Letters to the Editor: July 31: “Pickup truck owners just don’t like them – they’re obsessed with them. Are pickup trucks a bane on Canadian streets? Plus other letters to the editor

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with children at the College of the North Atlantic in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, July 28, 2021.

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When?

Re an election? Why? And why now? (Editorial, July 29): I see no argument for postponing the election because of the pandemic – not when we have the Calgary Stampede and are about to welcome Americans back to Canada.

The average Canadian minority government lasted for 479 days. This is more than 600 days away. Being a democracy means having elections, even when parties fearful of losing seats may prefer to avoid one.

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Tom macdonald Ottawa


In 2017, then Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon turned down then Prime Minister Christy Clark’s request for election following the loss of a vote of no confidence in the Assembly British Columbia Legislature. Instead, she called on Opposition Leader John Horgan to form a government.

In this case, an election had taken place not long before. And it seemed clear that an alternative government could be formed – a government that would enjoy the confidence of the House.

Tom Urbaniak professor of political science, Cape Breton University; Sydney, NS

We all parade

Put me down…… Now! (July 24 Notice): I will never forget watching an adult with a child who barely walks. As the child walked slowly, the man continually read on his phone.

I was saddened by the loss of this rich opportunity to interact. The school buses, the smells, the puppies, the flowers, the colors, the sun and much more – it could have been so much fun for both of them.

Children can learn so much and deserve their parents’ attention when they spend time together. Hopefully, as pandemic restrictions are lifted, we won’t allow phones to rob us of time and interactions with the people we love.

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Karen stewart Selwyn, Ont.


I have spent much of my life researching the use of telecommunications technologies. Unsurprisingly, I agree with much of what contributor Benjamin Leszcz writes.

The cell phone has become the stimulus-response demon of the 21st century. If one doesn’t respond right away, the other party wonders what’s wrong. Little attention is paid to interactions and as a result people say or text things that they often regret later.

The concept of contemplation seems to disappear. It’s a shame, because most great ideas take a considerable time to develop.

Where’s my cell phone now? In the top drawer of my dresser, to use on special occasions.

Dave conrath Burlington, Ont.

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Avoiding malicious influence from the smartphone is simple: you just don’t have one. I have a landline with an answering machine and a flip phone that I carry in an emergency.

Surf on YouTube? A computer does the trick.

Geoff rytell Toronto


Re Doors Open (Opinion, July 24): When he heard that comic book designer Connor Willumsen had a page in the Globe and Mail, our 22-year-old son went to a Multimags store in Montreal to buy a newspaper. He spent part of Saturday on McGill University’s McLennan-Redpath Terrace with later teaching his parents about cell phone use based on what he read in the rest of the Opinion section.

Thanks to Mr. Willumsen for helping a youngster discover the joys of reading a newspaper.

Jennifer Hambleton and David Collier Hamilton

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Truck stop

Re Those Hateful Kings of the Road (July 24): Much to builders’ delight, many pickup truck owners just don’t like them – they’re obsessed with them. Fear and insecurity have now been used to convert city dwellers into truck owners.

Meanwhile, survival rates for pedestrians struck by trucks drop dramatically compared to accidents with sedans. Collisions of several vehicles, rollovers, etc. – all are more deadly with trucks.

Add pollution to the equation, and we have a plethora of negative externalities created by a growing population of van drivers – with costs borne by others.

Pete Reinecke Ottawa


Doesn’t the “cowboy” or “the entrepreneur” have the right to “bells and whistles?” Or are they just for white collar workers driving European sports cars through our plagued Canadian streets?

John thiele Ottawa

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I am a skilled craftsman with two vans for the job (one doubles as a comfortable vehicle for our family of four). While pickup trucks may have gained 1,300 pounds since 1990, keep in mind that over the same period the Volkswagen Golf has inflated a much larger percentage – from 2,000 to 3,000 pounds.

Pickup trucks have made huge efficiency gains: my 2001 Ford F-350 Diesel is designed to tow about the same weight as my 2015 V8 F-150 gasoline engine. The pickups also kept the same width for about 60 years. Some are larger due to government emissions regulations forcing larger cooling systems and larger wheels required by larger brakes for shorter stopping distances.

Pickup trucks are versatile vehicles and tools for many people. Urban Canadians may forget that pickup trucks can travel over 1,000 kilometers on a single tank of fuel, whereas electric vehicles currently struggle to travel 400 km on a single charge.

Brent Edmonson 310T Truck and Coach Technician; Hamilton


As my wife astutely points out, ergonomics may be playing a key role in the growing popularity of pickup trucks; so many North Americans are obese and it is just too difficult for them to squeeze in most passenger vehicles.

My wife knows that this certainly applies to me. But she refuses to let me buy this red F-150 that I dream of.

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Peter Saunders Toronto

Game on

Are the Tokyo Games already a failure? (Sports, July 28): Eight years ago, Tokyo was chosen for the 2020 Olympics with the intention of making them the best ever. Planning, money, manpower, hopes and dreams have been in the works for eight years – then COVID-19 leveled those efforts.

It was a nightmare for the organizers, athletes, coaches, medical staff and politicians. But Tokyo persevered. Through adversity and much criticism focused on pandemic risks, the city has succeeded.

Yes it is different. There is no audience. It’s not the flashy show it usually is. But the committed, hardworking and hopeful athletes and coaches are there. They compete, live their dreams and make it work, despite the virus and the lack of “extras”.

I congratulate everyone involved for making the most of these trying times in the name of sport, humanity and dreams.

Gail Ellis Wasaga Beach, Ont.


Regarding CBC Olympics coverage: Even more frustrating than usual (July 27): I really enjoyed the commercials on CBC. What a pity that they are ruining them by showing the Olympics.

Hammond Bentall Stratford, Ont.

Ah, the Olympics. When our oligopoly banks, our telecommunications operators and our national airlines run wall-to-wall advertisements extolling the virtues of competition.

Robert Aterman Toronto


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