We know that the pandemic requires a global response. No longer can we just look at health care investments within our borders to protect us from the next wave of COVID-19, which is sure to come. As global citizens, each of us is only as strong as the most vulnerable. McBean suggests we must adopt a strategy of “building back better.”
Yes: We have the opportunity at this surreal point in time to do this, focusing on a green and just recovery for all. This is a world in which countries in the global South can build strong health care systems, address the tragedies of extreme poverty and hunger, and build sustainable economies that make international assistance no longer necessary. This need is especially true is sub-Saharan Africa where the impact of climate change compounded by COVID-19 is taking an enormous toll.
Canada must invest in a global response by increasing its international assistance, especially in support of locally led solutions and the critical role that women-led organizations are playing in addressing the pandemic and the climate crisis.
Pat Dolan, Aylmer
Antagonizing China won’t help us
Re: Place Meng in a regular Canadian jail, June 27.
A letter-writer proposes a four-day, program to antagonize China. On Day 4, he would “throw (Meng Wanzhou) in jail” on a pretext, thus abandoning Canadas’s claim to the rule of law. He does not say what he would do on Day 5, in response to China’s undoubted massive retaliation.
John Edmond, Ottawa
How about not buying from China?
I agree with Saturday’s letters on how the average Canadian consumer has mindlessly empowered The Communist Party of China by purchasing their manufactured goods for decades. The pollution from the shipping of these goods has murdered the Pacific Ocean. If we continue to set their table, they will never play fair.
A simple home-by-home economic policy of ABC (Anything but Chinese) can reverse the process.
Thomas Brawn, Orleans
If only the Michaels worked for SNC-Lavalin
Have Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor join the SNC-Lavalin payroll and watch how quickly Prime Minister Justin Trudeau puts aside the “rule of law” to have them returned to Canada.
Patrick Mason, Stittsville
We can rebuild smarter after COVID-19
Re: How’s the Weather, June 23.
Gordon McBean is so right to point out that we’re in a climate crisis as well as a COVID-19 crisis. It’s time to take stock of the past three months and prepare as best we can for an uncertain future.
We have learned that we can act collectively in response to public health officials to “flatten the curve” of transmission, and that we can learn how to live a physically distanced life in a “new normal.”
We have also learned how interconnected this global world truly is as the virus skipped quickly from one country to the next, and how the virus extracted its largest toll on the most vulnerable: the poor, people with pre-existing health conditions, those living and working in settings where physical distancing is not possible, and especially frail seniors in long-term care. We have seen that the pandemic has had a much greater impact on women everywhere: the essential service workers, caregivers of extended families and community leaders responding to needs of the most vulnerable, in Canada and around the world.