July 14: Outdated tax system, cancer aid, questions from Rogers and other letters

Voting and taxes

I agree with ‘None of the above, please’ (July 9): I agree with this suggestion. The only way I and others have expressed this sentiment is at the provincial level. We did this by refusing our ballots and returning them. The problem has always been that these rejected ballots are counted, but never reported. The same can happen with “none of the above” ballots. Hopefully they will be reported if the suggestion is acted upon.

Want to get more people to vote? Save a few dollars on your taxes. Ask a budget officer to cost it.

Remember, money isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.

Cancer help

Regarding “Caring for Cancer Caregivers” (July 6): The Cancer Assistance Program (CAP) has provided free cancer services to cancer patients and their caregivers for 28 years to those in the greater Hamilton community . Our services include transportation to and from cancer-related appointments, equipment loans, personal care items including incontinence, and nutritional items. A monthly podcast, featuring local cancer experts, provides free cancer information and is a valuable resource for patients, family members and caregivers. In 2021 alone (despite the need to modify services due to COVID-19), CAP has saved cancer patients and their families over $675,000 through our free services.

Cancer hasn’t stopped with COVID and with the post-pandemic surge in cancer diagnoses, CAP will continue to provide “help when you really need it” to anyone facing a cancer diagnosis. .

As stated in the article, cancer forever changes the lives of those diagnosed and their families and friends. As a community-based organization that receives no sustainable government funding, CAP relies on fundraising and third-party events and the 150 volunteers who generously give their time each week to provide needed services and assistance. to cancer caregivers. To register for our free services or learn more, call 905-383-9797 or visit our website at www.cancerassist.ca.

Debbie Logel Butler, Executive Director

Questions from Rogers

So has Rogers’ IT department done it again? Did their negligence cause the Friday blackout that affected not just Rogers customers, but all sorts of others across Canada?

How tied are we to Rogers systems that ATMs, 911, etc. were impacted? Why are we so tied to Rogers in the first place? Rogers has a lot of things they need to answer for.

Democratic spirit

The problem of the first-past-the-post system would be solved if we respected the spirit of representative democracy (that is, if elected officials recognized that their first allegiance is to the people who elected them, and not to their political party or their leader).

Our current system of extreme and nonsensical emphasis on the leader of a political party is harmful to the functioning of representative democracy (and in the long run can be dangerously against our collective interest).

A Prime Minister’s power should not come at the expense of silencing backbench MPs by dictating how MPs should vote. Both the MP and the Prime Minister are elected alike to represent their constituency and work with other MPs to do what is best for the country.

Missing HATS

Many experienced and knowledgeable people participate in the Hamilton Alliance for Tiny Shelters (HATS). There are around 20 small compact houses ready to be planted and although Hamilton is 1,118 square kilometers in area, there is apparently no space available. Ashamed!

Obsolete tax system

About “The Ashtons: Fenwick to Waterdown” (July 8): Why are taxes so high in Waterdown, a suburb of Hamilton that borders Burlington? And why would their taxes be lower if they were attached to Burlington?

It’s because of our antiquated municipal tax system — a system that was made worse 20 years ago by the Mike Harris Conservatives’ taking of welfare from provincial coffers. Help for the poor in our communities should be distributed among provincial taxpayers and not entrusted to a small group. But that’s not how our system works.

Municipalities like Oakville and Burlington have much lower costs. Their residents are better off, healthier and better housed, while their infrastructure is not only newer, but better maintained as it puts less strain on their budget.

But why shouldn’t we, who have more, support our communities more? Has our social contract completely disappeared?

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