Letters to the Editor, October 1, 2022

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DIET
Re “Los Angeles school district castigated after claiming food culture is based on oppression” (Denette Wilford, September 15): Talking about food and food is a great idea to foster healthy relationships with nutrition. As a teenager, I believe appropriate exposure like this can spark a conversation about eating habits. Frankly, I find it ironic that videos like this are released by schools when all they serve in the cafeteria is junk food or overpriced healthy food.

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Vatsala Adavikolanu
Ajax
(It is essential to learn from an early age the importance of a balanced diet and treats in moderation are acceptable)

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SYSTEM FAILURE
On “Lives ‘Forever Changed’” (Michele Mandel, September 24): The justice system in Ontario is not meeting the needs of Ontarians. In August 2018, a man driving 163 km/h in an 80 km/h zone was charged with the deaths of a mother, two children and a friend. Another girl and a passenger were seriously injured. In court after three and a half years, the driver was convicted of several offenses in January 2022. Sentencing is expected in November. Why a delay of 11 months to pronounce the sentence? No justice at all here.

Gordon Irvin
Oakville
(We need sentencing reform immediately)

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GREAT WONDER OF CROSSTOWN
The Great Pyramid of Giza and the Great Wall of China are great engineering achievements of the ancient past. However, the Great Wall was built over several centuries, while the Great Pyramid was built in 20 years. Fast forward to modern times – the first subway line in Toronto (Yonge) was launched in 1949 and completed in 5 years. The Crosstown line was launched in 2011 and is unlikely to be completed until 2024. This means Toronto residents and businesses will have experienced the multiple road closures, dust, etc. for over 13 years and some businesses have closed as a result. Having worked in aerospace where late aircraft deliveries resulted in hefty penalties (>$100,000), I would consider this project responsible to the Toronto taxpayer. While “the excuse of choice” is the pandemic, poor planning, etc. is the most likely cause of having one of the busiest roads in North America under a 13-year construction zone. I also believe that it is harder to find young workers who want to do the heavy lifting and less of the “real” skilled trades. Today we have the advantage of technology, the ancient Egyptians had manpower.

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Allan Leggate
Toronto
(It’s such a mess. It’s wreaked havoc on a significant part of our city for too long. Someone needs to be held accountable for this, but sadly, no one will)

GOOD INVESTMENT
In the midst of multiple global crises, good news is always welcome as a breath of fresh air. We can now celebrate that the Government of Canada on September 21 made a historic pledge of $1.21 billion to the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, so that no one is left behind. This commitment would not have been possible without the hard work of MPs and Senators. I want to thank my MP, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, for continuing his fight for global health and equality.

Andrea Gonzalez
Toronto
(Well said)

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