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Letters to the editor, December 12, 2019 

Stadium funding, horrific housing and a defense of "asshole" pedestrians.


Stadium bias

All this talk of building a football stadium really doesn't sit well with me. I don't care for football—I'm a huge Formula Racing fan. I remember when council said it was too expensive for Halifax to host car races again, after the Moosehead Grand Prix of the early '90s. But now, after council's decision this week to put $20 million into a stadium, if I get in line maybe my dreams of going downtown to watch a world-class Formula event will become a reality because council will have to build a track for me. They really can't be sports biased. Can they?
— Michael Saunders, Halifax

Many believe there is a media bias against the effort to bring a CFL team to Halifax. A stadium, which would be used mostly for amateur sports as well as concerts and other shows, is a must for a growing city like Halifax, the only city of its size in North America without this type of facility. More money has been spent on non-profit facilities such as libraries, Nova Centre, the proposed downtown arts centre. Arts and culture should have their rightful place in the community, but so should sports. Build the stadium!
— Reg Smith, Moncton

Housing scandal

To Victoria Walton, thank you for your article "Falling through the cracks of low-income Indigenous housing" (The City story, November 28, titled "Hold up on federal funding leaves Tawaak Housing Association residents waiting on repairs" online). The photo caption with the story states that "Tawaak Housing has 30 unoccupied units due to damage and disrepair." As the story points out, there are over 100 people on the waiting list for housing. It was a shocking revelation to me.

There are excuses all up and down the line in your story: Federal, provincial and local. It seems HRM is the only hero in this tale of failure. At least their inspector saw the mess and told the landlord. Fix it!

Tawaak Housing Association executive director Brian Dezagiacomo said that "money should be flowing very soon." I've heard that line before in other areas of political concern. Krista Higdon from the Department of Municipal Affairs committed to completing the repairs by 2028. What! We are talking about terrible, awful unliveable conditions that exist now. The departments whose job it is to maintain housing that already exists don't even take it seriously.
—Anne Moynihan, Halifax

On the good foot

In regard to the comments from All Those Who've Had Enough directed towards "all inconsiderate and stupid asshole pedestrians and bicyclists" (Love The Way We Bitch, November 21): The first five words of the quoted phrase would no doubt be invoked in legal arguments attempting to avoid prosecution under our hate speech laws, specifically Sections 319(1)and 319(2) of the Criminal Code. Would such arguments be legitimate? To Had Enough: May you learn the need for kindness in this world before you do too much harm to yourself and others. To Coast staff: Be warned that your decision to publish hateful speech could cause real harm. To all pedestrians and cyclists: Thank you for doing what you do.
—J. Shimeld, Halifax


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