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Re Conservatives at a Crossroads (Opinion, 23 October): In the last election, the Conservatives lost my vote because of their extreme social policies. But in the last election, Erin O’Toole took my vote home, despite having to keep my nose on her vaccination position.
I am agnostic and believe in a just and just civilized society. I support our Charter of Rights and Freedoms and deplore the absence of a parallel charter of responsibilities and duties. My natural political home is the center right.
Canadian politics are currently at a critical juncture. To avoid slipping into the destructive polarization that we see elsewhere, we should soon come to our senses. I see Mr O’Toole’s position as a potentially catalytic opportunity to bring us back to a more balanced normalcy.
If he can bring his fundamentalist minority to heel, with a more pragmatic approach to social issues, people like me will gladly take their votes home.
Robert (Bob) askew Surrey, BC
As Red Tory entering its third act, I’ve seen this movie before. Social conservatives in Canada refuse to recognize a reality where Canada is not a socially conservative country.
A majority of people in Canada will never support a party that proposes restrictive abortion laws, unhindered gun laws, or any legislation that discriminates against LGBTQ, ethnic or religious minorities. Demanding any of these things, along with complete vaccine freedom, will likely ensure that the Conservatives never form government again.
Does that mean that there is no room in Canada for a fiscally conservative party? I sure hope not. The Conservatives must decide whether taming the Liberals is worth enough to put aside these lost causes.
Susanne Tristani Burlington, Ont.
Are the Conservatives not always in a Robert Frost situation, where they do not know which path to take or which way to follow?
They have formed more dissident and separate political entities than any other party. Liberals are still liberals, but conservatives are conservatives – or progressives, or reformers, or in some kind of alliance.
The party should take a page from Brian Mulroney’s book and dance with whoever brought you.
Douglas Cornwall Ottawa
How can Cowtown avoid becoming a ghost town? What Calgary Can Learn from Rust-Belt Cities (Advisory, October 23): Rollin Stanley’s ideas for improving downtown Calgary vacancy rates are good, but why not think bigger?
Instead of suggesting that the University of Calgary develop a school of petroleum research, universities and technological institutes in the province should be encouraged to create schools focused on research into alternative energy. Encourage collaboration between municipal, provincial and federal governments and industry to achieve the goal of making Alberta a world leader in alternative energy research, innovation and creation – instead of maintaining the “single” concentration on oil.
Rather than fear the impact of lost income and lost jobs in the oil industry, Alberta could use this time to turn to what we will need in the future – renewable energy. environmentally friendly, reliable and cost effective.
Cynthia rowden Toronto
Re Everyone Loves ESG, But We Can’t Ditch Fossil Fuels Now If We Are to Keep the Lights On (Business Report, October 23): Thirty-six years ago in Estevan, Sask., A bad cloud hovered over the city most days. Vehicles were often covered with a fine grain in the morning. Our coal plants scared me.
Fast forward to 2021, and I can assure everyone that the cloud is nonexistent. Scrubbers and precipitators helped remove harmful chemicals. In 2014, SaskPower implemented carbon capture technology on Unit 3, with plans to convert other units over time (which appear to be permanently on hold without federal approval).
I believe our zeal for anything “green” ignores the positive impact of carbon capture. We are heading in a direction that can leave us in the cold and the dark. We are a country that depends on basic electricity during peak hours in winter and summer.
Until green technology can reliably replace our current system, we should find reasonable ways to improve the use of fossil fuels. By the way, carbon capture is green.
Lynn chipley Estevan, Saskatchewan.
Regarding Conservation Officer Refusal to Kill (October 23): I applaud former Conservation Officer Bryce Casavant for taking a principled stand in not killing two cubs. Doing the right thing shouldn’t have had such devastating consequences for him.
Human activity is by far the main cause of habitat loss forcing wildlife to come close to us. The species which survive are then too often qualified as nuisances or dangers. Thousands of animals are killed each year. These actions are irreversible and have implications for the natural world for decades, if not centuries, to come.
Mr. Casavant’s story is an example of the need to reassess this paradigm. His experience should lead us to find sober and non-lethal solutions to the human and wildlife conflicts we create.
Kelly duffin Toronto
In a single Canadian province, “conservation officers” kill an average of almost two animals per day. It is clear to me that “conservation” is an incorrect description of their work.
Michael Enns Ottawa
It seems to me that the BC Conservation Service acts as if “conservation” applies to humans and their habitats, rather than wildlife and their habitats.
If its role is the first, this organization should be renamed “Animal Control”.
But if conservation is truly about wildlife, the policies, procedures, staff and training – and potentially applicable law – of the Conservation Service should be adjusted as necessary.
Helene MacLean Ottawa
Re Back In The Saddle (Opinion, October 23): I jumped into the unknown with my first riding lesson four years ago, at the age of 70.
Age-related fears of falling have been overtaken by the wonder of associating with a horse. I gulped voraciously learning anything about equine. In turn, I received the gifts of conscious nonverbal communication; to welcome horses into a herd as they gather to check me out; an equine companion to get through a COVID-19 winter; a summer job accompanying children who are having their first experience on horseback.
I regaled my friends and family with stories of horses and increased my comfort with all animals. Now another gift: to learn I am part of a community of which I am honored to be a part.
Rochelle thompson Muskoka Lakes, Ont.
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