Letters week of april 26 – the sarnia journal

Sir: In the Thursday, April 29, edition of our community newspaper, you gave letter writer C.B. Eagles a public forum in which to opine that “many babies have died in our local hospital.” The writer states that he/she “mourn(s) for these children.”

Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, women, as autonomous persons, have a right to control over their own bodies, and a right to decide to have a medical procedure to terminate a pregnancy. Furthermore, almost all elective abortions are performed at an early stage. Despite the rather popular monster magnification of embryos on protestors’ posters, the point of abortion is to stop, long before the minuscule embryo is viable, the process that results in labour and produces children.

It would be frightening and distressing for your newspaper to publish letters mourning the cessation of African slavery. It would be shocking and alarming for you to allow a reader to express a desire to eradicate First Nations peoples. It is also problematic to give a public platform to a point of view that removes autonomy of personhood from women and attempts to subvert the Law and the Charter.

Abortion has always been with us. The days of back-street bunglers and unnecessary deaths due to home remedies are gone. Abandoned newborns are an astounding rarity. With improved birth control, a mature approach to human sexuality, and an implicit understanding of the status of female humans as people, medically assisted and/or pharmacological terminations of pregnancies have also been decreasing exponentially.

Anyone may think what they will about abortion, slavery, racism, or any outdated view about women, but they are living in the past. Those old days – and the particular cruelties associated with forced pregnancy that went with them – are gone.

I urge you to treat writers as distressed as C.B. Eagles the same way you would a person who wrote to lament the “new” illegality of spousal abuse. Despite the guarantee of provoking readers, the decision to stir up an issue long settled reflects very badly on The Journal.

I was so happy when in September, 2017 the students of SCITS and St. Clair attended classes together in the SCITS building, because it gave my great-grandson Seth Brown the opportunity to begin his secondary school education in the same building that his great, great grandmother finished hers.

In a last ditch effort to appease voters, who will be heading to the polls on June 7, the Liberals offered up a 25% price reduction. Unfortunately, according to Auditor General Bonnie Lysk, this short-term benefit will end up costing the people of Ontario an estimated $4 billion in interest charges alone over the next 30 years.

Ontario governments have subsidized the price of power before. The Harris government froze electricity prices in the 1990s causing the Ontario Hydro debt to balloon to over $30 billion, resulting in the creation of the debt retirement charge. Eventually the “magic money” – unmanageable debt – runs out and the government of the day is forced to charge people the real price of electricity. So what’s to be done?

Finally, further investments in nuclear industry projects such as the Darlington rebuild should be stopped. The Ontario Clean Air Alliance recently discovered that Ontario Power Generation has applied to the Ontario Energy Board to increase rates for nuclear power by 180% by the year 2026, at which point the cost of nuclear would be 16.8¢/kWh.

The cost of our electricity system is going to increase no matter which party is in government. The status quo political parties aren’t talking about solutions to mitigate this fact. A wise government will make smart investments for the long-term benefit of our health and bank accounts.