Today’s letters: Don’t underestimate the Canadian Tulip Festival

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Restore Tulip Festival funding

Re: The city should focus on saving the events we already have, April 26

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I applaud Bruce Deachman’s comment that the City of Ottawa should continue to contribute to the Canadian Tulip Festival at its usual level.

Public funding and support has made the festival an extraordinary success over the years and it would be a shame to diminish it now. The historical link between Canada and the Netherlands is worth preserving. The Tulip Festival plays an important role in this. Continues to grow.

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John Kruithof, Ottawa

The expert could be a politician

Re: Easter is a time to seek freedom from madness and fear.April 24:

Congratulations to Andrew Cohen for his wonderful and readable column last week. He wouldn’t wish her a life in politics, but wouldn’t it be great to have someone so wise and compassionate in public office?

P. O’Reilly, Ottawa

Surveys do not represent all of us

Re: Do people want more or less public spending? Depends on the April 26 survey:

Mohammed Adam’s article states that 63 per cent of Canadians want less government spending. Who are these people whose opinions seem to be counted in these surveys? Certainly not me. I never answer calls, texts, emails and surveys.

The fact is, it’s not 63 percent of Canadians. It is 63 percent of those surveyed.

How many people were surveyed in each of these surveys? We have a population of around 39 million.

Joanne Ewart, Perth

The love affair with cars threatens the environment

There have recently been reports that city buses are not being used to their full capacity.

I remembered this as I was watching cars in Centretown at 3 pm, bumper to bumper, crawling as far as the eye could see on the freeway. 417 and all adjacent streets in any direction.

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It reminded me of what the same vision would have been when I was young. First, the 417 ran along the zippers from east to west. There were also tracks running north and south along the east side of the canal, through Union Station, north next to the Chateau Laurier, across the Alexandria Bridge, through Hull, back across the river to Ottawa West and towards Kingston and Toronto.

In addition, there were trams that ran along the main routes of the city. I well remember riding one along what is now Byron Avenue to go swimming at Britannia Beach with my mum. Finally, dairy products arrived at our house, in reusable glass bottles, through vehicles whose carbon emissions could be reused as fertilizer. The baked goods arrived the same way.

As a result, our family of five had only one car. Now, many Centretown streets have two or three cars per family. Therefore, the increase in carbon emissions has more to do with our love affair with the automobile than with the increase in population.

Unfortunately, they are one of the causes of the extreme weather events and climate change that we hear about every day in the world.

Jill Courtemanche, Ottawa

Make way for Carney

Thank you Mr. Trudeau for your services. Now, how about opening up a seat in the constituency as soon as possible for Mark Carney to run? As a deputy, he can prepare to replace him in the next federal election.

Raymond Laflamme, Ottawa

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