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Canada Today's letters: Boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics over China's abuses

14:25  21 november  2020
14:25  21 november  2020 Source:   ottawacitizen.com

Terry Glavin: When will Canada join the rest of the democratic world in standing up to China?

  Terry Glavin: When will Canada join the rest of the democratic world in standing up to China? “We can no longer tell the world that we still have ‘one country, two systems’,” is the way Hong Kong Democratic Party chairman Wu Chi-wai explained Beijing’s garrotting of the last vestiges of democracy in the former British colony this week. One country, two systems is shorthand for the guarantee of Hong Kong’s autonomy from Beijing, which was supposed to last until at least 2047, as set out in the Sino-British agreement of 1997. “This One country, two systems is shorthand for the guarantee of Hong Kong’s autonomy from Beijing, which was supposed to last until at least 2047, as set out in the Sino-British agreement of 1997.

China has been accused of human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region. Britain has sent athletes to every summer and winter Olympics , including the 1980 Moscow Games which were boycotted by the United States.

London: Britain could boycott the 2022 Beijing winter Olympics in protest against the Chinese government' s human rights abuses against China ' s embassy in the UK issued a short statement on Twitter - which is banned by censors in the country. "Issues related to Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong

Canada shouldn’t go to Winter Olympics in Beijing

Catriona Le May Doan wearing a microphone: Two-time Olympic champion Catriona Le May Doan. © Provided by Ottawa Citizen Two-time Olympic champion Catriona Le May Doan.

Re: Le May Doan named Canada chef de mission for 2022 Winter Games, Nov. 17.

The appointment of Catriona Le May Doan as head of our 2022 Olympic delegation would have been more than appropriate had there been a reason to send a team to China in the first place. How can we possibly be thinking of sending Canadians under our flag to a country that is holding two of our citizens hostage; that has threatened Canadians in Hong Kong; and that continues to use trade as a weapon against us?

China’s repression of the Uighurs and the democratic movement in Hong Kong  should be sufficient for fair-minded countries to withdraw, as Canada did from the Moscow Games in 1980. China is a  pariah state. Let us show some backbone and demonstrate we will not be bullied by letting it know right now that there will be no Canadian team to harass in Beijing in 2022.

Champagne warns tough talk on China could hurt efforts to free Kovrig, Spavor

  Champagne warns tough talk on China could hurt efforts to free Kovrig, Spavor OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne warned Monday that tough talk about China could hurt efforts to gain the release of two arbitrarily detained Canadians. Testifying before the House of Commons Canada-China relations committee, Champagne urged MPs to keep the fate of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig in mind when they spout off about the perils and perfidy of China's Communist regime. "I know, Mr. Chair, that some like to talk tough on China," Champagne told the committee."To those who are seduced by this one-dimensional view, I say this: while it is easy to be tough, let's continue to be smart.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab refused to rule out a U.K. boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in 2022 over alleged abuses of China ’ s China has denied mistreating the largely Muslim minority, but multiple countries have accused the regime of human rights abuses including forced

Australia’ s sports minister has shrugged off calls to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights abuses in China . “It is not the government but the independent Australian Olympic Committee who are responsible for sending teams to winter and summer Olympic Games,” he told

Raphael Girard, Ottawa

Bob Rae got it right on China

Re: China blasts Rae over genocide suggestion, Nov. 16.

I am very proud of Canada and especially our UN ambassador, Bob Rae, for standing up to the Chinese Communist Party and speaking truth to a bully. It is difficult to get the truth about China but a tribunal in England in 2019 concluded China was forcibly harvesting organs from people. A second tribunal is now looking at the situation in Xinjiang Province, where there is evidence of significant human rights violations of the Uighurs, including alleged genocide, as mentioned by Rae at the UN.

Like-minded nations must stand up to the CCP and show our support for the Chinese people by supporting Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Graeme Barber, Ottawa

Glavin: Canada's China policy is still a shambles, whatever the minister says

  Glavin: Canada's China policy is still a shambles, whatever the minister says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday spoke about the potential wait for a COVID-19 vaccine when some countries are announcing a possible rollout of their vaccination plans in December, saying Canada does not have domestic vaccine production capacity but are working to build this up so they’re not cut short again. He added they signed a record number of deals with potential vaccine producers in order to make sure people get the vaccines as quickly and effectively as possible.

Canada should boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022 in response to China ’ s imposition of a national security law on Hong Kong, says Canada’ s former top diplomat to a city whose freedoms are coming under the increasingly direct control of authorities in mainland China . Over the past few years

IAIN Duncan Smith has backed calls for a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022 over human rights abuses by China . Mr Duncan Smith tweeted: “A boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics would send a strong message, that the UK will not give a platform to a country committing

Man’s hospital confinement could be ended

Re: ‘As bad as being in jail’: Man with autism confined nine months in Ottawa Hospital awaiting group home placement, Nov. 17.

Being close to two young people with autism makes this story about Jean-Marc Lang’s confinement at The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus doubly horrific to me. And what is so shocking (and incomprehensible) is that one part of the Ontario government, the ministry of health, is paying for Jean-Marc to occupy a room at the hospital while another part of government, the ministry of child, community and social services, refuses an available spot in a group home because there is no funding.

People, people, people! Talk to each other. For God sake, your offices are probably in the same building.

Brian Caines, Ottawa

Former high commission would make a great library … oops, too late

Re: British Invasion to reshape Sir John A.’s former stable, Nov. 19.

CAA Seeks Court Order To End Legal Standoff With Writers Guild; WGA Responds – Update

  CAA Seeks Court Order To End Legal Standoff With Writers Guild; WGA Responds – Update UPDATED with WGA response: CAA has asked a federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction that would force the WGA East and WGA West to drop their group boycott against the agency. The move comes just two months after CAA said that it thought it had a deal with the guilds to end their long-running legal battle over packaging fees and its affiliation with wipp, its corporately related production entity. The WGA guilds, however, said no such deal had been reached, citing outstanding issues over the agency’s reduction of its ownership of wiip. Now CAA wants U.S. District Court Judge André Birotte Jr.

Dominic Raab has not ruled out boycotting the Beijing Winter Olympic Games over the treatment of the Uighur Muslims by the Chinese government. In July, Mr Raab accused China of "gross" human rights abuses against the population and said he would not rule out taking sanctions against the

Calls are growing for Australia to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics over China ' s human rights record (Photo: AAP). China is accused of human rights abuses including the detention of Uyghurs and its crackdown on Hong Kong' s pro-democracy movement.

The reshaping of Earnscliffe by the Brits will probably go unnoticed, in comparison to the Chateau Laurier debacle. The bottom line is that the British government owns Earnscliffe, resulting from Canada’s fatal mistake of selling the property, so they can really do whatever they want.

The real story here is the British High Commission building on Elgin Street which the British will vacate. What a fabulous location along Ottawa’s Champs Élysées, right in the heart of everything. This building would make a superb hotel, or a ritzy condominium. This building would be “the” place to live, and it might indirectly revitalize Sparks Street and also give new life to Elgin Street, perhaps even adding more interesting and elegant boutiques in the process, rather than simply the uninspiring bar strip that the south end of Elgin is now.

The really depressing aspect to this news is that the Elgin Street building would have been the ideal location for the new public library, but as architect Barry Padolsky prophetically said, that ship as sailed.

Douglas Cornish, Ottawa

Terry Glavin: Instead of action on China, Trudeau's Liberals again offer vague platitudes

  Terry Glavin: Instead of action on China, Trudeau's Liberals again offer vague platitudes You have to hand it to Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne. Among several of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet ministers who have demonstrated exemplary talent in the trick of speaking at length on a particular subject without revealing anything of substance, Champagne has elevated the cunning practice into an art form. The point is to give the impression that something is being done, some new action is being taken or some policy is under close consideration and will be imminently revealed, when in fact nothing is being done, and there’s nothing new, and nothing is in the offing — at least nothing you want anybody to know about.

Library is one of our best municipal services

Re: Ottawa’s libraries are life-savers. Let’s make sure we protect them, Nov. 16.

Kudos to Brigitte Pellerin in her praise for the Ottawa Public Library. What she wrote is true: it is welcoming to everyone, helpful in so many ways, and when the chips are down it is free and quiet. It is one of the best services our municipality provides, and definitely the “best bang for the public buck.”

I remember my children being so proud acquiring their first library card, and pre-schoolers attending “storytime,” which moulded readers along the way. All in all one of my favourite places to be.

Patricia O’Reilly, Ottawa

Ottawa is where boredom saves lives

Re: The city that fun forgot remembered to follow the rules, Nov. 18.

Attention, fun-loving cities! During a global pandemic, the city of Ottawa is a place where boredom saves lives. It is better to be boring than sorry. But boring as we may be, we are serious about following the advice of public health experts.

Everywhere we go, people wear a mask, and we are sticklers for physical distancing, washing our hands and avoiding the crowd. We are also good at bending; and bending the COVID-19 curve we shall.

Dono Bandoro, Ottawa

A much-appreciated glimpse at Ottawa’s past

Bruce Deachman’s regular contributions to your newspaper of historical front pages and items from the ”olden days” is spectacular.

The History Behind Your Favorite Thanksgiving Foods

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I am 80. I was born at the Grace Hospital on Wellington Street and lived on Huron Avenue South, near the Civic Hospital. What a wonderful thing it is to see the old photos of the daily newspaper and its contents. Everything is so familiar to me.

My dad was a school principal in Ottawa. He had a huge bee yard out Fisher Avenue; he needed the money because he only received 10 paycheques a year. He also had a garden on the railway easement, which became the Queensway. I was head girl at Fisher Park High School in l958.

I can visualize every single building in LeBreton Flats as I rode the streetcar down to the then-magnificent Capitol Theatre on Bank Street. Everything that happens at the National Arts Centre today used to happen at the Capitol Theatre.

I expect I represent quite a few folks of the “old Ottawa” era and I am sure that I am not alone in telling you that these features have been much appreciated. Good job!

Carole Decker, Ottawa

Glebe BIA stands behind Lansdowne recommendations

Re: OSEG should get access to lifecycle money and a 10-year contract extension, committee decides, Nov. 13.

The Glebe BIA supports the recommendations made by city staff regarding Lansdowne, which were unanimously approved by the finance and economic development committee Nov. 12. These are important steps to ensure the future sustainability and viability of a valuable city asset and public space. As a result of COVID-19, many businesses are suffering. The current context has necessitated a sobering review of operations in the immediate, short and long term, an exercise in survival to navigate a still very uncertain future. Governments have also had to adapt and assist communities and to help alleviate hardship. This is the lens through which we look at the current situation.

The Masters: Tee times, TV and streaming info for Sunday's final round at Augusta National

  The Masters: Tee times, TV and streaming info for Sunday's final round at Augusta National All the information you need to get ready for the final round of the 2020 Masters.The world's No. 1-ranked golfer took a commanding lead Saturday in the third round, shooting his second 7-under 65 in the tournament to hit 16 under overall. He eagled the par-5 second hole, then birdied No. 3 and No. 4 before adding three more birdies later in the third round. When the day was complete, Johnson had tied Jordan Spieth's record for lowest Masters' score through 54 holes, which Spieth set during his 2015 victory.

Since reopening in 2014, Lansdowne has reaffirmed its value as a beloved playground and leisure and entertainment hub. Lansdowne is steeped in a rich history and is a valuable city asset that has been cherished by the citizens of Ottawa for more than a century. Its draw provides tremendous economic benefit to an area populated by hundreds of local businesses. It adds to the overall vitality of the Glebe and is a social, economic and cultural hub with a positive impact on the whole city. We want to see Lansdowne thrive for another 100 years.

The Glebe BIA has worked very closely with the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) since the relaunch of Lansdowne. OSEG has been a trusted partner and a major local employer. Its commitment to the city should be embraced. We have every confidence in its ability as a stakeholder and partner to help us recover, rebuild and renew. We cannot overlook its expertise, operational experience, capacity and business acumen.

The city’s recommendations are in the best interests of Ottawa and are prudent mitigation measures for a partnership that has accomplished so much. We appreciate the city’s initiative and OSEG’s commitment to see this through, and we are there to provide support in any way we can.

Andrew Peck, Executive Director, Glebe BIA

OSEG has always been a first-class operation

Lansdowne Park is very special to me. It was my office, my home, my whole world.

I was the general manager of the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1988 through 1991, the first female general manager of a professional sport franchise in North America. The CFL, the Rough Riders and the football fans of Ottawa gave this woman a shot at a man’s job when such a thing was inconceivable.

Two years ago, OSEG featured my story as part of the Diversity is Strength program. Before one July game, I sat in my seat on the south side in tears as players and coaches took to the field wearing the name “Polak” on the backs of their shirts in my honour. It was first-class.

Catriona Le May Doan Canada's chef de mission for 2022 Winter Olympics

  Catriona Le May Doan Canada's chef de mission for 2022 Winter Olympics CALGARY — Catriona Le May Doan says she's ready to mentor and shield Canada's athletes at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The two-time Olympic gold medallist in speedskating was named Canada's 2022 chef de mission Tuesday by the Canadian Olympic Committee. Le May Doan won gold in the 500 metres in 1998 and 2002. She became the first Canadian to successfully defend an Olympic title. The 49-year-old from Saskatoon lives in Calgary, where she's president and chief executive officer of Sport Calgary. The four-time Olympian worked as a CBC and CTV Olympic commentator since retiring from her sport.

But no one should be surprised. Everything OSEG has done from the very beginning has been first-class — in the stadium, on the grounds and in the community.

I thank the City of Ottawa for having had the fortitude, resilience and vision to recognize just how important this partnership would be. And I also thank OSEG. You beautifully represent all that is good in Ottawa.

Jo-Anne Polak, Ottawa

Repair, don’t replace, the historic Alexandra Bridge

Re: National Capital Region ‘Loop’ is an idea whose time has come , Nov. 9.

The Alexandra Bridge is a national landmark and a historic treasure, and I am deeply unhappy with the plan to replace it. The bridge, a vital piece of Confederation Boulevard, speaks to the founding of Ottawa and the industrial history of our country. It provides a dignified and iconic view of the river and of Parliament, and is far more striking than any of the other bridges that Ottawa engineers have designed in the century following Alexandra’s construction.

Ottawa is not an old city. We do not have a vast wealth of centuries-old buildings and landmarks, as other capital cities do. If we continue to whittle away what little heritage we have left – the Chateau Laurier, 24 Sussex Drive, the Alexandra Bridge – we may find ourselves with no defining features at all. It is hard to imagine any other country allowing the iconic structures and features of its major cities to deteriorate or be demolished by unimaginative leaders and avaricious developers.

The Alexandra Bridge, a National Historic Civil Engineering Site, has its roots as a railway bridge designed to carry immensely heavy loads. It is hard to believe that the strength and durability of its design has deteriorated so quickly that in a mere 120 years, it has become so structurally unsound that it could not be preserved. Repairs may be costly, but they are surely preferable to the cavalier destruction of an iconic piece of Ottawa’s heritage. For all the claims that the new design will use more durable materials to outlast this bridge and minimize environmental impact, I cannot help recalling the dictum that the greenest structure is the one standing.

I am deeply worried and disheartened by the indifference that our government has shown towards the heritage structures under its care. I hope to see a change of heart before it is too late.

Fiona Lane, Ottawa

Nuclear power capacity is steadily increasing

Re: The Liberals’ nuclear plan is just a pipe dream, Nov. 17.

The authors write: “The high price tag for nuclear power plants has led to a near freeze on new ones around the world.” In fact, as listed by the World Nuclear Association, nuclear power capacity worldwide is increasing steadily, with about 50 reactors now under construction.

Most reactors on order or planned are in the Asian region, though there

are major plans for new units in Russia. Significant further capacity is being created by plant upgrading. Plant lifetime extension programs are maintaining capacity, particularly in the United States.

The technology for storage of long-lived nuclear fuel wastes is available. No country has a better geology than Canada to proceed with building a pilot plant to demonstrate safety. The reason such a demonstration has not progressed is that the waste can be and is being safely stored above ground for the foreseeable future: hundreds of years. Politicians keep avoiding the necessary decisions.

Indeed, after a few hundred years the level of radioactivity decreases so much that the nuclear fuel waste can be handled as low-level waste. There are long-lived alpha emitters with very long half lives that remain hazardous if ingested, but that’s like saying there’s enough water in Lake Ontario to drown everyone in Toronto.

John Beare, Kanata

Just a bit of dogged politicking

Re: The Liberal MP Justin Trudeau couldn’t control. Memoir reveals final, angry call with PM, Nov. 18.

In a “comment” that describes, among other things, a Liberal filibuster, John Ivison compares MPs to “a pack of docile Jack Russells.”  I was just wondering, has anyone ever witnessed a pack of docile Jack Russells?

Colleen Rutherford Archer, Deep River

Catriona Le May Doan Canada's chef de mission for 2022 Winter Olympics .
CALGARY — Catriona Le May Doan says she's ready to mentor and shield Canada's athletes at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The two-time Olympic gold medallist in speedskating was named Canada's 2022 chef de mission Tuesday by the Canadian Olympic Committee. Le May Doan won gold in the 500 metres in 1998 and 2002. She became the first Canadian to successfully defend an Olympic title. The 49-year-old from Saskatoon lives in Calgary, where she's president and chief executive officer of Sport Calgary. The four-time Olympian worked as a CBC and CTV Olympic commentator since retiring from her sport.

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