YOU SAID IT: Ban on foreign homebuyers won’t help

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

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BAN WON’T HELP

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Re: Regulations for ban on foreign homebuyers announced, law coming into effect Jan. 1, online edition, Dec. 21

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More smoke and mirrors in regard to the federal government’s move to stop foreign buyers from purchasing homes in Canada.

This will do nothing to make it more affordable for Canadians to buy a home. The only way to have done that would have been to ban foreigners from buying any and all property. There are so many loopholes in this legislation it’s not funny.

Once again Justin Trudeau claims to be protecting Canadians on the one hand while stabbing us in the back with the other.

SANDY JOHNSTON

GREELY

(Some of the exceptions: those with temporary work permits, refugee claimants and international students who meet certain criteria.)

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BRAINY BUT NO EXPERIENCE

Re: ‘Perfect storm’ leads to spike in cop-involved shootings, Jan. 3

Well-paid academics who sit in their ivory-tower offices and proclaim their expertise, as Temitope Oriola (professor of criminology and associate dean at the University of Alberta) and Akwasi Owusu-Bempah (an assistant professor at the University of Toronto who studies policing) did in the story above, are the bane of our society.

Are they even aware of how many police officers have been killed in Canada this past year?

With their undoubtedly superior brains, are they even able to understand what effect this must have on the police body itself and the individual officers who compose it?

Can they begin to comprehend the effect it has on how the officers respond to violent offenders, whether they are white, red, brown, black or green or suffer from mental-health issues or drug addictions or are repeat violent criminals let out on bail?

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These academics know nothing of what they speak. No one waits for them, with a weapon, to ambush or kill them when they go to work. Let me ask them, “How would you respond if you thought your life was on the line?”

Academics, with their big brains and lofty ideas, generally have no practical experience.

The saying goes, ”Walk a mile in my shoes,” and until you do, hush!

BETTY-ANNE TREMBLAY

(Thanks for writing.)

LET’S SELFIE

This came to me in a nightmare, sung to the great Beatles’ Let It Be.

When I find myself with a fifty-dollar lettuce/Justin Trudeau speaks moistly/Let’s Selfie, Let’s Selfie, Let’s Selfie, Let’s Selfie, that’s my only answer, Let’s Selfie. And when the voting public eating tins of cat food agree, Trudeau’s not the answer, no more selfies, Pierre must be the answer, no more selfies.

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TERRY TOLL

CAMPBELL’S BAY, QUE.

(Your nightmares sound delightfully inspired — and clairvoyant — how did you know we are currently eating tuna right out of the can?)

CONSPIRACY THEORY?

Re: Despite infighting, “Freedom Convoy” reunion will go ahead in Winnipeg, says one organizer, online edition, Jan. 2

I was on Amazon the other day and was looking at World Economic Forum leader Klaus Schwab’s book, The Great Reset, and then watched half a dozen videos on YouTube of Schwab discussing his “Great Reset” ideas. Some readers might have been a bit confused by reporter Jacquie Miller’s statement that Schwab’s “Great Reset” is “another conspiracy theory.” Really? How can a dispassionate journalist call his book a conspiracy theory?

As a retired RCMP officer, I actually did real investigations for a living that were far more complicated than this. We need objective reporting.

RICHARD BERGMAN

OTTAWA

(Ah, YouTube. The fountain of fact, truth and real investigation…)

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