Today’s letters: Which World Cup soccer players are the real heroes?


Thursday, Nov. 24: On the FIFA World Cup and human rights. You possibly can write to us at

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Which soccer group is heroic?

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Two current articles within the Citizen in regards to the FIFA soccer match in Qatar caught my consideration. One article described the Iranian group’s refusal to sing the Iranian nationwide anthem. This was in solidarity with the mass protests in opposition to Iran’s dismal human rights document, significantly because it pertains to the strict Islamic costume code and the remedy of ladies.

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Given the regime’s document of coping with dissent it’s affordable to imagine that Iran’s soccer group, once they return to Iran, will likely be topic to harsh remedy for his or her silent help of the protesters.

The opposite article describes the risk by FIFA to problem a “yellow” card to gamers who put on armbands to protest Qatar’s dismal human rights document. The seven European captains had beforehand introduced that they might put on  the bands to spotlight human rights violations because it impacts gays, ladies and migrants. Subsequent to the FIFA risk, the European groups determined to desert their plan to put on the armbands.

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It’s affordable to imagine that the European soccer groups, once they return to their respective international locations, will proceed to obtain the excessive adulation and excessive salaries that they’re accustomed to.

So, let me pose the next query: To which soccer group(s) would you ascribe the phrase “brave” and to which soccer group(s) would you ascribe the phrase “cowardly”?

Edward Lander, Ottawa

Why I’m boycotting the World Cup

The litany of odious occasions on the Qatar World Cup — together with homophobia, mistreatment of migrant employees, and (to me anyway) apparent corruption with the awarding of the rights to this nation — has led me to boycott this dismal occasion. I’m a sports activities fan so this can be a sacrifice however I can’t in good conscience have something to do with the occasion or FIFA.

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David Polk, Blackburn Hamlet

NCC bumbled alongside on 24 Sussex

Re: 24 Sussex closing for security, although report suggests some points are minor, Nov. 19.

Right here we go once more. The NCC has introduced the closing of 24 Sussex Drive for main renovations. The most recent estimate for renovations is $36.6 million; demolishing and rebuilding would price $40 million.

I don’t care if Hollywood stars wish to spend their monies on ultra-million-dollar mansions however I DO care that the NCC has been spinning its wheels for years over “fixing” the prime minister’s official residence, writing 81-page stories on that topic, and has achieved nothing to keep away from the rising prices paid by our taxpayers’ {dollars}.

In the meantime the prime minister and household are usually not dwelling there. I counsel the undertaking be given to Mike Holmes or Bryan Baeumler to demolish and rebuild.

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Laurence Olivier, Gloucester

Trudeau confirmed much-needed management

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed management when it was missing by the mayor, our premier and all of our police forces. The Constitution of Rights and Freedoms permits Canadians to peacefully protest and I’ve been to quite a lot of protests on Parliament Hill myself. The convoy was not a peaceable protest. It was a gaggle of people that occupied town and damage Ottawans dwelling and dealing downtown.

The phrase in our Structure, “peace, order and good authorities,” is an expression that permits the federal authorities to make use of legislative powers in areas of emergency and nationwide concern. After the declaration of he Emergencies Act, the police lastly ended the illegal protest in Ottawa.

Nancy Biggs, Orléans

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