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Re: Public Works’ procurement changes rile CATA, SMEs (Jan. 12)

The federal government claims that small and medium-sized business has some importance for them but takes our tax dollars

and says, in effect, “”you have to be a big corporation to work with us.”” Now, if only they’d take that attitude at taxation time — I mean, why not? Why don’t they exempt smaller and boutique companies from taxation — since we obviously don’t get any “”representation.””

Now, where did they put those boxes with the tea in them?

Jim Love, CMC
Managing Partner
True North

Re: Public Works’ procurement changes rile CATA, SMEs (Jan. 12)

It is unfortunate that the federal government in Ottawa is taking the agenda they are regarding Canadian IT firms. For many years the federal government was always quick to support small enterprise. The federal government should seriously reconsider this drastic and unpatriotic measure. The Canadian government would do well at this point to have Stephen Harper take over, as the Conservatives know the value of Canadian business!

Michael Higgs
Senior Consultant
Setforth HRIS Ontario

Re: Telus case calls role of privacy commissioner into question (Jan. 11)

I think that Telus chooses to do pretty much as they please because the alternative is someone like Englander who has the resources and the time and the determination to challenge them. This is the weakness of the system.

Robin Manson

Re: Don’t panic (Jan. 11)

Thanks for writing about the Elon/Pew Internet study. Your column was interesting and thought-provoking.

Of course, you were reacting to mass media reports on the study, which focused on the most sensational prediction about an Internet attack and failed to look deeper at the much more interesting predictions. We would like to encourage you and others to take the time to more fully understand the results of the survey. You can browse through the pages of verbatim responses on a variety of topics at:

Perhaps there is more here that would interest your readers.

Daniel J. Anderson
Assistant Vice-president
Director of university relations
Elon University

Re: Don’t panic (Jan. 11)

A Gallup poll taken in 1999 and a CNN poll taken in 1995 indicate that six per cent of the public believes that we did not go to the moon. By the way, that is the same percentage of people that don’t believe in God. And, according to Gallup, six per cent is the amount of people that believe in ANY poll of ANY question that is asked to them.

Opinions don’t matter. Believe what you want, but the truth remains unchanged. The same can be said about the future.

Robert Wiebe

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