Letters & Tweets – October 2016

CPA Magazine readers respond to the August 2016 issue via mail and Twitter.

No place for politics

Re: Karen Wensley’s column “How Sorry Is Sorry?” (August), I am usually quite eager to read her column, as I have a keen interest in ethics.

My concern with this one is that it appears she has taken the opportunity to make a political statement when writing about the potentially emotionally laden subject of apologies. Political opinions aside, I see nothing in her credentials to suggest that she is in a position to state that our prime minister “has a temper that he is trying to keep under control.” There is no evidence offered to this effect, nor does Wensley promote herself as a clinical psychologist. Therefore, to the reader it appears that this is simply her opinion regarding the leader of our country. I also find the language in her concluding statement — “ask yourself if what you are doing now is something your grandchildren will be horrified by many years hence” — grandiose and over-the-top.

My disappointment extends to the editorial staff who chose to highlight the text regarding Trudeau’s apology when there were other choices. Again, it appears that a professional publication is being used to make a political statement.

I am a proud professional (CPA, CMA, CIA, CFE, CISA) who has worked very hard throughout my career to build a solid reputation for quality work not sullied by political affiliations or opinions. I would like to hold our professional association to the same level of non-partisan conduct. I will be reading future publications with a greater degree of skepticism as a result of this column.

Leanne Ashdown, Regina

Failing readers

I am more than shocked to see the lead article (“The Secrets to His Success”) in the August edition about an individual who has not honoured his financial commitments to a charitable not-for-profit institution.

While no doubt Michael Lee-Chin has been very successful, his image has been tarnished by his not fulfilling his donation commitment to the Royal Ontario Museum.

Why has no mention of his failure to meet his commitments been included in the article? By not doing so, I believe that CPA Magazine has failed CPAs.

Bill Fearn, Toronto


Mitigate the risk of human error

(I Robot, CPA, August)

Very interesting article. Thanks. One of the benefits of cloud-based ERP is that the reduced cost of entry allows smaller organizations to utilize bigger, more powerful ERP software systems. These ERP systems mitigate the risk of human error that tends to happen when transactions are maintained in Excel systems.

Bruce Nunn