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Changes in Family Structure – For better or for worse Dear editor, In your article ‘Family not what it used to be’, you mentioned that Canadians are finding new ways to live together in an increasingly complex world, and that time will tell if it is for better or worse. I believe it is for the better, because family traditions should develop over time, it is not good to be stuck in the past, and it is a natural process for humanity to change as the world transforms. The 2011 census in Canada states that there are 64,575 same-sex couples both married and living common-law. This number has increased rapidly over the years. I think this statistic is positive and shows improvement to the society. Before, when family traditions were different, homosexuals were not allowed to be married or even live together because it was not right. You stated in your article that in 1961, 92% of Canadian families were led by a married heterosexual couple. This means that only 8% were not, which illustrates how strong family traditions used to be. Homosexuals were simply not allowed to live a life they desired. This is very unfair, and that is one reason why I enjoy watching the Canadian family traditions change, and why I think it is for the better. Another reason why I think it is for the better is that it is a natural process for humanity to change as the world transforms. Today is the future. “Today Is The Tomorrow You Were Promised Yesterday” (Victor Burgin). This states that there is always a new day, there is a future, and it will be different than your days in the past. A change. If the environment changes, people adjust to it. If new science and technology comes out, people learn about it. If the world changes, people change with it. It is never good to be stuck in the past. If people in Canada would have the same traditions as they did in 1961, it would mean nothing had changed, nothing had developed and no one had learned a thing. Therefore I believe that Canadians are finding new ways to live together in an increasingly complex world, and that it is for the better! Sincerely, Martine Mørken


Changes in family structure – for better or for worse