LETTERS – Political Increases, Cycling Visibility, Cornwallis Controversy and More
Kudos to Premier Houston for stopping MP pay increases that were to be retroactive to September 2021.
Shame on the panel of a university professor and two lawyers for even thinking about that 12.6% increase, especially at a time when Nova Scotians are struggling to survive.
As a very good friend of mine said, again, the elite takes care of the elite. Perhaps a panel consisting of a farmer, a banker and a small business owner would be better placed to make these pay raise decisions.
Apparently, the decision of this three-member panel is binding. I wonder if it would be binding if the suggested amount was less than 2%, to match what other Nova Scotians get, if any.
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The cycling rally can be commendable. However, cyclists should help by wearing light clothing or reflective vests that can be easily seen.
The two ladies wearing gray clothes in your July 19 front page photo are a good example of how hard it is to see cyclists.
Please help vehicle drivers see you.
Kevin McNamara, Gold River
It seems residents’ opinions on maintaining the civic recognition of Halifax’s founder, Edward Cornwallis, matter little to HRM council members (“Halifax shortlists 15 names to replace Cornwallis St. – which one would you pick?” 19 July).
HRM staff who coordinated the first part of an online survey last fall to rename Cornwallis Street said they received “2,588 survey submissions and over 3,000 name suggestions.” And guess what? when reviewing the registered list of names, Cornwallis Street and similar versions of the Cornwallis name were by far the most popular suggestions received.
Previous public opinion polls have indicated that residents want to maintain recognition of Cornwallis, who served as Governor of Nova Scotia from 1749 to 1752. Shortly after establishing Halifax in late June 1749, and in response to the native raids (and the resulting settler deaths), he issued the controversial bounty proclamation.
The July 19 article regurgitates the dubious comment that “…Cornwallis has issued an order that his government will pay a bounty to anyone who kills a Mi’kmaq adult or child. The current proclamation makes no reference to women and children. On the contrary, he states, in part: “… such a savage taken (prisoner) or if he killed his scalp.” No verifiable documentation has been identified to indicate that non-combatant scalps were handed over to Halifax during Cornwallis’ tenure.
Isn’t it time for the HRM board to take a less confrontational approach and a fresh look at the Cornwallis issue?
Len Canfield, Halifax
I read the opinions every day, as I usually do, hoping to see a response to Rick Howe’s desperate and unreasonable rant (“COVID anarchy makes vulnerable people like me feel expendable”, July 9) so that I would not have to .
He’s someone I didn’t always agree with, but I thought he had a very balanced approach to current issues. But I was so disappointed to read such a selfish and angry stance from a once highly respected media personality.
The circumstances of his personal position regarding health and wellbeing seem to have worsened, which I am very sympathetic to, but I don’t see any ability in Rick to see the big picture like he always has in the past. And how does he not realize what has been the global harm caused by the closing of the world?
It’s not just Rick who is hurting these days, and the consequences are going to be hard to measure, but they are reaching all of us as we try to recover from what will go down as one of the worst times ever. of our recent human life. the story.
Is COVID over? Of course not, but the way we live with this in the best possible way doesn’t involve being afraid of each other. Dr. Strang and all of our officials have to consider everyone’s health and well-being, Rick, and they’ve done a great job.
I wish you the best for you and everyone for the future.
Paul Nurse, Middle Sackville