Avatud ühiskonnas on oluline, et osatakse esitada omasuguste kohta kriitikat. Värskendav oli lugeda pühapäevases Toronto Staris Penny Collenette’i arvamuslugu, mille pealkiri oli otsekohene. Küsides, miks ei saaks Trudeau ainult koju jääda.
Collenette, hariduselt advokaat, on eluaegne liberaal. Pisike ülevaade ta karjäärist on ehk lugejale huvipakkuv. Ta tõusis globaalselt inimõiguste kaitsjana Liberal Internationali, rahvusvahelise organisatsiooni asedirektorina ka Kanada Liberaalide partei huviorbiiti, misjärel kandideeris ka parlamenti, paraku edutult. Täna on ta juuraprofessor Ottawa Ülikoolis.
Ta abikaasa on ehk lugejatele tuttavam. David Collenette valiti mitmel korral parlamenti, ajavahedega, kuna temagi kaotas oma koha, kui pettumus liberaalide parteis viis konservatiivide valitsuseni. Mitme ministrikoha portfelli kandes oli ta Jean Chrétieni valitsuste ajal tihti avalikkuse tähelepanu all.
Wheel-Trans is a terrific system that transports the handicapped at normal transit fares, that would leave them normally at home. At one point however a glitch that could cause an accident was pointed out while taking advantage of the service.
The minivans are vans that have re-enforced floors that can take the wheel-chairs, both manual and electric costing around $85,000 fully equipped. Driver/operators own the vehicles and work for brokers who take a percentage as well. In good years they would earn what a Wheel-Trans driver would make but by working twice the hours.
After years of chipping away at Ontario’s healthcare budget Premier Kathleen Wynne now magnanimously gives billions back to the healthcare system, but only if the Liberals are re-elected. One wonders if she will take it back again when the election is over. The cynicism however is that many patients died waiting to be looked after during the diminished service.
Toronto Sun columnist Sue-Ann Levy writes, "Concerned Ontario Doctors president, (Ms) Kulvinder Gill says the Wynne Liberals have stolen over $4 billion from the front-line health care over the past three years. Most of the money will go to a bloated bureaucracy that will not help patients,"
The historical experiences of Latvian and other Central and Eastern European Canadians has recently become the target of disinformation manipulation. The prejudice with which recent articles smear the members of these communities and nations is intended to undermine the credibility of their sovereignty and membership in NATO.
The history of the Baltic States is complicated. Unfortunately for most Central and Eastern European nations, their histories do not fit into our often simple and binary understanding of the Second World War, i.e. that the Western Allies won and Hitler lost.
Theirs is a history of multiple occupations, ethnic cleansing, political terror and flight as refugees, which ended for many of us, thankfully, in Canada.
My own family arrived in Canada from Estonia as refugees fleeing Soviet cultural and political repression. Their homeland had been independent since 1918 and was developing into a prosperous and liberal European nation before the Second World War.