Letter: The Expositor tackles the important issues of our day

Kudos to this newspaper for discussing climate change in particular

To the Expositor:

It’s super to read that the Toronto International Film Festival included ‘The Water Walker,’ a documentary on Manitoulin’s Autumn Peltier, and an interview with her and climate activist Greta Thunberg, two remarkable teenagers fighting to protect the environment and the future of their generation. (‘Autumn Peltier and Greta Thunberg share virtual podium in TIFF forum,’ September 23, Page 1). I hope to have a chance soon to see ‘The Water Walker’ and the other documentary, ‘I am Greta.’ 

That issue of The Expositor especially was packed with news about the environment. The Expositor is living up to its name, bringing this news to our attention. What affects the environment affects our lives. I try to keep up with environmental issues, but the general media often gives environmental news short shrift, so I appreciate your coverage, especially as it pertains to us here. Monarch butterflies preparing for their amazing journey to Mexico even made the front page. 

I worry about the many ways we are putting stresses on wildlife and nature, but the over-arching stressor is the buildup of greenhouse gases in the air causing the global climate crisis. That’s the stressor that threatens life on Earth as we know it, even if we can get other things like pesticides and plastic pollution under control. So, I eagerly read the good-news article about the new podcast for middle school and high school-aged youth regarding the climate crisis, called ‘The Big Melt.’ 

The same Expositor issue also covered the recent ruling on the court case against Doug Ford’s carbon tax sticker law. Everyone who fills their gas tank has seen these stickers. I was relieved to learn that now the Ford government can’t force gas stations to display them. In my view, the stickers were highly misleading because the carbon-tax-and-rebate is not really a “tax,” at least not in the normal sense of the word. Sure, we pay a bit more at the gas pump, but most people get that money back in their tax returns. According to the Parliamentary Budget Office, 80 percent of people at least break even. Is it really a “tax” if you get your money back? Perhaps it should be called a “cash-back pricing system.”

It takes a team to make a newspaper, and The Expositor has one of the best. No wonder you keep earning newspaper reporting awards.

Jan McQuay