Today’s Letters: Russian Embassy in Ottawa Should Feel Ukraine’s Pain


Friday November 25: As Ukrainians face a winter without electricity or heating, we could send a message to the Russian Embassy, ​​writes a reader. Letters@ottawacitizen.com

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Let’s cut off the electricity at the Russian Embassy

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As Canadians, I think we like to think of ourselves as having a certain moral fiber. Consider the situation in Ukraine this winter with Russia’s destruction of energy and water infrastructure depriving the Ukrainian people of heat, light/electricity and water, certainly a war crime. Can we not expect our federal and other governments to offer Russian representatives here equal terms, namely the loss of electricity, heat and water in their embassies and consulates?

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It might be best to expel them from Canada to show our revulsion at Russia’s unprovoked criminal actions against the Ukrainian people, the principles embodied in the United Nations and our fundamental Canadian beliefs.

Herb Westman, Ottawa

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Let’s teach people to be parents

The ability to nurture and nurture children properly has again been overwhelmed by narcissistic and legitimate behaviors. The behaviors exhibited at the Ottawa Public Schools board meeting on Tuesday were a despicable display, perpetrated by an inability to care for others.

Harassing physicians, CHEO administrators and school leaders represents a failure to understand good parenting skills. I suggest that mandatory parenting classes in grades 3-12, incorporating responsibilities to others as well as ourselves, would help future generations. Unfortunately, today the law has taken root and become the sanctuary of conspiracy theorists.

Patrick Mason, Stittsville

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24 Sussex: Can we save heritage buildings?

Subject: Closure of 24 Sussex for security reasons on November 19th.

The cost of renovating this house is $36.6 million. The cost to tear it down and rebuild it is set at $40 million. A $4 million difference isn’t a huge difference, but that difference could be the deciding factor.

The tragedy of this house is that it could have been updated over the decades, but was not. The house is political, and politics have played a major role in ignoring its problems. The heritage factor is important, although Ottawa, for some strange reason, is not known for serious heritage preservation, unlike some cities.

The crucial problem with a full rebuild is that the architectural footprint and style may not turn out to be stellar, as Ottawa is also known for its underwhelming modern architecture. The resulting choice may well be a stately looking home, fully modernized inside, as opposed to a showy and perhaps dodgy modern style home. The South African Embassy across Sussex from the 24th, the French Embassy next door and the British High Commission residence down the road could very well turn out to be the only three elegant diplomatic buildings and elders who remain on Sussex. Shame.

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Douglas Cornish, Ottawa

A complete democracy challenges its own actions

The public inquiry into the use of the Emergencies Act is coming to an end and various stakeholders have testified.

Canada is a “full democracy”, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit and its standard “Democracy Index”. This has societal problems similar to all countries, but only a full democracy enacts legislation, such as the Emergency Measures Act, to self-check its authority. Only a full democracy, voted in place by its citizens in a free vote, wants to improve its government through this kind of process.

I am happy to live in such a democracy.

Mel Simoneau, Gatineau

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