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23rd of October 2018

Canada



Letters to the Editor, Sept. 23

GOOD JOB, DOUG

Thank you, Doug Ford, for showing us what a real leader is. Canada needs more politicians like you. You will always have my vote.

Cecil Lindo

Thornhill

(We have no doubt he will continue to work hard to earn your vote)

DAIRY HOSTAGE

Ahhh, my congratulations to Freeland and Trudeau. A jug of milk at the corner just went up to $6.25, from $6. As a senior, I say thank you for enabling a small, wealthy minority of dairy farmers to hold us hostage and profit handsomely.

Bill Vernon

(Sounds like things are even worse, doesn’t appear Canada is going to get a deal done anytime soon)

BUTT OUT

I am tired of being disgusted with all the cigarette butts that litter our sidewalks. They leach toxic chemicals into the environment and degrade very slowly. I am also saddened by all the fires caused by carelessly discarded lit butts. The problem is that although cigarettes are valuable, butts are worthless. What if we charged a deposit, say a toonie or a loonie, per pack of cigarettes. This would be redeemed on returning the butts. Now butts are mostly air, so they take up little space when crushed. People would manufacture “butt caddies” that would clip to backpacks, purses or even attach to cigarette packs. Many people would pick up butts on the street for the extra cash. People might think twice before tossing a lit butt behind them (it doesn’t bring good luck). Tobacco manufacturers/wholesalers would run the system. They would have to dispose of the butts in an environmentally responsible manner. If they just tossed them, people would ransack their trash and re-redeem the butts for more cash. The system would be revenue neutral for responsible consumers. If the manufacturers objected, we could point out the huge cost of paying people hourly rates to collect the butts. So a major source of litter would be gone and needy people would earn some cash. Win-win!

Moses Shuldiner

Toronto

(Interesting idea, but will it ever happen?)

BAD FORM

Re “Big game hunter defends slaughter of endangered animals” (Brad Hunter, Sept. 19): By nature it may sound contradictory for a hunter to claim that they are helping wildlife conservation efforts, but in truth there is somewhat of a point to be made if the hunter is seeking out invasive species. I’d like to raise the argument that in order to preserve certain ecosystems, the removal of invasive species would be beneficial, and so hunting these species would in fact be helping wildlife conservation efforts. However, with a few notable exceptions in America like rabbits, pythons, and boars, it’s unlikely that there are many invasive species that are the ideal prey for the typical hunter, especially since many of the world’s most invasive species are either insects or plants. The truth of the matter is that the most invasive species of them all are humans, but thankfully we don’t hunt those. Mrs. Opre failed to support her claims as to why hunters give so much back to preserving wild species. If Mrs. Opre really wants to get closer to nature, as she claims she does, I think it’s silly to say she does so by walking into nature with a bunch of forged metal weapons in her hands. There is nothing natural about that. In the end, I think Mrs. Opre doesn’t care about preserving wildlife at all. If she cared, she never would have admitted to hunting an endangered species. I believe Mrs. Opre just made some empty claims to defend her controversial hobby.

Ryan Silver

Barrie

(You’re probably correct about that)

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