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Canadians have come to accept a version of democracy where such wasteful and erratic “policy lurch” is normal. Yet such huge losses should cause us to look deeply at the way we do politics. Do they perhaps indicate that we need to move towards a model that is less partisan, more co-operative, and more likely to provide Canadians with consistent, evidence-based decision-making?
Proponents of proportional representation cite evidence that the governments resulting from PR elections, often coalitions, provide more co-operative, cool-headed governance. Partisanship is tempered as parties adjust to the norm that they will need to work together.
Joyce Hall, Markdale, Ont.
Good hygiene, bad procedure
When I dropped my kid off to his junior high school, about 30 kids were closely packed together at the entrance. Clearly they were not social distancing. I asked my son why this was happening and he said they all had to put on hand sanitizer once they entered the school.
This is a very bad idea as it creates a bottleneck that crushes the kids together. The Calgary Board of Education needs to ditch this bad idea and instead have the kids use hand sanitizer from their own personal bottles or wait until they get to class to apply sanitizer. Anything which causes students to be packed together risks spreading the COVID-19 virus.
Peter Breedveld, Calgary
School cases must have come from community
It is disappointing to see the response of Bowness High School Principal Macdonald to a student at her school testing positive for COVID-19, as well as media coverage implying that schools in the province, where cases have been identified, are not safe. Since the students and staff members in question tested positive within days of schools reopening, they clearly contracted COVID outside of school.
The true test of whether the measures put in place at schools are effective will be in a few weeks when we see if any other students that were in contact with infected individuals contract the disease. Until then, perhaps leaders in the school community should reserve their finger-pointing and fear-mongering.
Andrew Povey, Calgary