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Canadian-British press magnate Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook, left, with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, is seen on board HMS Prince of Wales during the Atlantic Conference in Newfoundland with U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in August 1941. Canadian-British press magnate Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook, left, with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, is seen on board HMS Prince of Wales in the course of the Atlantic Convention in Newfoundland with U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in August 1941. Photograph by Keystone /Getty Pictures

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Management is required to proper this ship

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Re: ‘”Influencers” recruited to spice up ship program,’ Jan. 17

David Pugliese’s persevering with insightful reporting on the trials and tribulations being skilled by the federal authorities’s fight vessels procurement course of has revealed how desperately uncontrolled issues stand. The federal government is now investing within the engagement of social media influencers to unfold constructive messages in regards to the programme, versus dealing with as much as realities.

Many years of sensible inaction, an incapacity to corral prices, and most significantly a scarcity of management and duty are the explanations. And the blame lands squarely on the heads of senior personnel within the departments of defence and procurement, the PMO, and the defence committees of each Homes of Parliament.

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It seems apparent what’s required: fifteen warships. To attain that goal is clearly the problem. Admirals, politicians and authorities establishments have failed dismally.

Our historical past ought to give some classes. The likes of William Van Horne and the constructing of the CPR; Lord Beaverbrook, the Canadian who led the manufacturing of the Spitfire that gained the Battle of Britain; C.D. Howe; and the record goes on. The invention and appointment of a person with the skills and energy to take total command and forcefully lead, a person who understands the navy wants and obligations of Canada as a maritime nation and to our alliances, is in my view, what we want.

I count on that there are those that will dismiss this concept as naive. To them I’d merely ask: For what number of years and taxpayer {dollars} will the established order go on if we don’t resist the reality ? I doubt they might have a convincing reply.

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George D. Hunter, Ottawa

It’s too quickly to be reopening

Now just isn’t the time to roll again any restrictions in Ontario. Extra persons are presently hospitalized with COVID than ever earlier than. The excellence between “with” and “from” COVID just isn’t related as a result of surgical procedures have been cancelled to take care of the rise in hospitalization as a result of Omicron variant. The companies that had been ordered to shut can’t mitigate exercise of their institutions to make sure the well being of the general public.

The character of sure actions reminiscent of going to the gymnasium, eating in, sitting in a cinema or a stadium with an obscene quantity of different individuals makes such actions a breeding floor for a spike in hospitalizations from Omicron. Even a small proportion of tens of hundreds of infections a day would destroy the healthcare system. We’ve seen the devastating impression of the third wave final 12 months. That occurred primarily as a result of we opened too early in the course of the second wave. Reopening now would probably end in a resurgence that might require one other set of lockdown restrictions by spring.

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Abdurahman Ibrahim, Ottawa

Welding close to gasoline is undoubtedly harmful

There’s in all probability little doubt within the welding group about the reason for the Eastway Tank explosion. Sixty years in the past after I started welding in my high-school retailers class, my Dad (a welder) advised me: “By no means take a welding torch to any tank that has held gasoline.” He went on to narrate the unhappy story of a buddy that was blown out of his store and throughout the road whereas welding a gasoline tank that had been steam cleaned for twenty-four hours.

Brian Schacht, Manotick

Olympic athletes can ship a message

Just lately there have been plenty of article about possible surveillance of athletes on the Beijing Olympics and the opportunity of arrest for breaking any Chinese language legal guidelines and as talking freely.

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I’ve numerous sympathy for the athletes which have spent years of their lives working in the direction of their Olympic dream. They’re in a tough place.

I’ve much more sympathy for the Uyghurs and the Falun Gong and lots of different harmless individuals in China. The athletes are in a really highly effective place as is the IOC, aside from its lack of credibility. A large boycott by particular person Olympians would ship a really highly effective message to our governments to vary our behaviour in the direction of the Chinese language Communist Occasion. Sadly I doubt it might do something to vary the behaviour of the CCP.

Graeme Barber, Ottawa

Pocketbook diplomacy

Many Canadians will agree with Tasha Kheiriddin that our authorities should take robust measures in opposition to China to precise our concern for its abuse of human and privateness rights and imperialist makes an attempt at world domination. However it’s harmful for a mosquito to needle a large. There’s an different solution to paralyze it: hundreds of thousands of needles. We are able to merely cease shopping for our requirements from China.

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The present COVID disaster has already demonstrated that we’re a lot too depending on imports of meals and lots of different merchandise from the USA and elsewhere, together with China. We are able to produce domestically lots of the issues that we want, if at a barely larger value. We’ve to begin attaching a price to our dependence on others. So, slightly than, or along with, spending diplomatic efforts at calming the large, at excessive threat, the federal government ought to mount a marketing campaign of produce at dwelling, purchase domestically.

Richard Asselin, Ottawa

New guidelines for language, going ahead

Congratulations to Randall Denley for taking a shot at our misuse of phrases, and significantly the development in the direction of hyperbole and sensationalism in what could in actual fact be thought-about a routine “occasion.” This appears most prevalent in forecasting climate, maybe it’s a results of streaming devoted “climate channels.” Maybe Randall may take a shot on the deterioration in grammar sooner or later. Sorry, I imply “going ahead.”

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Ian Glen, Constance Bay

The language practice has left the station

I’ve a couple of selection phrases for Mr. Denley’s word-choice complaints.

Most of his considerations are overstated: Whereas some persons are dangerous writers, most individuals are common writers. What makes the dangerous writers appear extra quite a few is how memorable they’re. Nonetheless, Denley’s feedback in regards to the “weaponization” of language, nonetheless, are particularly not true. The practice of language isn’t stationary and it has handed him by. And that’s effective!

A greater metaphor can be that Denley is simply in a special automobile of the practice than the alleged weaponizers — clearly he is aware of what they’re saying. It occurs always. It is going to occur to me sometime. The difficulty right here is that Delney thinks language needs to be spoken precisely as he understands it. But when the aim of language is to speak, then absolutely Denley’s capability to acknowledge the previous that means means it was profitable. Reflecting on these modifications is pure for these of his approximate classic, however may the remainder of us not be spared the whining and bitter grapes?

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Gabriel Arrigo, Kanata

It’s snow downside to maintain my drive clear

With a lot snow to take away today I believed I’d share my method, designed to keep away from the hazards of lifting, in case you may be capable of adapt it to your scenario.

I’ve a 6-by-12-meter asphalt driveway. My process requires some area for a number of channels, paths I make via the snow over my garden, mine are about six meters lengthy. I take advantage of a snow scoop to slip pretty giant quantities to the top of a channel the place I upend it with virtually no effort. When the channel is full I take advantage of a snow thrower to blow it clear. My scoop is a 22-inch Yardworks Sleigh Snow Shovel and the thrower a 22-inch corded electrical Snow Joe, hanging each on my storage wall when not in use.

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If I’m doing the icy stuff left by town plow on the backside of the drive I slide it into the channel and break it up with the inside track so the thrower can deal with it. Blowing the snow requires some persistence going forwards and backwards advancing solely a pair inches every time utilizing primarily my arms to push and pull.

I clear the asphalt as a lot as I can right down to the black to let the solar work its magic, even on a cloudy day, generally utilizing a stiff broom to get rid of all snow which displays the solar. Holding it clear makes coping with the subsequent dump quite a bit simpler than if I let it construct up. Consider it or not, I fairly sit up for the method which ends up in the most effective drive on the road with so little effort.

Tom Fotheringham, Ottawa

U.S. Supreme Courtroom can guarantee voting rights

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Forty 9 years in the past, the Supreme Courtroom of the USA handed a regulation popularly often called Roe v. Wade. It protected a girl’s proper to make her personal selections about her personal physique. It’s in jeopardy for the time being nevertheless it has lasted virtually half a century.

American democracy could or will not be as essential as a girl’s rights however like Roe v. Wade it’s in jeopardy. To me it raises this query: Why can’t the Supreme Courtroom make a regulation that ensures each American the fitting to vote?

Neither Republican nor Democrat ought to make such an essential choice, so why can’t the Supremes solid apart their private beliefs and opinions and vote for his or her nation? Why can’t they vote 9-0 to make it regulation that every American has the fitting to vote with no encumbrances positioned of their means as is being executed in lots of states?

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The justices could also be supreme however they need to place America first and if they’re unable to do this, they shouldn’t be thought-about as supreme to every other American. Even when the regulation solely lasts 4 years, it may save democracy and the USA.

Joe Spence, Ottawa

Security is a vital service

On a day after I listened to Premier Doug Ford discuss his plan to handle the housing disaster, his most important speaking level was the necessity to minimize crimson tape so builders may get planning approval quicker and construct extra reasonably priced properties. I believe the problem is extra advanced than that nevertheless it looks as if one other alternative to take advantage of a disaster.

I used to be shocked to study within the referenced article that when trucking was declared a vital service to keep up cross-border visitors of products, the Ontario authorities state of emergency declaration suspended a number of security rules. Drivers weren’t required to carry out each day automobile inspections, weren’t certain by provincial hours-of-service guidelines, and will function with out velocity limiters.

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How is abandoning security rules a vital a part of permitting truckers to proceed to cross the border in the course of the pandemic. What different security rules have been suspended or deserted all collectively? Are they nonetheless required to respect the velocity limits?

Who knew the trucking foyer was so robust that they might persuade the Ford authorities to droop security rules? Clearly the satan is within the particulars with the federal government’s strikes, not simply the speaking factors.

Ian Merritt, Manotick

It’s above who’s pay grade?

Re: “Sens again in empty enviornment, as a result of Ontario restrictions,” Jan. 18

I had a chuckle after I learn the remark made by Senators participant Austin Watson in Bruce Garrioch’s article. Watson was making reference to how the Omicron pressure is being handled in a different way in other places: “It may be tough to go from one situation to the opposite. It’s above our pay grade, there are specialists and docs engaged on this all around the world.”

I did a fast examine. Watson pulls down an annual wage of $1.5 million. I don’t know too many docs who pull down that top a wage.

Doug Miller, Barrhaven

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