YOU SAID IT: Plan the worst

Here are today’s Ottawa Sun letters to the editor.

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PLAN FOR THE WORST

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When we see the news of the devastating floods in BC, I pray for the people who have been affected. It may be heartbreaking, but it brings to mind contrasting and encouraging situations.

First, in 1950, the city of Winnipeg was flooded when the Red River overflowed its banks, causing enormous damage and even some loss of human life. Knowing this would happen again, the province built the Red River Floodway. Although it was criticized at the time, it has proven at least twice as far worth far as it cost.

Second, at the confluence of the Hay River and Great Slave Lake, the town of Hay River, NWT, used to be flooded almost every spring with the loss of homes and businesses. In 1963, a new town square was explored on higher ground and incentives were given for people to relocate. Problem solved for those who moved.

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Third, Bangladesh, which is not exactly a rich country, is often hammered by devastating storms with terrible losses of human life. Very few people are now dying because accurate and timely warning systems are in place along with orderly and mandatory evacuation procedures.

I have read that with good forest management practices, devastating fire damage to cities could be significantly reduced. Think about what could be achieved if our leaders put far more energy into planning, preparing and implementing measures to mitigate losses from severe weather events instead of pretending we can change the earth’s climate.

PI CAMPBELL

OTTAWA

(A little planning goes a long way.)

NOT ALL STATISTICS ARE THE SAME

In terms of daily COVID-19 statistics, in my opinion the total number of positive tests is irrelevant, as the majority who are both infected and double-vaccinated are likely to have minor symptoms and do not bother to withdraw to be tested.

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The important statistic is both the number of admissions and the number in the hospital who are unvaccinated. The latter statistics would be very informative.

MIKE SHURTLIFF

KANATA

(Thanks for reading.)

FINALLY A QUESTION

OMG !! The world as we knew it has come to an abrupt end! The Doug Ford government is convening a public inquiry into the Ottawa LRT failure, and Andrea Horwath actually agrees with the move.

But wait! Mayor Jim Watson, who worked hard to derail two council votes that would have seen Ottawa do just that, now supports a study. Of course, he is in full back-pedal, damage-control mode. To divert public attention, he deplores the lack of notice and communication from the province about its investigation plans prior to the announcement. Maybe everything is normal after all.

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Watson’s facial expression is truly invaluable from a control freak mayor who has presided over the most uncommunicative and secret city administration of recent times. Space constraints prevent a complete list here of the cases where city council members were blinded and heard about things the mayor had already been briefed on.

A credible candidate will certainly step forward to dethrone King Jim in 2022.

MIKE ALAIN

OTTAWA

(Provided he decides to run again.)

IF THEY DO NOT WORK …

Here we are almost two years inside COVID-19 and we still do not have a cure for this disease. Unfortunately, almost half of the new COVID cases are those that have been double-vaccinated. So if the vaccines do not work as we have been led to believe, why are they still being administered?

DON DAG

OTTAWA

(Do you get an annual flu vaccination?)

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