YOU SAID IT: How stupid is that?

Here are today’s letters from the Ottawa Sun to the editor.

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Am I the only one who thinks the recent decision to decriminalize small amounts of hard drugs in British Columbia is insane? Are politicians really that stupid to think this will stifle the rise in opioid-related deaths? I’m sorry, but there’s no other word to describe this than stupid. By that logic, if there is an increase in violent crime, then should we take those crimes off the books as well?

While they’re at it, why don’t they send out an invitation to all the gangs and drug cartels? Oh wait, maybe the Liberal/NDP government will give them grants to set up their drug labs. As drug use becomes less stigmatized, I wonder what people will think of the increase in other crimes that will undoubtedly occur as these users try to fund their daily doses.

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I can’t help shaking my head. It’s bad enough that the federal government is aiding and abetting illegal immigrants, but now they are helping to facilitate another illegal enterprise. I’m sure Canadians did not vote for that.

SANDY JOHNSTON

RIGGING

(Maybe next time more Canadians will come out and not vote for this.)

ADDICTED PARADISE

It started in British Columbia and will no doubt spread across the country, and it is the decriminalization and legalization of almost all drugs. It will be an economic and human disaster. Instead of trying to get people into treatment centers to help turn their lives around, it’s much easier and much cheaper to have them die slowly.

Mr. Freeze is on a witch hunt for gun confiscation, which will do nothing to improve public safety except make life easier for criminals. Far more people die from overdoses of opioids and other drugs in this country than guns will ever kill.

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Also, in another case, the Ontario Provincial Police are investigating two swastikas inscribed on an outdoor trail near Embrun. Let’s hope they’re not citing a major felony for that. These are obviously youngsters scribbling vile symbols that they really have no understanding of. Let’s not play with it, it only excites them. Move on, people.

STEPHEN FLAGAN

OTTAWA

(Nothing to see here…)

GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos recently authorized Health Canada to relinquish its role as independent regulator of the safety of certain genetically modified (GM) foods.

This decision means that Canadians may soon be consuming undeclared and unknown genetically modified foods whose safety has not been assessed by Health Canada. Biotechnology companies now have an open door to the market for certain genetically modified foods produced with new gene editing techniques. If a food comes from a plant that has been genetically modified without incorporating DNA from another species (it has no foreign DNA), then the company can decide if the food is safe to eat. , without any government oversight. Companies can sell these GM foods without telling the government they exist.

Companies will have full control over their food safety reviews and the information available to the public. This is a dangerous move away from independent science and transparency. Soon, the Minister of Agriculture could approve similar changes for genetically modified seeds, leaving consumers and farmers in the dark. Canadians should speak up before that happens.

LUCY SHARRATT

Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network

(A slippery slope, indeed.)

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