Letters to the editor, May 2, 2019

These are the letters and comments from the print edition.

Halifax is garbage at garbage cans
Hello to "A member of the Halifax community," who wrote the letter in last week's Coast about the overflowing garbage bin with the garbage all mixed together ("Recycling far from home," Reply all). The bin you were referring to is a single bin where, yes, all the garbage, compostables, bottles, cans, et cetera are mixed together.

HRM does have designated bins that label four different streams—paper, organics, recyclables and garbage—at specific spots such as bus terminals and public lands like Point Pleasant Park. Unfortunately, if you watch, HRM bags all four of these together when clearing out these separate bins. The paper, organics, recyclables and garbage are all bagged together regardless of the diligence of Halifax/Dartmouth citizens doing their part in putting their refuse into the proper bin. HRM then, I assume, tosses out these into the landfill without sorting as the HRM citizens have. —extinctionrebellion/Halifax

PEI's Liberal loss
Prince Edward Island's recent election was more than the electorate throwing out a government that had worn out its welcome after three terms. Anti-Trudeau sentiment is reportedly strong on the Island, and it is noteworthy that Justin wasn't campaigning there, given his propensity to jetset here, there and everywhere else. Did Island Liberals deem him a liability?

The federal election is a mere six months away and, given the PM's unpopularity in this Maritime province, a transfer of provincial voting patterns to the federal level is a distinct possibility. Look for Conservatives to do well where Progressive Conservatives won provincially. Ditto for federal Greens, who are poised to do well in the same areas as their provincial counterparts.

Days of three-to-one wins or four-seat federal Liberal sweeps may be at an end, at least temporarily. Cardigan and Malpeque are very much in play for Andrew Scheer's Tories, and look for a strong Green challenge in Charlottetown and perhaps Egmont.

Four seats in the overall federal context may not seem like much. But if Trudeau can lose in Prince Edward Island, he can lose anywhere. —Kris Larsen, Halifax

It might have been published in another paper, but still Robert Miller's recent opinion article should be a wake-up call to health minister Randy Delorey and premier Stephen McNeil's government. Miller clearly sets out why we desperately need more long-term care beds, not only in the Annapolis Valley but across the province. At the same time, it is truly unfortunate that he and his emergency doctor colleagues in the Valley had to set up a GoFundMe to finally get action from the government on this critical situation. It appears that for the McNeil government, "crisis" does not exist in its vocabulary.

ACE (Advocates for the Care of the Elderly) strongly supports the efforts of Miller and a growing number of people across the province to get more long-term care beds and facilities built, and to end the chronic underfunding and understaffing of long-term care. One important starting point would be for the minster to provide a detailled response to the Expert Advisory Panel Report on Long-Term Care, three months after that report was publicly released, and to communicate what they are planning to do. The needs of the elderly should no longer be ignored! —Gary MacLeod, chair of the ACE team, Halifax

Age of Uber
The cab companies have had a monopoly on fee-for-ride services for well over 100 years, and in all that time they failed to produce a system that delivers safe, clean, reliable, quick, competent service. That should be the go-ahead signal to the politicians to permit independent operators and ride-share options such as Uber and Lyft to obtain one-off licences. The cream will rise to the top, and the rapists, robbers and over-capacity will quickly fall by the wayside with the increased competition. —Don MacK, via email

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