LETTERS — N.S. health-care system needs more than new infrastructure


More than new infrastructure needed

Premier Tim Houston and Karen Oldfield deserve a lot of credit for their efforts to tackle the problems within our health-care system. 

In the premier’s speech, there is great emphasis on infrastructure improvements. This is beneficial; however, what the Nova Scotia Health Authority really needs to do is improve the non-infrastructure elements of health care. Our frontline health-care professionals are over-worked because there are not enough of them and, relative to other provinces and management/administrative folks, they are underpaid.

Joe O’Brien, Halifax

We have to act now

Thank you for highlighting on the front page of your Dec. 22 edition that the Nova Scotia Nature Trust has succeeded in protecting another six ecologically important areas around Nova Scotia. Kudos to the nature trust and all of its supporters, including the provincial and federal governments, and its many donors, large and small.

As the pace of climate change and biodiversity loss accelerates, our efforts to reverse this trend must also accelerate if we are to hope for a livable future for our children and grandchildren. As Bonnie Sutherland notes, “There is a real sense that we have to act now.” 

May all levels of government and corporate decision-makers take this message to heart, and do what they can to further protect the health of the world future generations will live in.

Heather Leslie, Halifax

Misguided values

One just has to open one’s heart and look at all the atrocities taking place around the world in every city and town, not to mention all the wars and oppression of the weaker by the powerful.

With immediate exposure of worldwide atrocities and crimes against nature and humanity via the internet, radio and television, there is no excuse for anyone to not speak out against it at the very least. By just ignoring it, we are compliant by our silence.

The existing governments will never take serious action to thwart the modus operandi of those who propagate all of the injustice taking place, therefore it is up to us and only us ⁠— we the people, you and me ⁠— to speak out, petition our politicians, join and support organizations fighting for change, etc.

We need to understand this and the magnitude of change we can affect if only we unite for a common cause, just as we did for COVID. We have the power.

Love really is the answer and believing is the key.

Greg Murphy, Halifax

New approach for traffic rules needed

Clearly, the number of vehicle-pedestrian accidents is something that requires attention. If serious injuries or death occur six times more at 50 kilometres per hour than at 30 kilometres per hour, then maybe there are a few no-brainers to consider.

1. The province controls the decision to reduce and speed zones. According to my city councillor, Sam Austin, it is a very lengthy bureaucratic process to acquire permission to change to 40 km/h. Remove the barrier to reducing speeds to 40 km/h and let the municipality make the decisions based on facts rather than relying on the tenacity of city councillors to fight through the bureaucratic quagmire.

2. Nova Scotia municipalities do not have the authority to use electronic enforcement systems. The most recent Traffic Safety Act would allow “the Council of a Municipality to make By-laws respecting the use of electronic enforcement systems.” This means there could be red light radar and regular electronic enforcement for speeding. 

3. The number of pickup trucks on our roads has increased significantly in the past five years and they have grown in size. Generally speaking, the front hoods are higher. School buses have mirrors that allow the driver to see directly in front of the vehicle. Maybe it’s time to think about that for other vehicles which have obstructed views built into their design.

Jane MacKay, Dartmouth

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