Today’s Letters: On Long-Term Care in Ontario

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Long-term care must change for the better

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Re: Ontario’s long-term care system requires transformation, May 4.

We all know that the current institutional model of care in long-term care facilities is not working. How sad it would be for all of us if the care model didn’t change to emotion-based after all the research showing the positive benefits for residents, their families and staff.

A number of long-term care facilities, near and far, that have already implemented this transformative care model have proven that it works. In addition, it is also a recommendation of Ontario’s independent Long-term Care Commission. It’s a logical change. It’s the right change. Seniors deserve this and we all deserve it.

Debbie Seto, Ottawa

Why are pro-choicers afraid of discussion?

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Re: Canada, the fight for abortion rights is not over, May 11.

I am concerned about the biased views on abortion in the Citizen. Why not give voice to a sizable minority group who are pro-lifers? They are not all misogynists, fanatics, anti-feminists, etc. Most are decent ordinary people who happen to have a different opinion than pro-choicers, but they are shouted down or ignored by activists.

Yes, abortion is legal in Canada; yes, access should be granted when needed; and yes, pro-choicers have legitimate grievances about past, often horrific, cases. But this is the 21st century, health science and healthcare have moved on and in many cases there are legitimate reasons not to have an abortion. These reasons should be listened to and not branded as necessarily bad or extreme.

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Why are pro-choicers so afraid to have a serious conversation about some abortion issues?

Rafal Pomian, Ottawa

Abortion is about ethics, not politics

Re: US Supreme Court abortion ruling throws out half a century of legislation, May 4.

The issue of legal abortions is not just a “political hot topic”; it is a fundamental moral and ethical issue. No law can justify denying the right to life, and a society struggling to respect the dignity of human life cannot reasonably support legal abortion in the long run.

It was never about the so-called “right to choose”; it was always about the ‘right to life’ and that is the required honesty. While some will say that society must evolve and accept change, it is also arguable that some moral and ethical issues are so fundamental that they cannot be changed or destroyed. Perhaps the war in Ukraine has given us a much-needed wake-up call.

Don Pajot, Constance Bay

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