Letters to the Editor, May 5

DINE SAFE

Re “You can’t eat in your favourite restaurant. But actors in a movie can” (Joe Warmington, April 30): I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect that regular weddings and social events should have the same freedom to use restaurants and reception halls as film productions. There are 50 pages of government regulations for film production companies and actors to avoid transmitting COVID-19. I don’t think that regular diners or wedding guests could satisfy such stringent requirements. Among other things, if actors are singing or shouting in close proximity, then there should be “regular testing for applicable individuals.” Worse still, if actors are kissing, they should use an oral rinse “before and after each take.” Although requiring an oral rinse is quite reasonable for paid performers, it would greatly reduce the spontaneity at a real wedding or romantic dinner. I also think that servers would have great difficulty in enforcing it. Scripted professional events can afford to take much more elaborate precautions than spontaneous human interactions.

Bruce Couchman
Ottawa

(Just film horror movies with no kissing required)

NO CLASS

With a pandemic to contend with, now in its third wave in Canada, many dying, thousands infected every day, the teachers’ unions have decided that there’s no better time than now to continue to whine and complain about the state of education in Ontario and the hardships their members have to contend with. Imagine that, the pandemic has identified that online education can work, it needs work, but it is the way of the future. A hybrid solution, part in class, part online, can work, but that would require fewer teachers. Sam Hammond, HarveyBischof, it is happening and will happen, so lead, follow or get out of the way. It is the way of the future. The teachers’ union complaints have been ongoing for as long as I can remember, and I graduated high school in 1973, and we had to deal with their issues then. It never ends. I am sure that it was these same union leaders who would have argued that the rise of electronic calculators in the ’70s at the expense of the slide rule and abacus would be catastrophic to the educational well-being of all students in Ontario — fewer slide rule and abacus teachers! Sam, Harvey, if you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Thank goodness the teachers’ union “leaders” have nothing to do with our front-line workers.

Kevin Ryan
Mississauga

(Teachers’ union leaders are paid handsomely to be a thorn in the side of progress)

LOCK AND LOAD

I will agree that there should be regulations for bad behaviour on the internet. With the pandemic in full swing, most everyone on full lockdown, and entertainment options minimal, was this really the best time to introduce Bill C-10? Seems a bit heartless to me.

David Hawkins
Cobourg, Ont.

(Can’t you just feel Trudeau looking over your shoulder?)

HELPING HANDS

Our intrepid prime minister has offered to help India through the pandemic. What could possibly go wrong?

Dave Sewell
London, Ont.

(An honest gesture)