think Thomas Walkom is giving U.S. President Donald Trump way too much credit when he contends that Trump has actually planned some sort of strategy “deliberately designed to keep everyone guessing as to what he might do.”

I don’t think Trump does any planning but says whatever comes to mind at that moment. Trump and thinking are diametrically opposed. Just look at his Twitter comments.

Walkom also states that Donald Trump “should never be taken literally. Like a poet, he speaks in metaphors.”

Donald Trump wouldn‘t know the difference between literary devices such as metaphors, similes or hyperbole if they hit him between the eyes.

Joe Lefkowitz, Toronto

(No globalist Jews' double-talk -- it's refreshing )


 

Thomas Walkom suggests Trump is crazy like a fox because he keeps people guessing as to what his next move will be.

But Trump is no longer a reality TV sensation who needs to garner publicity. As president of the United States, his intended or non-intended practice of keeping people guessing is not particularly appropriate because he was elected to office based on specific positions held and promised as a Republican candidate.

Sadly, Trump will never stop playing a game and that’s only part of the problem with his presidency.

If he spent more time on true leadership and governance, rather than “mixing it up,” he might have achieved something in his first 100 days.

Margaret Mercer, Oakville, Ontario

 ( What have you done? )




Toronto Sun -  May 9 

No To BDS


Re “More vitriol” (Letters to the Editor, May 1):

The letter writer’s support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) is abhorrent and falls outside the Canadian consensus, where the governing Liberals, opposition Conservatives, and the NDP view it as discriminatory and counterproductive to the prospects of peace. Consider the following words spoken by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: “No, we do not support the boycott of Israel … We do not ask anyone to boycott Israel itself … we have relations with Israel. We have mutual recognition of Israel.” The Palestinians’ own leader views BDS as antithetical to the prospects of peace as it unfairly singles Israel out for opprobrium and doesn’t advance Palestinian interests. The writer’s support for economic sanctions against Israel unfairly assigns blame to the Jewish state and is at odds with Canadian values, as it applies differential treatment to Israel. BDS doesn’t care about peace, tolerance and mutual respect. BDS encourages unilateralism, discourages dialogue and reconciliation, and its efforts have only protracted the conflict. It seeks to make Israel a pariah nation and paint it as a rogue regime whose six million-plus Jews must be blacklisted and slandered.

Mike Fegelman

Executive Director, HonestReporting Canada

( All you ever do is whine)





Toronto Sun - May 7

Insulting Turkey

Tarek Fatah’s non-surprising repetition of insulting Turkey via incorrect reporting needs factual corrections (“Why don’t anti-fascists fight Islamofascism?” May 3). As a victim of terrorism for so long, Turkey has been a leading country in the fight against international terrorism, including Daesh. Turkey declared ISIS as a terrorist organization way back in 2005, before many countries. It has provided shelter to over three million people fleeing the Syrian regime, ISIS and other atrocities in Syria and Iraq, and spent more than US$25 billion for humanitarian assistance to all. More than 52,000 foreigners banned from entering Turkey, close to 4,000 foreigners deported and 1,000 foreign terrorist fighters jailed. Being part of the international coalition against Daesh since its inception, Turkey has supported the moderate Free Syrian Army “Euphrates Shield” operation against ISIS and liberated more than 2,500 square kilometres and 250 towns, including Jerablus, Rai and Al Bab, thus providing a safe haven for more than 10,000 Syrians to return to their homelands. It eliminated more than 3,000 ISIS fighters during the “Ephesus Shield” operation which cost the lives of 67 Turkish military personnel. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of the Republic of Turkey, is the legitimate leader of a democratic country who was elected by popular vote in 2014. Finally, Mr. Fatah ignores that it was the Turkish people who protected its democracy and elected parliament on the streets against the foiled coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Erdeniz Sen

Turkish Consul General

Toronto

 ( Your Erdogan.. the next caliph? )


Toronto Sun -- May 6

Sajjan's Sins


I do not know which is worse: Harjit Sajjan making a false claim;
Harjitt Sajjan thinking no one would take notice of such an outrageous claim; or Justin Trudeau claiming he still has confidence in his lying defence minister.

Michael Trahan, Maria, Quebec

( He should resign )



Toronto Star-- May 4

Don't Blame Seniors


Aging is not a crime. It is indeed a gift from God and the old can provide wisdom and love to the coming generations.

Do not blame seniors for being alive. This kind of article is exactly what is needed to encourage hate crimes against seniors. We are not the problem: The mismanagement of more than half a century of taxes by the government is the problem. There was plenty of tax money — where did it go?

Cathy White, Toronto

 ( You should have had kids )


Toronto Star - May 3

Sajjan Must Resign


What advice can be given to a minister of defence who deliberately surrendered the moral high ground in a foolish attempt to lionize himself? One word will do: “Resign!”

Harjit Sajjan has become an embarrassment to Canada, a discredit to his former uniform, a liability to the Liberal Party and, most important of all, a glory-seeking joke to the men and women serving in the Canadian Forces.

His self-serving apology is totally inadequate, just another example of poor judgment.

Talking about poor judgment, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went on record saying “he has my full confidence.” By backing Sajjan’s shameful behaviour, which is bound to result in derisive snickering and disparaging remarks throughout the Canadian Forces, Trudeau has set an extremely low ethical standard.

Members of his government have been given the green light to deceive, exaggerate, mislead and misinform Canadians. But I guess Trudeau did that himself during the election.

Lloyd Atkins, Vernon, B.C.

( Tell him to resign... we will )


Toronto Sun - May 2
 

QUESTION OF HONOR

The advocates and architects of situation ethics and political correctness see truth as a hindrance to multiculturalism. They maintain that eliminating absolutes is essential to the accommodation of all cultures. Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan’s recent falsification mirrors that deceitful policy, and if an apology is enough to satisfy Prime Minister Trudeau, then our international reputation will no longer be one of truth and honor.

Betty L. Reade, Oakville, Ontario

( Tell him to resign)


Toronto Sun - May 1

For Leitch


Just watched the CPAC debate and it sure made my choice easier. When 12 gang up on one of their opponents, it is fear of losing. Kellie Leitch should have this in the bag, as she was the only one speaking to regular Canadians. The rest wasted their time bragging about their track records (winning by one vote — really?) or slagging the majority of the country for not speaking French. Conservatives will have to rally around the only person to kick little Justin’s backside back to acting school.

Bert Dandy

Niagara Falls, Ontario


(Let the French speak French)

More Vitriol


Sue-Ann Levy describes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement as hateful and anti-Semitic (“Ontario NDP supports campaign against Israel,” April 21). She has obviously not bothered to do any research on BDS. Founders and advocates of BDS go to great lengths to be explicit that they condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms. Indeed, a huge and growing number of the Jewish diaspora support BDS, which isn’t even anti-Israel (as in its right to exist). Its overall objective can be summarized as the promotion of human rights for the Palestinian people, i.e., the reversal of the Israeli government’s long history of policies of subjugation. All you have to do is go to the BDS website to get the truth. The proposed Ontario NDP resolution is completely consistent with international law and the official Canadian and Ontario position on the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, notwithstanding the hypocritical recent parliamentary resolutions that kow-tow to the powerful Israel lobby. So where is the hate? Is it hateful to advocate for the rights of refugees who were expelled from their home? Is it hateful to want an end to the continual theft of land and resources? Is it hateful to want to put a stop to the state-sanctioned killing of thousands of civilians, destruction of essential services, and imprisonment of an entire population in the Gaza Strip? Please, Ms Levy, stick to the facts, and cut out the vitriol.

Patrick Furey, Toronto

(All good points--most Jews fear the truth)


Toronto Star - April 28

Peel Police Actions Offensive

Peel police discriminated against officer, tribunal rules, April 22

As a resident of Peel, I am deeply offended by the currents within the Peel Regional police force that led to the scandalous treatment of Staff Sgt. Baljiwan Sandhu.

I repudiate the flagrant racism tolerated by Chief Jennifer Evans and her subordinates. They cannot have been unaware of these issues.

Evidence clearly shows that Staff Sgt. Sandhu was not only competent; he was one of the brightest and the best. Rather than being rewarded for his brilliance, he was subjected to years of soul-searing racism.

It is my strongest expectation that all involved officers, including Chief Evans, will be held to account.

Robert Kent, Peel Region

( Racism is as natural as breathing )


 

This report reads like something out of the 1960s. It is further evidence that the police problem in this province for minorities and disadvantaged people is not going to be resolved unless the calibre of people recruited is dramatically changed. Nothing else will work.

Romain Pitt, Toronto.

( Try an ethnic state )

Toronto Star -- April 27

Start Art Programs Earlier

Re: Toronto’s art school students mostly white, from high-income families, study finds, April 24

The recently released OISE study and May Warren’s story only touch on the complexities of diversity in the arts-focused high schools of Toronto.

They suggest that the limited diversity of the student population can be solved with changes to curriculum at the arts-focused schools, while ignoring what happens in prior years.

A useful study would be the effectiveness of elementary fine-arts programs across Toronto after years of cuts. Do programs open students (and their parents) to fine-arts activities? Are the fine-arts programs across the system equally as effective as those at the 18 “feeder” schools referenced?

And is it true that fine arts are often not a priority in first-generation Canadian families, which focus on establishing themselves in other fields?

A more useful study could look at these issues in relation to the assumption that a revised curriculum for Grades 9 to 12 can overcome conditions that exist well before students consider their secondary-school options.

Phillip Silver, fine arts dean emeritus, York University

( Okay )


Toronto Sun - April 27

Just the Facts


Re “Only Hitler was like Hitler. Full stop” (Lorrie Goldstein, April 12):

Lorrie Goldstein has an amazing ability to give readers layer upon layer of facts to prove his point on various issues, including the indescribable horrors that Hitler committed in the Second World War in targeting Jews for extermination in the gas chambers and crematoria of Auschwitz and elsewhere. As Lorrie said, it is folly to compare current dictators to Hitler, as terrible as some of them are, or to compare western politicians to him. Incredibly there are people who say that the Holocaust never happened, despite the overwhelming historical and eyewitness evidence. Given that anti-Semitism is the most prevalent hate crime of our day, it is important that the facts be given. Each month on the American Heroes Channel there are documentaries about the Holocaust that will leave you in stunned silence as to what Hitler did.  

Chris Topple, Oshawa

( What about Stalin?)

Toronto Star - April 25


Drug Coverage for All Canadians

Re: NDP government would pay for drug coverage, Andrea Horwath says, April 23

It is good to see NDP Leader Andrea Horwath take a firm stand in supporting Pharmacare for Ontario, while Health Minister Hoskins has still not seriously pursued this key issue and PC Leader Brown hasn’t stated his opinion on instituting Pharmacare in Ontario.

Published Canadian studies have reported potential savings of $3 to $5 billion when we decide to opt for Pharmacare in Canada. Providing drug coverage to all Canadians, including those currently unable to afford life-saving medications, would result in improving health outcomes while reducing costs at the same time.

M. Fernandes, Mississauga, Ontario

( Agreed-- It's a rich country, thanks, God )



Toronto Sun -- April 17

Syrian Atrocities

The atrocities in Syria have seemingly exceeded every boundary. The recent chemical gas attack was yet another instance of the ongoing injustices being committed by government forces. It is appalling to see that war crimes are going unpunished. These crimes against humanity have led to the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians. We must all call on the world leaders to take immediate action. The demand for justice is ever so urgent. The worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, has profoundly said, “If we want true peace and if we want to save the world from destruction, then we must act with justice, integrity and be ever faithful to the truth … It is the duty of all powers to fulfill the requirements of justice and unite together.” It is time that we pay heed to this matter.

Fasih Malik, Calgary

( Bug off, war dog)

Putin's Blunder

 

Looks like Mr. Putin may have backed the wrong horse in the recent U.S. election. Hillary Clinton would likely have continued Obama’s soft foreign policy, thus enhancing Russia’s position in the Middle East.

Jim Wakefield, West Hill, Ont.

( Get real, Trump and Putin are globalist-controlled )




Toronto Sun -- April 13

No to Sanctuary City

 Re: “Police chief Mark Saunders talks Pride and illegal immigrants” (April 2, Sue-Ann Levy):

It was nice to read that Chief Saunders will not cave in to Toronto’s sanctuary city policy of not reporting illegals to federal immigration authorities, should they become aware of their status. He said the policy police have is don’t ask, not don’t ask and don’t tell, and that his officers will investigate fully if criminality is involved. That’s good to know, but could someone please remind the chief that people being in Canada illegally is a crime. That’s why they are called “illegal” immigrants? Coming into Canada legally is the very first law we ask of those who want to come to our great country and if newcomers are not willing to follow the first law they encounter it is a safe bet they can not be trusted to follow others. So, please, Chief Saunders, uphold all our laws, protect us, demand proof of immigration status any time I.D is requested.

Nevada Adams.Brantford Ontario

 (Tell him)

 


Toronto Star -- April 10

Beyak Should Resign


Re: Lynn Beyak calls removal from Senate committee ‘a threat to freedom of speech,’ April 6

While the senator has faced a lot of criticism (rightly so, in my view), freedom of speech is not at issue. As a senator, Beyak continues to hold a position that gives her a platform, power and great privilege. She even continues to be quoted by the “parasites” of the free press.

Her removal from the Senate committee was a political decision: a judgment by her own party that her presence on the committee was not worth the political cost. If the senator genuinely believed free speech was at stake, she could have taken a stand and resigned her Senate seat in protest.

However, it seems that making a sacrifice to uphold a principle is not what she has in mind. Far easier to fall back on stale slogans about “political correctness,” “silent majority,” and “vocal minority,” which seem in this case to be overtaking patriotism as the last refuge of a scoundrel.

Ian Henderson, Toronto


Toronto Star  - April 7

Naming Cops 

Re: Cops who kill: Should SIU name names?, April 4

Well I have a few questions for this question:

What would the public do if they were given the names?

What difference would it make to the public?

How would this affect the police officer’s families who attend school or work with others?

It is the job of the police to protect the public and, because they are in a position of protection, someone can get hurt or killed.

Giving out the names of the police officers when it is their job to protect the public is just setting them up for harassment, threats and possibly putting their families and others with the same last name in danger.

Bev Northeast, Goodwood, Ontario

( Only racists will save white society )


Prayer Opposition

Re: From accommodation to religious acceptance, opinion, April 6

I would like to object to the conflation the authors made in pairing disagreement with the Peel board’s decision with the root cause of racism and bigotry. I protest this decision because of my secular values. I believe separation of church and state is vital, especially in an increasingly multicultural society. Publicly funded schools should have no business in the realm of religious education.

Heather Whitty, St. Catharines, Ont.

( You should not bring them here )




Toronto Sun - April 5

Shame on The Sun

Regarding the March 25 cartoon depicting Islam as the devil: In these dark days of Islamophobia, I can’t believe that your editorial staff would be so stupid as to run this hate-filled cartoon. What were you thinking? Now more than ever we need peace on Earth and this kind of hate speech must be stopped at every turn. Shame on you, Toronto Sun.

Wendy Goldsmith

London, Ont.

( It's still dumb -- race is all)



Toronto Star - April 4

Leery of O'Leary

Re: A drink (of water) with Michael Chong, April 1

Why was an excellent article on Michael Chong hidden away in the entertainment section, while anything about Kevin O’Leary makes the news section or the political page. Be careful you don't do for him what the U.S. media did for Trump.

Lorne Wilson, Fergus, Ont.

( They like him because O'Leary's a globalist )





Peacekeeping Promises?

As I read the editorial about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s sudden evasiveness about sending our troops on peacekeeping missions, I wondered whether or not this comment indicated his lack of commitment to our allies. Many previous comments seemed to lead us to believe that Canada is fully in support of these type of missions. I guess the question is whether or not saying that we are available to serve several times almost make it appear as though it will happen.

In this day of distorted reality, does saying something over and over again make it seem like it’s happening? Then if one suddenly states that maybe this decision is a long way off, what do most of us recall? All those times we were assured that something was going to happen. Making a statement several times does not make it true, only action does.

Lynda Hurley, Toronto

( Start minding your own business)



Toronto Star - April 3

Trump "Wrong Headed"?

Who equates nationalism with liking Donald Trump?

He says politicians are having trouble separating their dislike of Trump from his so-called economic nationalism but could do quite a bit more to support this idea — like detail some ideas, statements or policies.

He is staggeringly far off the mark when he refers to “much that is wrong-headed” about the Trump presidency. Wrong-headed is the term you use to complain about the Scarborough subway. The current White House is dangerous in a hateful and cynical way that is historic.

This nationalism gets its life from blaming minorities for its problems, referring to Muslims as terrorists and how Mexico sends its rapists and other criminals to hurt America. Then it enacts policies like travel bans and building Mexican walls to ensure those it needs to blame stay demonized.

It gets its strength from the false promise of a return to better days — jobs that won’t be coming back in industries because automation, not the Chinese or other countries, stole them.

This nationalism is built on a high wall of alternate facts: that climate change is a hoax, that the election was rigged, that journalists are the enemy.

Walkom would do better to focus on this, rather than conceding Trump has a point about economic nationalism, even if people don’t like his “wrong-headed” presidency.

Dudley Paul, Toronto

(Tough... Trump's the white race's poster boy )


Toronto Sun - April 3

Blame Harris

Re “Selfish burden on future generations” (James Wallace, March 30): Governments don’t create miracles or wealth. They only distribute the existing economic pie. The massive debts are only the result of the cause: Bad economic polices. Canadian federal governments have given away a large part of our economic pie and ability to generate tax revenues to other countries through massive manufacturing trade deficits by a series of terrible trade deals. In addition, their elimination of the Canadian Development Corporation and lack of R&D spending have made us uncompetitive. Until the federal leaders understand and address the cause, the resulting deficits will only get worse. Hydro One, hospital closures, health-care and infrastructure cuts, Walkerton, Ipperwash, the 407 sale, and Toronto amalgamation were Mike Harris blunders and legacy. Clearly he didn’t get it, nor does Ben Eisen of the Fraser Institute.

Ben Barone,North York Ontario

( Conservative Mike the Knife was a disaster for Ontario's poor )





Toronto Star - April 2

Strong Scottish Roots


Re: The cruelty of naming your child, Mallick, March 27

As a Scottish emigré, I have a different take on the name Heather. It is a plant that thrives under adverse growing conditions. In winter, it bears a heavy burden of snow and, in late fall, fire deliberately set to burn off old growth. Yet, in late August and September, it cloaks the hillsides with a spectacular display of regal purple. It is a tough, resilient and beautiful survivor.

I hope this makes Ms. Mallick feel better.

James Lackie, Toronto

( Nice plant, suits the Scots to a "T")


Peel Board, Say No! 

Re: Parents need to learn school is about education, Mallick, March 29

At the beginning of her column, Heather Mallick asserts, and quite rightly so, that school is for learning where students learn how to speak, write and read well. However, subsequently she abandons her position and agrees with the Peel District board’s decision to allow religious school prayers, because, according to her, this is the only decent option. Why it is the only option and why it is the decent option?

She also criticizes anti-prayer parents for protesting against the school board and describes them as “militants.” There may be a few individuals who displayed their anger and frustration at the board meeting but that is no reason to bundle all anti-prayer parents as militants.

She has conveniently overlooked the fact it was parents who initiated the whole prayer issue in the first place, by insisting on religious prayer for their children during school time. Since the school is for education and not for any religious activities, the only option for the school board should have been straight and simple “No.”

Instead, the politicians got involved and, for a few more votes, succumbed to religious pressure and agreed to give in. And now the issue has escalated into a much bigger problem, where both sides have dug in their heels.

Ravi Jategaonkar, Brampton Ontario

 ( Agreed--there's too much accommodation)


Toronto Star - March 30

Bill 103 Won't Help Accident Victims

With a few notable exceptions, we share many of the concerns that appear to have motivated MPP Mike Colle to introduce Bill 103.

We agree that referral fees had gotten out of hand and we called for modest, reasonable limits on referral fees. We called for restrictions on legal ads to ensure that the public is not misled. We are heartened that the Law Society, which started reviewing these practices nearly two years ago (not just last month, as the article suggests), recently tightened the rules to address many of these issues, before Bill 103 was introduced.

As we have stressed, strict enforcement of the Law Society rules will go a long way toward ensuring compliance.

However, we take serious issue with a 15-per-cent cap on contingency fees. To put that in perspective, the B.C. government set its cap at 33-1/3 per cent!

Simply put, many people in Ontario won’t be able to find a lawyer to help them under the proposed bill. This is not in anyone’s best interest, other than insurance companies who won’t have to worry about victims being able to retain a lawyer to fight for justice.

That part of the bill, as it’s written, is not about helping accident victims. It’s about helping the insurance companies who deny their claims and benefits in increasing numbers every day.

We do agree that transparency is absolutely necessary in contingency-fee agreements, and we are working to develop a standard retainer agreement that will be more accessible and consumer-friendly.

We look forward to working with Colle and any other MPP in helping to reshape our system in a way that will benefit those victims in Ontario who really need our help.

Adam Wagman, president, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Toronto

(  HAAW, Haw )



Toronto Sun, March 29

Nuclear Isn't Green


Kathleen Wynne is delusional when it comes to thinking her power is green energy. While solar, wind and water are, the fact that nuclear is green is not supported by facts. Nuclear does not create carbon dioxide — it does create a worse potential environmental disaster in the future. Nuclear waste could change the Earth dramatically as the life-span of it is far longer than any man-made containment design could be. Nuclear waste can last up to a half a million years. Nothing man has built can be proved that it can last that long.

Ken Gillies, Toronto

( Still dangerous )


Cap and Trade

 

Re “Cap and trade auction little more than a cash grab” (Lorrie Goldstein, March 21): The cap and trade system is effective at reducing carbon pollution. The “cap” part ensures that. It mandates that Ontario’s emitters, such as natural gas distributors, cut their emissions each year. Cap and trade will help Ontario reduce its greenhouse gases 15% — compared with 1990 levels — by 2020. But there’s more good news. Revenue generated by the system will help Ontarians live more comfortably and save money. For example, cap and trade funds will help us retrofit our homes — making them warmer in winter and saving us up to $4 for every dollar we invest.

Gideon Forman, Toronto

( Just a globalist anti-white countries' scam )



Toronto Sun, March 27

Free Speech

The Islamophobia motion M-103 has passed. A heritage committee is tasked with completing the law with definitions, etc. within 240 days. The committee will consist of like-minded individuals following government direction and taking the heat off them. The prime minister didn’t even show for the vote, hoping he can remain blameless. I would think lawyers should be involved, since it’s taking our right of free speech away. It’s ironic that the prime minister’s father initiated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Obviously Justin was too busy playing with his silver spoon to absorb any of it. Freedom of speech and conscience are cornerstones of democracy. Shariah law has been condemned in many countries because it conflicts with their laws and culture and, as we’ve seen in Europe, leads to violence. Moderate Muslims have left their countries because of Shariah law. They didn’t come to Canada to have to face it again. When we vacation in another country, we do as the Romans do. It should be no different if you move there. Our processing procedures have been extremely lax. Our economy is in a mess with rising debt, fewer jobs, uncompetitive taxation, scarce health-care dollars and affordable housing. Our infrastructure is crumbling. Let’s look after our own first. Let’s first allow skilled workers we require, not ones we have to support, at least not in numbers Trudeau has in mind. Soon we may not be able to comment.

Karen Lalonde, Oakbank, Man.

( Commie feminist idiots love to censor)




Toronto Star, March 24

Bamboo Plates The Answer?

Re: Biodegradable home products that can be enjoyed — and tossed — guilt-free, March 17

Obviously bamboo plates are more biodegradable than plastic ones, but are these biodegradable home products really the solution?

We need to look at the actual issue behind our consumerist lives. We just purchase too much. We want more, better, and bigger.

If we all lived the way Canadians live, the human race would need almost five Earths to sustain our lavish lifestyles. Five Earths would be required to supply the oil, the trees, the animals, the minerals, the water and the other people used in sustaining our extravagant lives.

You might not feel as guilty throwing out the biodegradable bamboo plates, but you might feel even less guilty if you use the glass plates you already have.

Daniella Trodel, Richmond Hill, Ontario

( Idiots' globalism will kill us all )


Toronto Sun, March 24

FOOLISH LEADERS


Thanks for your editorial “Liberals need to listen to border concerns” (March 21). The reason Trudeau and his ilk blithely throw open the borders to any illegals is that they have never had to search for work, nor ever had to budget. Money comes with no effort, so why not throw our taxes to the world? We will give free money to anyone who walks in. No limits? I have to agree with you. Our social system is not endless, nor limitless. What foolish leaders we have!

C. Gelder

( Tell Trudeau )



Toronto Star, March 23

Wake-Up Call

Re: Four dead, 20 injured after apparent U.K. terror attack, March 22

This horrible attack was carried out using a car and a knife, the same combination used by Martin Couture-Rouleau in Quebec. It nearly coincided with an incident in Ottawa, where a female government employee on Parliament Hill impulsively stole a taxi and then a car before being apprehended.

We should first remind ourselves that we are vulnerable to terror attacks, but also to take to task Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale for not approaching more seriously the need to secure our homeland.

The recent attack in Quebec City, aimed at Muslims, used a rapid-fire gun, and the casualties were as high or higher than this horrific London episode.

Gun control in our country is far weaker than it is in the U.K., France, Belgium or Australia, and there is something very wrong with that.

The next Michael Zehaf-Bibeau who decides to hunt humans will likely carry a rapid-fire weapon, rather than the crude hunting rifle he brought. An attack on our transit system will be carried out with an explosive, rapid-fire guns, or both.

It is time for Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Goodale to wake up — before the mass killing rather than after.

Ron Charach, Toronto

( Canada should stop world-meddling)


Toronto Star - March 20

One Race, One Culture

Re: Proving alliance in action, not just words, March 17

How many more of these silly arguments will I have to read?

People really are ridiculous. First off, we are all the same species, Homo sapiens. There is only one race of people on Earth, the human race, and I would argue only one culture, human culture.

The object of the game as far as I can see — and we have been doing this for thousands of years — is to appropriate the best aspects of human culture and ditch the worst aspects. This is the only way that we can move the ball forward.

Kurt Crist, Consecon Ontario

( Naive Child )




Toronto Sun - March 19

STUPID CEILING


As Sue-Ann Levy reports, the International Women’s Day marchers in Toronto had a hate on for white men (“Wail-fest of hate,” March 12). I should probably just chalk it up to “haters gonna hate” and move on, but, as a target of the anger, I feel compelled to respectfully remind the haters that Canada was recently ranked as the second-best country in the world. It’s just not that oppressive here for the vast majority of women. So, by all means, march for improvement, parity, even ultimate power — I’ll support you. But if you cling to the “white male oppressor” stereotype in present-day Canada, you’re liable to run into something worse than the glass ceiling, namely the dumbass ceiling.

Rudy Buller, Toronto

( How about a nonwhite criminal run-in?)





Toronto Sun - March 15

PAKISTAN DEMOCRATIC

Re “Useful idiots’ line up to support M-103” (Tarek Fatah, March 8): The writer has made two misleading and factually incorrect assertions against Pakistan. Firstly, he wrote that a Pakistani small business owner escaped Islamic tyranny three decades ago. Pakistan is a multicultural, progressive and democratic country in which there is no place for religious tyranny. People belonging to all faiths including Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and Ahmadis are living with complete freedom of worship. No one has been subjected to persecution on the basis of religion, race or sect. Secondly, it is factually incorrect to assert that Pakistan occupied Baluchistan. Area wise, Baluchistan is the largest province of Pakistan. Pakistan came into being on Aug. 14, 1947, after partition of sub-continent by the British rulers. Since then, Baluchistan has been part of the country and there has never been any desire of its people otherwise. We understand that many people from Asian and African countries do seek asylum in Canada on the plea of tyranny and persecution etc, but it is ludicrous to twist the facts beyond fiction for justification of their pleas. It is unfortunate that Tarek Fatah continuously distorts the facts for the reasons better known to him.

Nadeem Haider Kiani

Minister Press

High Commission of Pakistan

( It's a phony colonial construct country)

 

 then there's VINCE FOSTER!!!

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Toronto Sun - October 28

    Thank The Walloons
     I totally agreed with the people of Wallonia. CETA is less a free-trade agreement and more about investor protection.
    How many times has Canada been sued under NAFTA by corporations for loss of future profits? How long does it take us to learn?

    If we had a referendum in Canada and if we really understood what was in this secretly-negotiated trade deal, I’ll bet we would have voted against it, too.

    Thank you Wallonia!

Eileen Watson, Toronto

( Are Walloons anything like balloons?  ____________________________




Toronto Sun - March 19

STUPID CEILING


As Sue-Ann Levy reports, the International Women’s Day marchers in Toronto had a hate on for white men (“Wail-fest of hate,” March 12). I should probably just chalk it up to “haters gonna hate” and move on, but, as a target of the anger, I feel compelled to respectfully remind the haters that Canada was recently ranked as the second-best country in the world. It’s just not that oppressive here for the vast majority of women. So, by all means, march for improvement, parity, even ultimate power — I’ll support you. But if you cling to the “white male oppressor” stereotype in present-day Canada, you’re liable to run into something worse than the glass ceiling, namely the dumbass ceiling.

Rudy Buller, Toronto

( How about a nonwhite criminal run-in?)





Toronto Sun - March 15

PAKISTAN DEMOCRATIC

Re “Useful idiots’ line up to support M-103” (Tarek Fatah, March 8): The writer has made two misleading and factually incorrect assertions against Pakistan. Firstly, he wrote that a Pakistani small business owner escaped Islamic tyranny three decades ago. Pakistan is a multicultural, progressive and democratic country in which there is no place for religious tyranny. People belonging to all faiths including Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and Ahmadis are living with complete freedom of worship. No one has been subjected to persecution on the basis of religion, race or sect. Secondly, it is factually incorrect to assert that Pakistan occupied Baluchistan. Area wise, Baluchistan is the largest province of Pakistan. Pakistan came into being on Aug. 14, 1947, after partition of sub-continent by the British rulers. Since then, Baluchistan has been part of the country and there has never been any desire of its people otherwise. We understand that many people from Asian and African countries do seek asylum in Canada on the plea of tyranny and persecution etc, but it is ludicrous to twist the facts beyond fiction for justification of their pleas. It is unfortunate that Tarek Fatah continuously distorts the facts for the reasons better known to him.

Nadeem Haider Kiani

Minister Press

High Commission of Pakistan

( It's a phony colonial construct country)

Globe and Mail  —  February 25

Tyrannical M-103

Why the hysteria over Motion 103 (Liberals Vote Down Conservative Anti-Racism Motion, Feb. 22)? Political opportunism, as usual. Plain and simple.

 

Something happened between the introduction of M-103, which initially had the support of the Conservatives, and now. Some strategist probably came to the realization that popular endorsement of this motion would make it that much more difficult for the Conservatives to continue scapegoating the Muslim community, using fear to galvanize Canadians.

 

Stephen Harper may have failed to win the last federal election using this dirty tactic, but Donald Trump’s rise to power in the United States has given the Conservatives renewed hope that it is possible to delude good people into believing anything. Supporting the motion would be like throwing away the proverbial ace up one’s sleeve. Ultimately the party must prevail and winning at any cost can always be justified. The Conservatives are probably kicking themselves for having complicated things, hoping they haven’t completely squandered their “trump” card.

 

Zan Saleemi, London, Ont.

( So you need free speech so you can say  . . . WHAT? )

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Toronto Sun  —   February 24

 

Jet-setting Trudy needs to stay home and work on solving Canader's problems

 

Our PM Justin Trudeau seriously needs to wake up. He has brought in all these refugees, spent Canadians’ money providing for them when that money should have been used for the Canadians that are already here and struggling to make ends meet. He is also wanting to send our money to help Iraq’s economy — that is money that should be staying in Canada to help Canada’s economy. Trudeau has brought in the carbon tax at a time when Canadians are already struggling. With everything that Canada has been going through, the oil and gas industry, Fort McMurray fire, Trudeau is supposed to be there for Canada, not other countries! It’s time that the other politicians and Canadians stand up and have Trudeau removed from office. Since he took office (this is my opinion), he has taken advantage of his position and has thought nothing of Canada and the people who live here. These are the Canadian people who are hard working, trying to provide even the basic necessities. These are Canadian people who have lost everything (whether it be by a drop in the economy or a fire), and then have to work hard to rebuild. It’s time that when the Canadian people speak, the government listens and takes action. Canadians don’t deserve to have a prime minister who is not there for Canada.

 

Deborah Sorensen, Blackfalds, Alta.

 ( Like his daddy before him, Trudy likes exotic people from distant lands )

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Toronto Sun  —   February 23

 

Dumb Millennials

 

I used to think that millennials were on average not very smart, until it hit me one day that it is not what you know but if you know how to find it. Just by using their phones they can, at the drop of a hat, go from knowing very little to having all the knowledge ever produced at their fingertips. But sadly, while watching the hysteria by most millennials after President Trump’s win, it’s clear that having knowledge available and the “smarts” to look for it are clearly two different things.

 

Nevada Adams, Brantford Ontario

( Need info? “Google” it! . . . The world at your stubby little fingertips )

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Toronto Star  —   February 22

 

No Respect

There’s only one way Islamophobia can be defeated and that would be that people, such as MP Iqra Khalid, concentrate on denouncing Islamic extremism. Canadians of all faiths deserve to live in peace and security. This attempt to “glorify” Islam is insane. To each their own God, but with respect for those of others.

 

Nick Pinto, Toronto

 ( As the great political comedian Bill Maher says, ( "All religion is stupid and dangerous )

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Toronto Star  —   February 14

 

Too Soon To Pull Out

Re: Taking a step back, Feb. 12

    Why is Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders making a decision now to not march in the Pride Parade this year? It is only February and the parade is not until July.

    Why did he not wait and let Pride and Black Lives Matter discuss this amongst themselves? This is a very fluid situation and there is plenty of time between now and the parade.

    Saunders says: “We will continue to develop respectful relationships and build new ones.” Is he trying to “develop respectful relationships” with the black community and Black Lives Matter? I would have more respect for Chief Saunders if, instead of making a decision now, he announced that he and the Toronto police force would be meeting with Black Lives Matter to hear their concerns.

    Considering the contentious history between the Toronto police force and the LGBT and black communities, perhaps having prisoner transport vehicles in the Pride Parade is not the most appropriate way to “develop respectful relationships.”

    Perhaps having large number of uniformed police officers in the parade is not inviting for LGBT black and trans members who have been victims of carding and police violence.

 

Donna Patterson, Toronto
 ( Cute cops should march in Speedos  )

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National Post  —   February 13

 

Jordan Peterson's Free Speech Fight

    Jordan Peterson is an erudite professor at the University of Toronto who refuses to use the 32 new gender pronouns promulgated by the left. I’m with him. It is sad that given the threats from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and international wars that we see today, that the left is focused on pronouns.

    Prof. Peterson is fighting against the demise of our freedom of speech for who are others to tell us what we can say? His colleagues are cowards and should be dismissed. I am humiliated and embarrassed that this took place on a Canadian campus. If students aren’t ready for the real world, they should go home to their mommies.

Linda Keays, Nanaimo, B.C.


(Erudite profs are few and far between )

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Toronto Sun  —   February 11

 

Re “Scrap Toronto’s ‘sanctuary’ policy” (Editorial, Feb. 8):
    You are absolutely right. Like most residents, I’m all for immigration. We need it. But not for funding “illegals”. This practice should be stopped ASAP.

 

Robert Vinton, East York Ontario

 

( We need more Brits, Scotties, Irish, Germans, Swedes, Danish, Dutch. . . get the point? )

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Globe and Mail  —   February 10

 

Their own borders

 

Re Whither The Rule Of Law? (Feb. 9):
    Considering the fact Donald Trump campaigned on his views on immigration, travel bans and terrorism, I’m not sure why the world was shocked when the order was enacted. It is misleading to suggest that it was sprung out of the blue. There certainly was no “secretive process.”

    Most of the countries affected do not have the resources to monitor potentially dangerous events. It is not a right to enter a country that is not your own, it is a privilege. Any country has the right to decide who enters and who does not.

    In the progressive goal of a borderless world and a so-called global village, we should note the words of Cicero to Marcellus, “Wherever you are, remember that you are equally in the power of the conqueror.” Separate, independent countries, and yes, with their own borders, are essential for freedom. Look at the EU: The U.K. had to go through Brexit in order to defend itself as a nation from the increasing autocracy of Brussels. You either have a country or you don’t.

 

Karen Fenton, Mississauga, Ontario

( What a showoff you are, Karen! . . . Quoting Cicero Marcellus! )

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Toronto Star —   February 10

 

Canada's Inclusivity
 

    Thank you, Canada, for your heartwarming and overwhelming public display of support for our Muslim community in the aftermath of the terrible Quebec City killings.

    Thank you for being an example to the rest of the world as to what an inclusive society looks like, what it looks like to support your fellow citizens, and for showing that when political leaders publicly stand up for the rights of all citizens, the nation will follow accordingly, and is better for it.

    For Muslims in Canada, this support brings with it an increased responsibility to show our willingness to become even better citizens, more involved in civic matters, more involved in the politics of our nation, more open to our non-Muslim neighbors, whilst still adhering to the tenets of our faith. Canada is where we can do this!

    It is important that we be at the vanguard of assisting in the event any of our Christian, Jewish, other religious or non-religious communities face a crisis, whether manmade or otherwise.

Let us be Canadian Muslims, and not just Muslims living in Canada!

Faheem Schroeder, Waterloo , Ontario

( For starters, get rid of the funny costumes, girl! )

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Globe and Mail  —   February 4

 

A Fairer Electoral System

    I am tired of the claims that if only we had a proportional representation electoral system, everything would be great.

    If this was in fact how PR systems worked, most of Western Europe (where 21 of 28 countries use PR) would be in better political/economic shape.

    If PR supporters want to sway the less convinced, they will have to acknowledge the downside of coalition governments – namely, not much gets done. I would rather have action, even if against my political views, than no action at all.

 

Greg MacDonald, Toronto

( So you're a “man of action” . . . Cool! )

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Toronto Star  —  January  31

 

Mosque Attack A Symptom

Re: Deadly mosque attack in Quebec City, Jan. 30

    This is terrorism. This is Islamophobia. This is a symptom of a culture of hate allowed to fester and grow, emboldened by recent circumstances.

    Hatred and discrimination is an attack on humanity, on the ideals of this beautiful country, and on the soul of society. It is incumbent upon each and every one of us to address hatred wherever we see it. It is our duty as Canadians and as human beings to ensure that the world is safe for everyone.

    Oh Canada, let not anger and hate consume you. Stay strong and free from this darkness.

 

Harith Chaudhary, Maple, Ont.

 ( What "darkness ? ? ?  Pay your light bill )

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Toronto Sun  —  January  30

 

Anti-Trump Bullies

 

    Who cares about the number of people who showed up for Trump’s inauguration? So what if more people showed up to Obama’s? News flash: He was the first black president, kind of a big deal, and it was a feel good moment. People who were going to vote Trump didn’t publicly voice their choice because they were afraid to be ridiculed. That is why the poll numbers were so off. They didn’t show up at the inauguration for the same reason. Why do the media not report on the bullying directed at Trump supporters? Because the media is also guilty of bullying Trump supporters.

 

Matthew Wilson, Port Colborne Ontario

 ( Why stand out in the cold when you can view the event on TV in the comfort of your home )

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Toronto Star  —  January  30

 

"America First"

Re: Yes, the truth still matters, Editorial Jan. 2

    Donald Trump‘s America First policy is not a bad thing, particularly if the U.S. withdraws from the world. Less U.S. interference in global affairs would be beneficial to all.

    The Star makes some good points in its rare front page editorial in last Saturday’s edition on Trump’s inauguration. Like many Star readers I watched Trump’s inaugural speech. At first glance, I thought it was graceless and simplistic and thankfully short — but on second thought, the new president made some good points.

    Putting America first, and withdrawing somewhat from the world could be beneficial for all. Let’s face it, the quixotic notion that the Unites States should rule the world, a world that is too big and complex for any one nation, is simply absurd. There are limits to any one country’s power and that includes the U.S..

America emerged in the aftermath of the World War II as the world’s most powerful country in human history and hence became the world’s policemen, and as the Star notes in its editorial, for many nations and regions, this hasn’t always been a positive situation.

    If President Trump really wants to help Americans, the best thing he can do is reduce America’s vast military spending, which is higher than all other nations combined and invest the savings in helping the American people.

    Withdrawing from trade agreements as Trump did the other day with TPP, is not going to help the U.S. economy. For the U.S. to thrive it needs open trade and as the Star mentions, we don’t want a return to the 1930s.

    The United States has been on the wrong track for a long time. Its obsession with its credibility on the world’s stage and its overweening ambitions to be the world’s cop; a country that feels that it can contain every war and political crisis that erupts, is not normal, it’s not rational. Hopefully, President Trump understands this.

    There are serious problems through much of the world and there’s little the U.S. can do about it. Internecine civil wars such as Syria, South Sudan, the eastern Congo, Somalia and Yemen will continue despite any U.S. action. The best thing the U.S. can do is abstain from interference.

    The late great York University historian Gabriel Kolko said it best in one of his last books, Another century of war?: “The way America’s leaders are running the nation’s foreign policy is not creating peace or security at home or stability abroad.

    “The reverse is the case, it’s interventions have been counterproductive. Everyone would be far better off if the United States did nothing, closed it bases overseas and withdrew its fleets from everywhere and allowed the rest of the world to find its own way without American weapons and troops.”

 

Andrew van Velzen, Toronto

 ( You REALLY think anyone is going to waste their time reading all this long-winded drivel? )

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Globe and Mail  —  January  28

 

'Women and Children’ in 2017

 

    Yet again in The Globe and Mail I see reference to harm to “women and children” (‘No Words’ For Attack Aftermath – Jan. 25). The implication is that harm to women is somehow inherently worse than harm to men. At best, the expression fosters the sexist view that women are more innocent or in need of protection than men. At worst, it links us with children as less than fully developed members of society. The male refugees killed and injured are equally victims of this tragic attack.

    In 2017, it’s time for this sexist phrase to be retired.

 

Hilary A.N. Young, Fredericton, NB

( Women and children are overrated )

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Toronto Sun  —  January  28

 

Go O’Leary Go!

 

Re “O’Leary ready to take on Trudeau” (Joe Warmington, Jan. 19):

    I can barely control my joy at this prospect. For decades I have said I would vote for the devil if he would balance the budget. Our provincial and federal governments are happy to deflect and discuss any soft, fluffy issue providing it isn’t fiscal sanity. That is always off the table. I’m weary of inept finance ministers telling us how it’s only through their prudent management that the deficit is as small as it is. Baloney. Canadians must stop pretending debt doesn’t matter. The time for an adult conversation about the immediate and long-term effects of debt is long overdue. For the sake of all of us, Kevin, please bring it on!

Steve Peck, Brampton Ontario

(Boring letter of the day . . . )

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Toronto Star  —  January  26

 

Making American Great
 

Re: United in defiance, haunted by despair, Jan. 22

    Make America Great Again begs the question, when was America great? Was it when buffalo were being slaughtered, Indians killed and the west was won? Was it during the Civil War, a time when slaves were freed? Was it when Dresden and Tokyo were fire bombed, Hiroshima and Nagasaki incinerated? Perhaps when south east Asia was painted with agent orange and napalm during a war which America lost.

    America’s prodigious accomplishments in science and the arts pale by comparison with America’s capability for killing. Is it the killing that makes America great? Who will have to die to make America great again?

 

C. R. (Ray) Luft, Mississauga, Ontario

( You obviously don't know the answer, so ask President Trump )

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Toronto Sun  —  January  26

 

Emperor Trudeau
 

    Justin Trudeau must be very confused! He thinks he was elected emperor, not prime minister of Canada! Canada is a sovereign nation, our brave men and women fought in two major world wars and a few others as well for the freedom we all enjoy today. Why would we want to throw it away? It is obvious Trudeau does not believe in a Canada defined by a national heritage developed over 150 years together with our ancestors and indigenous people! This is why Trudeau is doing everything possible to please a corrupt, dysfunctional UN. He wants to regain a seat at the UN Security Council at any cost, including our Canadian sovereignty. He is signing up for every mandate that the UN proposes, for example taking in as many refugees as you can with disregard for safety; climate change agenda; small arms treaty, etc. These are things Canada as a sovereign country can decide on by itself, not dictated to us by a global organization that believes in one government, one economy, one dictatorship. Trudeau is suppose to represent all Canadians, he wasn’t elected to implement his own vision of our Canada!

 

Dom Lagana, Peterborough, Ontario

( Justin was only elected PM because many females — and not a few men — fantasized about fucking him )

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Toronto Star  —  January  24

 

Tax the Robots?
 

Re: Part-time work fuels Canada’s labor market in 2016, Jan. 18

    In the not too distant future, robots will do most of the unskilled and dangerous work. This will result in tens of thousands of unemployed young men, which could lead to social unrest. The only solution is to legislate a guaranteed wage. How would we pay for this wage plus cover health-care for an aging population? Simple, tax every robot at the same rate as the humans they replace.

 

William Bedford, Newmarket Ontario

( It's ideas like yours that make Canada a second-rate country )

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Toronto Sun  —  January  22

 

Population Problem
 

    I keep reading your articles and letters to the editor and I wonder why each blames so many imagined causes for our climate change and excessive carbon dioxide growth. All these stated causes are actually effects. There is one and only one real cause of the situation, the significant extinction of human and other supportive life on Earth, and that is the out-of-control growth and size of the human population. Nothing will save us except all countries forcing limits on breeding. It may be too late as we passed the point of no return decades ago. The reality that China tried limits and failed tells us the entire human culture of greed based on growth will continue.

 

Nick Bird, Richmond Hill Ontario

( Mandatory spay/neuter clinics in India, China, Africa and the Middle East )

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Toronto Star  —  January  22

 

Curtail Male Abuse of Women

 

Re: Why do we coddle violent, abusive men? Jan. 11

    Women with abusive husbands might be well advised to get their children and themselves out of the situation as soon as possible, to escape the worst outcomes as described yesterday by the Star.

    But on the practical side, there are many challenges, starting with our Family Law system in Ontario. If either party wishes to separate and calls a lawyer (assuming they have the resources to do so), they may well be advised not to leave the household and not to take the children until an agreement has been reached. Yet, the initial stages of separation involve strong emotions and are when abusive husbands are least amenable to reasoned discussion and are at greatest risk of doing something terrible.

    If the woman suggests to her lawyer that she fears for her and the children’s safety, she may be advised to telephone the police, but to understand that there could be a series of consequences that are outside her control.

    The husband may be charged criminally, possibly leading him to lose his employment and his ability to provide support. His anger may further increase, and he would not be influenced by a court order to stay away from his wife and children.

    The Children’s Aid Society may become involved. The Family Law court may later hear from the husband and his legal counsel that the woman was being vexatious in calling the police and simply wanted to strengthen her case for separation.

    Somehow, while looking at all parts of the system, we need to make it easier for women and their children to get away from abusive husbands, before it’s too late.

Tony Dittenhoffer, Collingwood Ontario

( What about hen-pecked husbands who are victims of their fat shrew-like mates? )

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Toronto Star  —  January  20

 

Ethnicity Has No Place in Science


Re: Ignoring non-European thinkers leaves half blind, Opinion Jan. 12

    Azeezah Kanji is critical of the dearth of female and non-European philosophers on the syllabi of undergraduate philosophy courses, and some of her criticisms are legitimate.

    However, while the marginalized intellectuals she champions may have written extensively on slavery, colonialism and patriarchy, have they written just as extensively and with equivalent revolutionary ideas on metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, logic, or any other philosophical topic that cannot be labeled “social and political philosophy”? The onus is on her (and the Students’ Union at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London) to show that they have.

    Furthermore, from an educational standpoint, it is important for students to learn about traditional philosophers, if only because they are situated within an intellectual discourse that has developed over millennia. To remove them from the syllabus of an introductory course at random would disrupt students’ grasp of the “meta-narrative” of the evolution of Western (or Northern) thought.

    Admittedly, there are problems associated with historical meta-narratives, but for a novice philosopher trying to understand the history of philosophy for the first time, it is important to provide a guide that can help him/her grasp an overview of the development of influential patterns of thought.

    I wonder if Kanji would be just as eager to reform science in the same way. Should the revolutionary scientific findings of old, white men be “excised” from the curricula of biology, chemistry and physics courses? Should the discoveries of Kepler, Darwin, Newton, Bohr and Einstein be diminished to make room for more diversity? Surely not.

    Surely we can agree that educational institutions of science should focus on teaching the most relevant, impactful and well-documented scientific theories and studies, without regard to the gender or ethnicity of the authors. Why should philosophy be any different?

 

Scott Nicholson, philosophy teacher, Craig Kielburger Secondary School, Milton

( ANOTHER long-winded Star letter writer sounds off and puts everyone to sleep )

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Toronto Star  —  January  17

 

Deport Subbiah


    Why is deportation not mandatory upon conviction and the order served at that time. Kumar Subbiah’s release should not have come as a surprise. They have had 24 years in which any argument to the contrary should have been resolved.

 

Donald Adams, Brighton, Ontario

( No shit, Sherlock! )

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Toronto Sun  —  January  16

 

Privatize City Hall

 

    Just a thought: If politicians are looking for ways to save us money, maybe we should get rid of them and privatize City Hall. We could open bids to management companies to run the city. I can’t see how they could be worse than the elected ones we have now. And if they screw up, they can be held accountable, not able to slither off into the sunset like they can now.

 

Paul MacLellan, Toronto


 ( We definitely need a "No Slithering" zone, Polly! )

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Globe and Mail  —  January  14

 

The PM and the Aga Khan
 

Re:  PM’s Friendship With The Aga Khan Should Be Celebrated (Jan. 12):

    The Conservatives and the New Democratic Party, as well as the media, should be ashamed of themselves for trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill, and in the process casting aspersions on the Aga Khan.

Let’s celebrate that our Prime Minister is friends with such a respected world figure. The Prime Minister’s mistake was to think that he and his family could visit a long-time friend over the holidays without telling everyone where they were going, just as the other 99 per cent of us can.

    I encourage Mr. Trudeau to take off his “down-filled sackcloth” and celebrate his friendship with this inspiring man and friend of Canada, the Aga Khan.

 

Patricia Montgomery, Newmarket, ON

( Besides you, no one gives a rat's ass where Trudy goes )

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Toronto Star  —  January  13

 

"Collaborator" Label Unfair to Poles
 

Re: Why Poland wants to punish a dead general, Jan. 7

    In this article, Leonid Bershidsky presents his view on one aspect of Poland’s current government policy toward the country’s modern history. He may not like the Polish government’s decision stripping Communist leader Wojciech Jaruzelski of the rank of “general” and he is entitled to this opinion. But while presenting historical background for his analysis, he should not suggest facts that did not take place.

The implication that Poland collaborated with Nazis Germany is not only false but also deeply offensive to the memory millions of Poles who greatly suffered and were killed during World War II fighting against German Nazism and its armies.

    There were governments and countries that collaborated with Hitler before and during the World War II but not Poland, which became the first victim of Germany’s cruel military attack and fought the longest combat against Nazism between September 1939 and May 1945.

Ironically, the Soviet army that liberated Poland’s territory from German Nazism brought Communism, another deadly and destructive ideology with Poland spending the next 40 years under forced and unwanted Russian domination.

    As pointed out by Bershidsky, “a dead general” Jaruzelski was one of those who represented the Soviet regime in pre-1989 Poland. For this – contrary to what the author suggests — Jaruzelski’s political legacy deserves rough treatment from current Polish politicians including posthumously stripping him of the rank and title of “general.”

 

Marek Domaradzki, vice-president, Canadian Polish Congress, Calgary

 ( . . . and Canadians should care, WHY ? ? ? )

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Toronto Star  —  January  8

 

Rein In CEO Salaries
 

Re: Time to curb CEO pay, Editorial Jan. 4

    Thanks to the Star and to Hugh Mackenzie of the Centre for Policy Alternatives for the mind-boggling news about how much CEOs make while normal working stiffs get the shaft. Again. The suggestion that special tax breaks for proceeds on stock options should end is a good one. Will it be in the next federal budget. Holding your breath?

    And isn’t it cheerful news that successive federal governments have pressed on with their corporate-friendly plans to put an end to defined benefit pensions for those workers and retirees who managed to bargain and negotiate such security and dignity for their retirement years? We’re told nearly half of the top CEOs enjoy defined benefit pensions. And at age 65 they’re getting over a million dollars. Outrageous!

    Those retirees under attack by government and employers are told they should opt out of secure pension plans. There is a role for government: act promptly to curtail the outrageous incomes and pensions enjoyed by the corporate elite. Defend the retirement dignity of working Canadians. Stop the attacks on defined benefit pensions.

 

Bruce Diana Rogers, Lindsay, Ontario

 ( Your middle name is Diana, Bruce ? ? ?  )

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Toronto Sun  —  January  8

 

Marie Antoinettes

    “Beware of the coming uprising.” The Marie Antoinette-type political elites don’t get how they have taken the dignity away from the elderly, causing the eating of cat food in order to pay hydro bills, and the taxation of the lower working class to the point of affecting every-day living for families, including reduction and even stopping children’s extra activities. And now with Canada’s debt becoming so high our future grandchildren have no hope of ever owning a house or having a job that will provide a pension. So yes, beware — when people have no hope, then drastic things need to occur like electing a leader who will lead the uprising.

Clifford Craddock, Parry Sound Ontario

( Eat cake, not cat food )

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Toronto Sun  —  January  6

 

Tribalist Groupthink

    It’s easy to understand why Star columnists have their knickers in a twist about recent political events – to a point one can empathize with their grief. But just being morose does not excuse Vinay Menon ruing the fact that “most powerful celebrities couldn’t help sway the U.S. election.”

    With very rare exceptions, there is no reason to believe that actors, directors, rock stars, and other such celebrities have any more insight into public policy than the average person on the street. Name recognition does not equal authority or wisdom.

    On the contrary, it might be easier to argue that media personalities (and columnists?) are more likely than the average citizen to parrot tribalist groupthink in lieu of providing useful advice to voters.

 

Pav Penna, Georgetown Ontario

( Most celebrities are just airheads )

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Toronto Sun  —  January  5

 

April Fools?

Having started to read Smokey Thomas’s tirade about the “elites” and the wealthy (“This is the way forward for our political leaders,” Jan. 1) I thought it was April 1, not Jan. 1. Here’s a news flash, Smokey: You and your so-called public service cohorts are the “elites” to the rest of us. You are the worst kind of elites. How many jobs have you created and how much wealth have you generated?

N. Gillen, Ajax Ontario

( Sounds like you had too much to drink on New Year's Eve if you thought it was April 1st )

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Toronto Sun  —  January  4

 

Israel's Fault

Re “PM must condemn UN smear of Israel” (Editorial, Dec. 29):
    I disagree. The vote was 14-0 in favor of the resolution. It declared the Israeli settlement of the West Bank a flagrant violation of international law. It is: The Fourth Geneva convention forbids moving civilian populations into occupied territory. It simply is illegal. For 50 years, the U.S. veto has shielded Israel from any consequences for breaking this law. This, in my humble opinion, is a core source for Arab/Muslim anger at the West for supporting obvious injustice. Anti-Semitism is just something Israel howls when people disagree with their illegal policies and they then point out Palestinian violence to try and distract us, because other than inflaming the anger of the occupied, really one has nothing to do with the other. Palestinian violence does not justify annexation. Apples and oranges. What is happening in the West Bank is annexation by inches. If Israeli settlers build their numbers, the two-state solution may result in two Israeli-dominated states. I believe this is Israel’s ultimate objective. Canada should align with every other nation in the world, other than Trump’s U.S.A., in condemning a flagrant breach of international law.


Michael Holme, Toronto


( It doesn't take much to get those Arabs whipped into a reptilian frenzy )

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Toronto Star  —  January  2

 

TTC, Stop The Craziness

    The TTC’s transit enforcement unit has been given the green light to use plainclothes enforcement officers on streetcars. These spy-like officers will ride the rails covertly and watch for those who they believe haven’t paid their fare.

    Here’s how it seems it will work: the incognito officer will keep an eye out for one or perhaps more potential fare evaders — even though the suspects might well have a transfer tucked away in one of their pockets — who get on a streetcar via the backdoor. If, and when a uniformed officer comes aboard and asks one of these “potential fare evaders” for transfer and he/she says something like, “I was going to pay but I couldn’t figure out how,” in hope of getting off with a warning, the covert officer would come forward and say that that just wasn’t true, that he/she had been watching — might even have the whole event on video. A $235 fine might then be issued.

    The article goes on to say that the TTC could hire an additional 20 inspectors for $2 million per year — that’s $100,000 per officer. And with this effort they could recoup about $600,000 or roughly 25 per cent of what they’ve spent.

    The entire story just goes from crazy to crazier. The TTC needs to stop this once and for all. All passengers should enter streetcars via the front door where they would pay, validate their Presto card or show their transfer. When it’s time to disembark, each and every one of them should do this via the backdoor. On at the front, off at the back. The Better Way.

 

Jack Drury, Toronto

 

( Keep an eye on scofflaw Renerdra Bannerjee for starters  )

 

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Toronto Star  —  January  1

 

No to Cap and Trade

 

Thank you, Lorrie Goldstein, for highlighting problems with the cap-and-trade program between California, Quebec and Ontario and supporting carbon fee and dividend previously (“Ontario leads the way to carbon pricing hell,” Dec. 15). You might be interested in recent developments in California. It should be noted that in September, 2016, legislators in California passed AJR 43, a joint resolution urging the federal government to enact a revenue-neutral tax on carbon-based fossil fuels and return revenue from the tax back to middle and low-income households. The REMI study commissioned by CCL USA predicts that, after 10 years, carbon fee and dividend would lead to a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions of 33%, an increase in national employment of 2.1 million jobs, and provide an average monthly dividend for a family of four of $288. Furthermore, there are questions about the long-term viability of California’s cap-and-trade program. In August, the Democrat-controlled legislature approved a new target to reduce emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, but did not include approval for the post-2020 cap and trade plan. Now that there will be a national carbon price in Canada and that California is reconsidering cap and trade, Ontario should look to California’s example and embrace carbon fee and dividend and rethink cap-and-trade.

 

Cathy Orlando, Sudbury Ontario

( Why not a "Yarmulke and Trade" ? )

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Toronto Star  —  December 31

 

Trump 2016
 

    Your editorial about truth is rich, given how your paper relentlessly pounded Donald Trump during his campaigns. Your opinion and factual reporting were so unashamedly biased against him that you, with your collegial U.S. newspapers, have had to endure a month of criticism from a few unsleeping media critics.

    Of course, you know that this will pass, as you begin to reposition your paper for a long, persistent battering of the Trump administration.

    Your paper has succeeded in undoing decades of trust and truth. God help us if you convince the Canadian government to taxpayer-fund your newspaper.

    I hope your editorial leadership has sufficient self-insight to recognize and begin to remediate these destructive habits of bias.

 

Philip Dabous, Toronto

( Do you take the time to read the drivel you write, Phil? )

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Toronto Star  —  December 18

 

Obama's Outrage

So U.S. President Barack Obama vows retaliation on Russia for its suspected meddling in the U.S. election process. His outrage would be more believable if the Americans didn’t have a long history of themselves interfering in the government of other nations: in the overthrow of Iran’s president Mossadegh to replace him with the Shah, the ouster in Chile of Allende in favor of the dictator Pinochet, and the failed coup against Chavez in Venezuela, to say nothing of pouring millions into Nicaragua to influence an election there.

Oh yeah, there’s Iraq, where they first supported and then eliminated Saddam Hussein.

 

Ab Dukacz, Mississauga, Ontario

( One more month of Obama and then . . .  )

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Toronto Star  —  December 18

 

No Refugees Plan
 

    Let’s face it, when the Trudeau government rushed in 35,000 Syrian refugees it was all about fulfilling its election promise and showing itself more compassionate than the previous government. There was never a long-term plan to deal with the massive influx, as they were shuttled around the country. There was an immediate and urgent problem finding adequate housing, as affordable housing is a scarce commodity in all major urban centers where the refugees ended up.

    Now that the Trudeau government has reaped the kudos and publicity it is ready to pass the financial burden off to the province’s, already stretched funding housing, providing education and language training.

Surely, when such massive intakes are planned in the future, to better accommodate refugees, the federal government will do a much better coordinating with the provinces, which end up being ultimately responsible.

 

Larry Comeau, Ottawa

( Canada needs to build a wall on its eastern and western borders. Let The Donald show us how )

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Toronto Star  —  December 13

 

Canada's "Justice System Integrity"

Re: Brampton man guilty of sex assault flees to Pakistan, Dec. 9

    It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that when the same convict is granted bail and manages to flee to his native Pakistan on two separate occasions in 2010 and 2016, then a few changes to our justice system should become an immediate priority.

    Moazzam Tariq’s ability to escape justice might be easily traced to a system-wide failure involving the Canadian Police Information Centre’s (CPIC) failure to update its database and a breakdown in communications between two separate jurisdictions in Peel region and Toronto.

    Although there are a few other twists to this story involving fake passports, we do know that the rape victim has been denied her right to justice. How many other convicted criminals have fled to other countries while being on bail, parole, or probation?

    The integrity of our justice system is at stake and it is incumbent on our leaders to ensure that it be held in high esteem.

 

Robert Ariano, Scarborough. Ontario

( As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be . . .  )

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Toronto Star  —  December 12

 

Left Field Views on Castro

 

    Canada has maintained diplomatic relations with Cuba since 1945. We continued doing so through the years 1952 through 1958 when Cuba was ruled by Fulgencio Batista, a military person who overthrew a democratically elected government. When Fidel Castro overthrew Batista, Canada did not hesitate to recognize the new government.

    Diplomatic relations represent a mutual symbolic respect of the peoples of the two countries. From 1945 to the present, Canadians have had no cause to find fault with Cubans, and the reverse is true. The facts that Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau developed a friendship with President Fidel Castro and that President Castro was a pallbearer at Prime Minister Trudeau’s funeral are interesting, but the key element in diplomatic relations is the mutual respect of the two peoples.

    This story was an “opinion piece” by Rosie DiManno, a very long piece that carried on to the second page under the headline, “Fidel’s dark legacy survives” and which ended with the phrase “And damn his eternal soul.”

The Star is Canada’s largest circulation newspaper. As such, it comes very close to speaking for Canadians. Ms DiManno is welcome to her opinions, but I believe the Star has insulted the Cuban people by putting her opinions on the front page at a time when they have just lost their leader of over 50 years. Sovereign countries have a right to determine their own path. And each country’s people have a natural tendency to admire and even love their leaders, especially at the time of their death.

    To allow one non-Cuban person to tell Canada what the Cubans who live in Cuba – and they are the overwhelming majority of Cubans—are thinking about Fidel Castro is incredibly presumptuous, and simply not right.

 

    Wayne Robbins, Toronto

(There are times when Rosie should keep keep opinions to herself )

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Toronto Star  —  December 8

 

Rights Want Publicity
 

    The Star has become fixated with Kellie Leitch, particularly the last eight days when four articles were reported that have included full pictures of her. I have asked many people and no one is able to name one person other than Ms Leitch of the 10 running for the Conservative leadership. You have chosen not to cover them (even though they might also have controversial views).

    The Star is playing such a huge role in building her profile with such extensive coverage. Grossly unfair to the other candidates and such an abuse of the power of the press. This is exactly what happened in the U.S. with   Trump, especially in the primaries.

 

Quite simply, stop such undeserved coverage or at least start giving other candidates equal time. Please don’t use the excuse that “we are reporting the news.” You are shaping it!

 

John Vale, Toronto


( Virtually every media outlet attempts to “shape” the news )

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Toronto Star  —  December 8

 

Denunciation of BDS Wrongheaded

Re: MPPs vote to denounce BDS movement, which targets Israel, Dec. 1

    If, as an act of peaceful protest, you choose not to invest in Israel or buy Israeli products, as of Thursday, Dec. 1, you have been condemned as an anti-Semite by the Ontario Legislature 49-5.   

    The boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement is a peaceful, non-violent movement that seeks to put pressure on Israel to end its senseless occupation and uphold international law with respect to its treatment of Palestinians. It has hundreds of Jewish supporters across the country, including me, as well as a national Jewish organization, Independent Jewish Voices, that expressly supports it. Are we all anti-Semites?          Gila Martow, the Conservative MPP who put forward the motion to condemn BDS, was elected to represent the riding of Thornhill. I don’t recall her being elected to represent the Jewish people. That she or the overwhelmingly non-Jewish Ontario legislature should be passing a motion that calls me and other Jewish — and non-Jewish — people of conscience anti-Semites is, quite frankly, offensive.

Jason Kunin, Toronto

( You know that an anti-Semite is just someone “the Jews” don't like  )

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Tor
 

History will judge Castro? No, now that he is dead, God will judge! Other than some revisionist historians, history has already judged Castro as a murderous thug who, by any measure, inflicted more pain and suffering on his island nation and its people then, Batista, the autocrat he replaced.

 

Mark Glatt, Toronto

 

( Millions of Canadian and European vacationers disagree with you )

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Toronto Sun  —  December 2

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Toronto Star  —  December 1

 

Mainstream Media Important?
Journalist Christiane Amanpour’s address last week to the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York is extremely relevant. The need for the mainstream media to re-commit to an unwavering role in delivering pure facts is more important now than ever.

Some news outlets may have been more committed to delivering facts than others. So it’s up to readers, viewers and listeners to decide where they get their information.

But too many, it seems, have relied over the past year or more on social media. Donald Trump aside, this has been a very dangerous trend. And dwindling ratings/circulation and news coverage budgets have not helped.

The media have always been under attack from one source or other, but never to the degree that we’re seeing now. And it’s not only from Trump. While re-dedicating themselves to ever-higher standards, media will now have to reinvent themselves to deal with what social media is pumping out in the form of fake news (to which Trump has been just one major contributor).

    Some social media may also have learned some lessons from this and may have accepted responsibility, as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently acknowledged.

    Amanpour asked a very good question off the top. What would Ed Murrow do? Fifty-one years after his death, the iconic CBS newsman is still regarded by a (admittedly-dwindling) number of reporters as a leading light in truthful, gutsy, advocacy journalism. He took on an earlier narcissist sociopath in the 1950s by the name of McCarthy – and won. Joe McCarthy self-destructed within months.

    Nobody – doubtless including himself – knows what will happen with a Trump presidency. As we know, he’s already reversed himself on several issues, probably thanks to prevailing wisdom that has eked its way through to the Trump Tower. He may, in fact, moderate his attitude about mainstream media, as well. Who knows?

    But the same media are going to have to figure out how to deal with this guy in, one hopes, some constructive way. And Trump will be forever totally unpredictable.

    Amanpour’s warnings are critically important at this worrisome time. She has articulated the urgency of the message better than we’ve heard from anyone else to date.

Ian Sutton, Kingston, Ontario

( Media liars ain't needed — Yes, we know there ain't no such word as 'ain't' )

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Toronto Star  —  November 30

 

Tolls' Consequences


    Come on, fellow commuters on the DVP and Gardiner Expressway. What’s the beef? Where else in Toronto can you park for an hour for $2.00?

 

A. King, Sharon Ontario
 

( There ARE places — you just have to know where to look for them )

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Toronto Sun  —  November 30

 

Big Oops

    Trudeau made a big mistake. He backpedalled. Pierre would have never done that. The emphasis in the fifth estate has been on the word “dictator.” I ask this question: What’s the difference between a dictator, a tyrant, a communist, a despot, a totalitarian, or a CEO, or cult leader, Jim Jones, or Hussein, Hitler, Stalin, Kennedy, Castro, the Dalai Lama, and Ghandi? All leaders. All charismatic. Some aggressive. Some passive. Some revered. Some despised. As far as I’m concerned, Castro had to adopt some appearance of his tyrannical predecessor, Batista, to not upset the country’s dynamic — but he introduced some communist theory from each according to their ability, to each according to their need. And he maintained that (unlike other communist regimes). In retrospect, do you think any resident Cuban is complaining about a 98% literacy? Better than Canada or the U.S. Do you think they are complaining about health care, which has a higher ratio of doctors to patients, again, than Canada and the U.S. Screw all the political rhetoric and media. A man died. He’s the same dust now that we will turn into — and hopefully, we will all be remembered for something.

 

Alan Hilts

(Just cremate all corpses and scatter the ashes to the winds where they'll eventually end up anyway)

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Toronto Star  —  November 29

 

Pope Hypocritical

Re: Pope decries virus of polarization, Nov. 20

    The Pope’s energies would be better spent on condemning nations that perform sex-selective abortions  on  a regular basis, because the fetus is female, than to attack individual women.  Or perhaps his attention could be directed towards the “sin” of child sexual abuse by certain clerics  or the prevalence of child marriage in certain cultures?

    And to say that priests could “forgive” women is laughable, and ignores the role of men in these situations.      The whole discussion is tiresome.

    And by the way, “God” performs abortions on a regular basis — they’re called miscarriages.

 

Diane Sullivan, Toronto

 

( Hey Papa! You no play the game, you no make a d a rules! )

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Toronto Star  —  November 28

 

Just A Costume Party
 

Re: Revelry or Racism? Nov. 24

Looks like it was a fabulous party. Last time I checked, transgressing cultural norms by dressing up in silly, over-the-top outfits is the whole point of a costume party. Otherwise, why bother?

The only appropriate response to Queen’s University’s self-appointed, pearl-clutching, hyperventilating, puritanical, fun-hating, finger-wagging, overbearing, student bullying, PC Volkspolizei, who seem to get their jollies by taking faux offence at an ever-lengthening list of ostensibly verboten transgressions, mostly imaginary, is to tell them, as impolitely as possible, to go *$#@ themselves.

 

They have no business sticking their uninvited, disjointed noses into a private, off-campus party, even if everyone there had shown up, ironically of course, dressed in sheets as Ku Klux Klan members.

What’s next on their totalitarian agenda: arresting Mr. Dressup for hate crimes?

 

Edward Ozog, Brantford Ontario

 

( *$#@ — are you trying to say "fuck"? )

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Toronto Star  —  November 27

 

Carding
 

Re: Carding not about safety but more about control, Opinion Nov. 24

    My best friend for years and I are both in the same age range and have both lived in Toronto and both worked in the same company for the past 20-plus years. We both have families and neither have a criminal record. The primary difference between us is quite simple: I have never been stopped by police to ask me my business and he has.

    Naturally, it only takes a minute to figure out that he is black and I am white.  Please explain the value of the carding system.

 

Dave Durand, Calgary

 

( No doubt you oppose profiling as well?

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Toronto Sun  —  November 26

 

The Alt. Right and Ford Nation

Re: Signs in Toronto urge white people to join ‘alt-right’.

    Marilyn May is correct in asserting that these fringe racist groups are emboldened by the attention such beliefs have received in the press with the ascent of Donald Trump and right-wing xenophobia in the U.S.

Before we get too smug; we should reflect on the fanaticism displayed by our own Rob Ford and the so-called Ford Nation. While that issue was not racist, it was a reflection of the resentment of certain groups against what they considered the elites in downtown Toronto, or the fringes versus the center.

    There will always be tribalism among humans and, on a smaller scale, this gives a sense of belonging and coherence in many groups. When it becomes confrontational, it is dangerous and inimical to the public peace.

In times of rapid technological and social change, we experience high levels of personal and social stress, no matter how comfortable and safe we might be compared to our forefathers.

    It is interesting to note that the support of radical Trumpism has a religious twist. Christians, in particular, feel threatened and scared by the apparent incursion of other, foreign faiths or from those who have no faith at all.

    I’m not sure Jesus would have approved.

 

Sigmund Roseth, Mississauga , Ontario

 

( It's ALWAYS 'bout Jeebus, isn't it, Siggy!

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Toronto Sun  —  November 24

 

What's In A Name?

Re “Team logos called racist” (Jenny Yuen, Nov. 22):

     I can perhaps understand how reference to specific tribes might offend, but I am really confused about the complaint regarding the name “Indians.” Don’t our aboriginal communities reject the term “Indian” and want to be called First Nations? Or are they taking exclusive ownership of “Indian” and at the same time calling it unacceptable? And lastly, are people from India offended? I’ve never heard of any complaining there. The rules regarding the etiquette, let alone legalities of names, is certainly a minefield!

Lori Crank, Oakville Ontario

( India Indians are more concerned about being identified by their "religion" than nationality )

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Toronto Sun  —  November 22

 

Can the Rhetoric
 

Re “Donald gives Hamilton bad revue” (Bloomberg, Nov. 20):
    I was very surprised to read that the cast of the play Hamilton felt they had the need or the right to make public their political views to the vice-president elect at the end of the play. These people are actors who think everyone wants to hear their views — just because they happen to be in a hit play does not give them the right to criticize the future Trump administration. I agree with Mr. Trump that they should apologize for their actions. If a pro football, hockey or baseball player were to make such statements, they would be spoken to by their management and told any more outbursts and they will be suspended or fined, etc. This is not part of what these actors are contracted to do. Once the play has run its course, no one will remember these actors or care what they think. This was not the time nor the place for this type of statement — people were there to see a play, not listen to political statements.

 

Kerry Brock, Mississauga Ontario

( The cast should be happy with the free publicity  )

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Toronto Star  —  November 22

 

Free Trade's Down Side

Re: Canada and Mexico on same page in NAFTA approach, Nov. 7

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed his views on free trade, stating it has brought millions of dollars into Canada. I wonder where has this money brought into Canada gone?

News media state that child poverty is on the rise, with one in five living in poverty, and our health care system seems to be in trouble.

    Free trade has lured our manufacturing companies with lower wages and looser environmental laws out of the county. Replacing domestically manufactured goods with foreign made goods at perhaps a lower price, but value wise, lower quality (more expensive in the long run when items are replaced).

    We have a county rich in resources and manufacture high quality goods. We should get rid of these free trade deals. There will always be a market around the world for our raw materials, agricultural produce and high quality manufactured goods.

 

Bob Hunter, Cobourg Ontario

 ( The Donald is on the case )

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National Post  —  November 21

 

All About Trump
    Donald Trump brings to the presidency a sense of what most U.S. citizens want: a small government that does its job with minimal interference to the taxpayer. While he may have an objectionable personality and some undesirable objectives, nevertheless he will be surrounded by advisers who will dampen his wilder enthusiasms.
    I was once told by a senior U.S. Army officer that the smartest guy in a formation is not the commanding general, it is his deputy, who must be able to execute sensibly the orders, good and bad, issued by his superior. I suspect that Trump will choose that kind of support.

Charles Hooker, East Garafraxa, Ont.

( What exactly do you find "objectionable" about the Donald's personality? )

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Globe and Mail  —  November 21

 

Trump's Inner Circle

Re Stephen Bannon Is Not The Real Problem (editorial, Nov. 17):
    I am coming to the conclusion that the reason Mr. Trump wants his son-in law as part of the inner circle is that he realizes that he is in over his head and needs someone he can confide in who is as loyal as he can get.

    I can’t recall any event Mr. Trump spoke at without a teleprompter where he actually put two coherent sentences together. The world has a real problem, and you have identified it.

 

David Vallance, Toronto

(Bannon just LOOKS like a biker thug — he's really a teddy bear )

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Toronto Sun  —  November 18

Left=Wing?
 

    Your reporting of Toronto politics and Canadian politics tends to be conservative, but your resources for news outside of Canada comes from liberal left-wing news sources. Washington Post, Associated Press all were very anti-Trump — that is why you missed what happened in America and will now spread around the world. The rich elites and progressives can be beaten, even if they have media support.

 

George Seraganian, Toronto

( You really think people read the Toronto Sun “around the world” ? ? ?  )

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Toronto Star  —  November 18

 

City Hall's Poverty Problem
 

Re: ‘We are so close and yet so far,’ Nov. 14

    This story reported on child poverty in Toronto, as documented in the Divided City Report. Have our politicians accepted responsibility for this sorry state of affairs?

The report indicated that 133,000 children in Toronto have something in common with each other: they all live in poverty – that’s 26.8 per cent of children in Toronto. That is more than in Montreal (25 per cent); Winnipeg (24.1 per cent) and Hamilton (20.6 per cent). How is this possible in a city that is both progressive and affluent?

    For years we have known about the deep economic and geographic divides that have existed in Toronto – and especially here in Scarborough. A map published in the Star on Monday shows that only one small area east of Victoria Park Ave. has a child poverty rate of less than 12 per cent. Only one! The map also shows that vast areas of Scarborough have child poverty rates of between 22 and 40 per cent. Are the councilors from Scarborough outraged?

    City hall, we have a problem!

It seems that there are always priorities that rise higher in the minds of the decision and budget makers than taking care of their neighbors, and making life better for families who struggle with insufficient incomes.

The Star quoted Michael Polanyi as saying: “Going into the 2017 budget, we’re seeing talk of up to $600 million in spending reductions on these very programs and services that we found that children don’t have good enough access to.”

    The good news is that the problem of poverty in Toronto can be fixed. An Nov. 29, 2015 article in the Star by Richard Florida, of the Martin Prosperity Institute, talked about how to repair this divided city. As one of our leading thinkers, he described how to increase equity among the citizens of our city. The plan is available. It can be done. Is anyone listening?

    My question is: whose responsibility is it to provide the moral and political leadership to reduce this totally unacceptable level of child poverty in Toronto?

 

Allan Baker, Scarborough Ontari

 

 ( Workfare, not welfare — get the lazy bums off their asses and out of the sleazy coffee shops )

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Toronto Sun  —  November 17

 

Nats Have It

Isn’t it ironic that the Trump campaign team spent more dollars on red ball caps with their simple slogan inscribed “Make America Great Again” than they did on TV and radio ads and they still defeated Hillary, who spent millions of dollars on traditional ads. How genius was that? After all, what is more symbolic of the blue-collar demographic than a ball cap? Talk about a great subliminal ad to the masses on a shoe-string budget — without the assistance of media, newspapers, radio ads and limited celebrity endorsements — and it worked. I rarely saw Trump on the campaign trail without that red ball cap, in complete contrast to Hillary and her hideous $14,000 Giorgio Armani outfits. Goes to show how out of touch the Clinton team was with blue-collar folk, law enforcement, military, sports-minded fans, and small and medium business owners. The true backbone of America. Love Trump or hate Trump, he masterminded the greatest presidential campaign KO in American history.

Paul Keetch  Thorold, Ontario

( And the hats were made in China by Mr. Kim, shouting enthusiastically, “Let's go, child labor force!” — not by Hilldog's dreary speeches excoriating workers to labor harder for less ) )

 

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Toronto Sun  —  November 17

 

C'mon Andy!

 

Re Donato cartoon Nov. 16:
Enough already, Andy

    We love your work, but Trump won fair and square and now it’s time to give his team, including Bannon, a chance to prove itself. That Hitler connotation is terribly harsh.

Christopher Robinson, Burlington Ontario

 ( With all due respect Bannon looks like a biker thug with that jacket and all . . .  )

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Don't call me an elitist

Re “Leave Canada out of this, U.S.” (Editorial, Nov. 15):
    I am a Canadian, but please don’t include me as part of your “we.” Because I’m not. I have liberal values but I respect people with conservative views. You should respect people with liberal views as well. ElitistsWhere do you come up with garbage like that?

Mark Edson, Toronto

(When racists earn respect, perhaps they'll get it )

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    Here’s an idea the jail system might like to ease the pain of solitary confinement. Every solitary cell to be fitted with hangman’s noose over a trap door that leads to the sewer, with a convenient button, within reach of the noose, to open the door. Maybe put a five-minute delay between the button and the trap door, so jail staff can come to watch and enjoy.

 

Andy Turnbull, Toronto

( Self serve executions . . . no executioner required . . . brilliant! )

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Toronto Star  —  November 14

 

CSIS Revelations Shocking
 

    Quebec’s provincial police (Surete du Quebec) was recently exposed spying on several journalists – so much for “freedom of the press” and “the principle of privacy” in Canada.

    Government spying on civilians, including reporters and journalists, is a very serious violation of our human rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – S.2, “the right to freedom of expression and opinion,” and probably a violation of S.7, “the right to life, liberty and security of the person.”

    You are not “paranoid” or “mentally ill” to believe the state is watching you, tapping your phone, or hacking and reading your computer emails.

    Orwell was absolutely right; so is Edward Snowden. You’ve been alerted and warned.

 

Don Weitz, Toronto

( As Ozzy Osbourne sang, "Paranoia will destroy ya!” )

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Globe and Mail  —  November 12

 

Shaken and Stirred

Re James Bond Was Right (Life & Arts, Nov. 9):

    Writer Eric Velland states that “martinis are stirred, not shaken.” That may be the preferred method of certain elites to ensure clarity of the liquid; however, James Bond was quite specific that his martinis were to be “shaken, not stirred.”

    But with the results of the U.S. election we face uncertain times and a martini is most welcome – whether shaken or stirred. Please make mine a double.

 

Vic Bornell, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

( Just lay off the doubles Vic, you old lush, and you'll be okay! )

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Toronto Sun  —  November 12

 

Well Done, America

Kudos to the American electorate for not supporting more of the same corruption, lies, deceit, a non-existent foreign policy and a failing economy. The smug Canadians who looked down their collective noses and laughed at the prospect of Trump as president can now go about their day knowing that the “deplorables” have had their say and have risen up to say enough is enough. The “irredeemables” have said, “no more”. The Republicans now have control of the House and Senate and can start the long process of undoing the carnage that Obama and Clinton have saddled that country with. Trump’s tagline of “make America great again” resonated with voters who want less government interference in their lives, less debt, lower taxes, and a protected border. All simple concepts that put the onus back onto the people to direct their own lives with less reliance on government to be everything to all people. Here in Ontario, we blindly accept the status quo of the McGuinty/Wynne government with all its lies, deceit and political corruption by having awarded it a majority government. Totally irrational! Maybe people here should take the time to read and investigate beyond the sound bites and rhetoric they get from the left-wing, elitist media. The Liberals and progressives have their own agenda which does not represent the will of the people. There seems to be overwhelming grief about the state of our province and folks must stand up and be counted in 2018!

Richard Roher, Thornhill Ontario

( The USA is a country . . . Ontario is a province )

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Toronto Sun  —  November 10

 

Glass Ceiling

    Bye, bye, Hillary! Don’t bump your head on the glass ceiling when you leave — but if you do, just look upon it as a Trump, er, bump in the road.

Roger Lewis, Brampton Ontario

( Many suspect she already bumped her head a little too hard . . . Can you say “concussion"

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Toronto Star  —  November 10

 

Questions on Peacekeeping
 

    Last week the Star ran a series of articles on Canada’s peacemaking options in Africa and quoted both Justin Trudeau and Romeo Dallaire as saying that these missions must offer more than military might. Yet there were no specifics about non-military options.

    Similarly, the government’s recent cross-country public consultations on defence policy and cyber security only focused on militarized options.

    What can be made of Canadian peacekeeping when Canada increases its direct military involvement in Iraq and in the NATO exercises up to the Russian border, as Canada is now No. 6 in worldwide arms sales ($15 billion sales to Saudi Arabia), with the Trudeau government further watering down of weapons export regulations?

    How can the public evaluate peacekeeping when they are not informed that Canada just voted against the UN Open Ended Working Group resolution to eliminate nuclear weapons?

There’s much more to know. Dallaire’s man in Rwanda, Paul Kagame, is greatly responsible for the Congo genocide that left at least 6 million fatalities. UN peacekeeping is fraught with abuse and Canada has so far been silent: impunity around infecting post-earthquake Haiti with cholera and its toll of at least 10,000 deaths, UN Peacekeepers’ interference in Haiti’s democratic elections, the lack of accountability for child sexual abuse in the Central African Republic, Sudan, and Haiti.

    Fortunately, voices within the UN point to non-military interventions, like protecting women, rebuilding infrastructure and local economies. Recall that particularly in Africa, public education and public health were destroyed by the International Monetary Fund demanding elimination of most public services in order to pay off high-interest debt that was incurred by dictators buying weapons.

    The Canadian public needs to know that African wars and poverty are largely caused by a long history of Western exploitation, looting, ravaging the continent of its people and resources.

    The Star articles point to Canada’s wish to be a rotating member of the UN Security Council. Lest we forget, the prior rejection of Canada’s bid was attributed to Canada’s lone veto of a UN Human Rights Council call for a ceasefire in Israel’s 2009 attack on Gaza.

    What should peacekeeping really look like?

 

Judith Deutsch, Toronto

( Aging old hippies in drum circles singing "Cumbaya? )

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Toronto Star  — November 7

 

The US will never be the same

Re: America votes, Nov. 7

    Regardless of the results, the good ole U.S.A. will never be the same. With people talking of revolt if the election does not go their way, I trust all this recent negativity does not spread to Canada, and pray it does not!

Bill Fox, Oshawa, Ontario
( Big wimp)

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Toronto Star  — November 7

 

Staying Out of the Congo
 

RE; Why we stayed out of Congo, Oct. 29

    It seems like we are considering going into a virtual hellhole. What could possibly not go wrong in a place like Congo, which has around $24 trillion in untapped mineral reserves, but which is in almost total chaos? And qui bono?

    First, the federal Liberals, who are chasing shiny baubles (like a seat on the UN Security Council). Second, the military-industrial complex, which is behind undeclared, perpetual wars (aka “extended military engagements”) in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. And third, the military itself, which is “always keen to deploy, no matter what.”

    If there is no peace to keep, then this is an unfortunate fact. But let’s face it: If we send troops to Africa, it’s for mixed motives at best.

 

Tobi Baumhard, King City, Ontario

( Too many Negroes, maybe? )

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Toronto Star  — November 3

(Sick Seinfeld society morality)

I posit that both the Star editorial and David Honigsberg letter have it wrong. On March 13, 1980, John Wayne Gacy Jr., known as the “Killer Clown,” was executed for the serial killings between 1972 and 1978 of at least 33 teenage boys and young men in Cook County, Ill. Of these victims, 26 were found buried under his house and four elsewhere on his property.

Gacy was well known in the community as “Pogo the Clown” at parades, hospitals, senior homes and other charitable venues. Gacy’s case made headlines around the world.

I certainly have been leery of “clowns” in whatever circumstance ever since the Gacy case came to light in the late 1970s.

Peter Krysmanski, Oakville, ON 

( The question must be asked ‘what were a bunch of cute teenage boys doing hanging around with a creepy old clown like Gacy anyway? )

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Toronto Star  — November 7

 

Staying Out of the Congo
 

RE; Why we stayed out of Congo, Oct. 29

    It seems like we are considering going into a virtual hellhole. What could possibly not go wrong in a place like Congo, which has around $24 trillion in untapped mineral reserves, but which is in almost total chaos? And qui bono?

    First, the federal Liberals, who are chasing shiny baubles (like a seat on the UN Security Council). Second, the military-industrial complex, which is behind undeclared, perpetual wars (aka “extended military engagements”) in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. And third, the military itself, which is “always keen to deploy, no matter what.”

    If there is no peace to keep, then this is an unfortunate fact. But let’s face it: If we send troops to Africa, it’s for mixed motives at best.

 

Tobi Baumhard, King City, Ontario

( Too many Negroes, maybe? )

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Toronto Star  — November 3

(Sick Seinfeld society morality)

I posit that both the Star editorial and David Honigsberg letter have it wrong. On March 13, 1980, John Wayne Gacy Jr., known as the “Killer Clown,” was executed for the serial killings between 1972 and 1978 of at least 33 teenage boys and young men in Cook County, Ill. Of these victims, 26 were found buried under his house and four elsewhere on his property.

Gacy was well known in the community as “Pogo the Clown” at parades, hospitals, senior homes and other charitable venues. Gacy’s case made headlines around the world.

I certainly have been leery of “clowns” in whatever circumstance ever since the Gacy case came to light in the late 1970s.

Peter Krysmanski, Oakville, On 

( The question must be asked ‘ what were a bunch of cute teenage boys doing hanging around with a creepy old clown like Gacy anyway? )

 

 

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