Kudos to Justin Trudeau for his honesty (So Trudeau Smoked Pot. At Least He’s Honest – Aug. 23).
Let’s be clear here. If he had been less than honest, the election campaign of 2015 would have flushed it out for sure. And what amount of ink would have been spilled then?
Smoking marijuana is certainly not the greatest evil we can come up with. It’s always a good idea to put things into its proper perspective.
P.S.: I am not a pot smoker and never have been.
Armida Spada McDougall, Vancouver
It is amazing how we minimize and rationalize society’s illegalities to suit our own consciences. When Mr. Trudeau smoked pot, it was illegal.
Anyone can Google the harms of marijuana use and find pages of the adverse effects, especially to the brain. The discussion to legalize marijuana should be done in full clarity of mind – not after a joint has been smoked.
Jack Smith, Calgary
Conservative condemnation of Mr. Trudeau’s having smoked pot is facile at best, total hypocrisy at worst. It’s like these politicians are blowing, well … smoke.
Tony Hoffmann, Toronto
I wonder how many of the people bashing Mr. Trudeau have a glass of wine now and then? There really is no difference but for the drug of choice.
Dave Dunham, Surrey, B.C.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Justin Trudeau’s pot smoking speaks for itself.
Guess what, Mr. Harper? So does proroguing Parliament.
Bill Johnson, Ashton, Ont.
Speaking of which
Last week, Lay’s announced it will begin producing perogy-flavoured potato chips. This was welcome news as we celebrated Ukrainian independence day this weekend, but we should also heed this cautionary tale.
The story goes like this. Just the other day, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was asking the Governor-General to approve a take-out order for Parliament.
The PM ordered perogies. But the opposition heard “proroguing,” and now it’s all over the media that he’s asked to prorogue Parliament (Talking Point – Aug. 24).
Nothing illegal here. So let the chips fall where they may. But also know that countries like Ukraine look to Canadian recipes for their own struggles with parliamentary democracy. Be worthy role models and the ripple will surely follow.
Steve Andrusiak, president, Ukrainian Canadian Congress
Maybe there’s a less drastic way to solve our Senate issue (Wallin’s Tab Is In, But Specifics Are Left Out – Aug. 23). Here it is: a general agreement by all parties not to appoint anyone else. Ever.
Let’s see: The average age of our senators is currently around 64, and they’re required to retire at 75. Yes, there are some 48-, 49- and 54-year-olds in there, but if we can wait 25 years or so, they’ll be down to a tiny handful staring at each other across the Red Chamber. Last one standing turns out the lights.
Gordon Findlay, Toronto
No harm done
Travelling in India years ago, I was sick as could be, but was fortunate to have an anesthesiologist with our group. At one point, to determine the cause of my illness, the doctor was forced to make an incision in my lower back. She kept apologizing profusely, saying that, as an anesthesiologist, she was “used to making people feel less pain, not more.”
It surprises me to see an anesthesiologist writing in to object to his involvement in euthanasia (Do No Harm – letters, Aug. 23). As someone whose job it is to relieve and prevent pain, you would think an anesthesiologist would be a perfect candidate for doctor-assisted euthanasia.
Tess LaPensée, Peterborough, Ont.
It would be a terrible thing to ask doctors to assist in euthanasia. It is, after all, a legal question and lawyers are the natural ones to undertake the function.
Hugh Jones, Toronto
One of Friday’s letters (Not Putinesque? – Aug. 23) asks why people feel urgency to advertise their religious convictions since it’s assumed to be linked to a desire to convert or impress others.
For many, though, including me, a different motivation can explain our actions: Our religious garb is a means to remember we are never alone. Honestly, it’s easy for me, as a liberal, observant Jew, to feel naked and vulnerable without my kippah atop my head as a reminder that God is always with me, no matter where life leads me any given day.
Amy Soule, Hamilton
A recent letter by the British High Commissioner (Staying British – Aug. 19) offers only the British view on the Malvinas question. The islands Britain calls the Falklands were discovered by the Magellan’s expedition and remained under the control of Spanish authorities. After 1810, the Malvinas were considered by Argentina to be an integral part of the territory inherited from Spain. In 1833, the British Navy forcefully expelled the legitimate Argentine authorities and population.
In 1965, the United Nations General Assembly characterized the matter as a special and particular colonial situation involving a sovereignty dispute between Argentina and the United Kingdom that must be settled by negotiations. That call for talks has been continuously disregarded by the U.K.
March’s “referendum” was organized by British people, for British people, for the purpose of asserting that the disputed territory has to remain British. Its predictable outcome will not end the sovereignty dispute.
José Néstor Ureta, chargé d’affaires, Argentine embassy, Ottawa
Missing from TransCanada, Enbridge Square Off Over Toronto-Area Pipeline (Aug. 19) was how Ontario may be overcome by a flood of fracked gas.
Fracking involves the injection of massive amounts of water and unidentified chemicals underground to create fractures, bringing natural gas to the surface. The controversial technique depletes and contaminates water.
Natural gas has been sold as a bridge fuel to green energy. But fracked gas will have us walking the plank to climate disaster. New research shows the carbon footprint of fracked gas is just as bad, if not worse, than coal.
Increased imports of fracked gas also put Ontarians’ energy security at risk. As more jurisdictions ban fracking, fracked gas will become scarcer and more expensive.
Meanwhile TransCanada’s Energy East project may jeopardize access to Western Canadian conventional natural gas. It’s time to say no to fracking and no to Energy East.
Andrea Harden-Donahue, energy and climate campaigner, Council of Canadians, Ottawa
Let’s take the conversation on how digital culture affects the way we think, learn and live, and add dying to the discussion (A Break From Technology – Life & Arts, Aug. 23). I’ve decided my obituary will consist of just one word: “deleted.”
Barb Sullivan, Windsor, N.S.