sprinkled with somber reminders of the reality of how we not only put behind us the truth of who's land we intruded upon, of who was here first, but also of how we the ruling animal referred to as the human race as a whole, have so completely lost touch with mother earth and nature. While I am a gear-head and a techie for sure, when I try to fathom through Mr. Williams' stories of what we have lost through "progress", I can't help but wonder if that industrial revolution was really such a good thing?
We need more minaajim in this world and less political ramblings...
Our lakes matter
Dear Mayor Letham and Council,
On behalf of the Environmental Advisory Committee of Kawartha Lakes, I am writing this letter of concern.
It has come to our attention that the city is considering removing Lake Management Plan funding from the 2017 Operating Budget. We respectfully believe that this would be a detrimental decision for the long-term viability of our City.
These plans came to life after much public consultation and input received by your Environmental Advisory Committee. By far, the number one environmental concern was lake health. These findings were presented to Council, they listened, and action was taken.
Lake Management Planning is part of the City’s Strategic Plan and should be considered a core service. The economic sustainability of the City could be challenged, if lake management actions are cut. Tourism is one of our largest industries and our economic viability is tied to the health of our lakes.
Lake management plans have been well received by the public. The Community Advisory Panel consists of many lake taxpayers as well as representation from your Environmental Advisory Committee. Many seasonal residents, who may be affected by the possible changes are not around to voice an opinion.
In 2017, COKL funding will leverage more than $170,000 in other grants which will help to move the plans into actions. Now is the time to stay the course so Kawartha Lakes will remain the tourist destination we all depend on.
Thank you for your consideration,
Chair, Environmental Advisory Committee
City of Kawartha Lakes
Keep our gem downtown
The City of Kawartha Lakes is considering moving the Bobcaygeon Library to the upper floor of Bobcaygeon Service Centre from its current location on Canal Street, across from Lock 32. The following is a letter I’ve sent to David Harvie, Chief Librarian for the City of Kawartha Lakes, in response.
Dear Mr. Harvie,
As a change to the location of the Bobcaygeon Library is currently under discussion, I would like you to consider the following:
• I realize that your original intention was to expand the current building but a large portion of this funding was withdrawn and reallocated by City Council to reduce 2016 tax increases. My question is, what was the basis for the decision to expand the Bobcaygeon Library in the first place and was that calculation realistic in terms of the reality of our library usage?
• A number of years ago, City Council approved moving the library to the Bobcaygeon Service Centre. As I recall, only after that decision was overturned, was it revealed that $200,000 would be required to reinforce the current Service Centre structure to accommodate the library. If that was the cost then, what would it be now?
• The economic benefits of the library will undoubtedly be reduced if moved. The summer months bring many people by boat who wish to access the Internet and Wi-Fi, borrow books, and rent DVDs, providing significant revenue, through service charges, to the library. This will change should the move happen as boaters will not likely walk to the Service Centre.
• What happens to this historic building should the library be moved? Will City Council decide to sell it off “to reduce future tax increases”?
• Accessibility is another consideration. Currently, the library is centrally located and therefore accessible to the many seniors living in the core of the village. Many of these seniors no longer drive.
• Aside from financial factors and accessibility, the Bobcaygeon Library, in its current location, is felt by many to be a gem. Today, so much relates to dollars and cents, but this is about our history and the uniqueness of this community facility.
I believe that these are just some of the reasons why the Bobcaygeon Library should stay where it is currently located.
Let us stand together
After an American presidential campaign that has inflamed and divided, it is an understatement to say that tensions in North America are high. We, Kawartha Highlands Presbytery of The United Church of Canada, are deeply concerned by recent acts of violence and intolerance not only in the United States, but here in Canada – in our own backyard.
We call all people to reject this violent culture of hate, and to choose with us the challenging and necessary path of acceptance, listening, peace, and radical love.
As Christians, we strive to live in the way of the Gospel: a way of justice, compassion, forgiveness, and hope. Our faith compels us to stand with those marginalized by our social order. We applaud, support, and encourage any people living out these ideals.
There is no room in our faith (nor, we pray, our country) for discrimination based on one’s colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, or economic status. This is a standard, which the Church has not always met, and for that, we repent and recommit ourselves to our faith and to the outcast.
We call for all people to join us by standing in solidarity with those who are threatened by discriminatory violence and hate, and to use your voice and hands for the work of love.
Rev. Rodney Smith-Merkley