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Village Voice - Letters to the Editor - Dec. 16, 2016

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Story behind quarry story

I would just like to give the background information to Glenna Burns’ article (Don’t aggravate the aggregates, Dec. 2, page 6).

            The CBC news of Sept. 18 carried a story where the Ontario Court overturned an OMB decision to back Richmond Hill council.

            The Wellington Advertiser Newspaper carried an article on Sept. 2, saying the Municipality of Milton gave $10,000 to

the local Concerned Residents Coalition to fight a proposed quarry near Rockwood at an OMB hearing.

            This donation was given on Aug. 22, two months after Guelph-Eramosa council provided a $70,000 donation.

            On Oct. 15, I wrote to the mayor and council, giving them these prime examples of councils showing their support for their constituents. I asked them what they are doing for us to show their support

            When I did not receive a reply, I emailed the coalition in Guelph and asked how their municipality supported them financially. I sent a second email to the mayor and council on Oct. 25, saying I was going to have a conversation with the CRC.

            I said: “I'm assuming the reason I have not heard from you is that you are trying to find ways that you can help us. Before I speak with the CRC please forward to me any pertinent questions you think I should ask.” They never replied.

            On Oct. 27, when I didn’t hear back from ANYONE, I called the mayor and Councillor Peter Raymond, asking why they had not responded to both of my emails. I received voice messages from them saying my letter was going to be addressed as correspondence at the Nov. 1 meeting. And we all know the outcome of that meeting.

            In 2015, we paid a lawyer to do a delegation to show them how they could overturn the previous council’s decision. I gave our mayor and council this information to show them another way municipalities are backing their constituents. I gave this to them to help them do their job and support us like they said they would. Instead they handed it to the CAO. Makes us wonder who runs the show?

Ruth Pillsworth

Trent Lakes

How to enjoy the bush

            I really enjoyed your editor’s column (From my perch, page 3) in the Nov. 18 issue. Here are a few tips that could make your next adventure in the great outdoors less stressful.

            First, make sure your phone is fully charged, then put it on airplane mode. It uses a lot less battery because it’s not constantly searching for a signal.

            Most phones have a map app. While not in airplane mode open the map, go to satellite view and pin your starting location, go back to airplane mode and head out. To check your location if you’re lost, turn off airplane mode, open the map and look for your pinned start location, it acts like a GPS and you’ll find your way home.

            Let people know where you’re going and approximately when you will be back.

            In a fanny pack or back pack, carry any meds you might need, water, a small flashlight (with extra batteries), some energy bars, a good knife, a loud whistle, a lighter with some dry tinder in a zippy bag and a survival blanket.

            If you are using a backpack add some para-cord and a small (8-x-10-foot) poly tarp. It’s lightweight, and makes a good shelter if you do have to overnight it.

            With these few things you’re sure to get by with less stress and enjoy your day in the bush. Be a good “boy scout” and “be prepared.” And enjoy.

            I’ve spent most of my adult life in the bush, hunting or just wandering about enjoying the outdoors. I always go out prepared. I respect the bush, and I try not to panic if I can help it.

Bill LeGard

Bobcaygeon

We need an unbiased press.

            While the subject is still a hot topic I want to discuss the American election. I want to discuss this loudly because it needs to be.

            We need to see how badly deluded we were, how let down—lie after lie to try and fool the public, and herd them towards an ill-informed decision in such a hollow deceitful way.

            I am of course referring to the “Lame-stream Media.” This is the big take away from the election. All the major networks formed a camp of solidarity and exalted or denigrated one or other of the candidates without allowing the facts to get in the way. They used inflammatory language and skillful editing to mislead and divide.

            By focusing on division and anger to make their points, they have polarized peoples’ positions to the point where no rational discussion seems possible—not just between sides, but also among objective observers who took neither side but wanted only to discuss the issues.

            The lame-stream media, by promoting their biased positions, have goaded people into thinking that because their candidate did not win the election, it is okay to change the rules after the fact. This comes after everyone had agreed beforehand that the rules were acceptable to each candidate.

            In fact, I think it was Donald Trump who expressed concern about the validity of the outcome because of the brain washing of the public by a biased press. Trump was swiftly chided by the side that is now protesting the outcome. I believe we call that irony.

            Abe Lincoln, in his famous speech, tells us: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” We need to accept other opinions even if they differ from our own. The only way to change someone’s opinion or belief is by free and open discussion.

            The other point is that the media does have a bias and will misrepresent the truth if it suits their need. We need to start remembering this deception, which has been going on for a while. A pattern is emerging.

            I will make an exception for our local news providers. Election reporting and local issues are covered in a fairly even-handed manner. This is a recommendation to continue with that, along with the printing of letters, even if you don`t agree with the position. That is the duty of the press.

            The big winner in all this is the alternate media, which in many cases did a better job reporting the truth. I do realize there is everything out there online. But at least you can choose; you can listen to many different viewpoints.

            After a while you will find some who are really doing a great job. I can recommend: Corbett Report, Media Monarchy, We are Change, The Keiser Report, Zero Hedge, to name but a few.

            A full understanding comes not from a single news source, but from many.

Steve Clarke.

Bobcaygeon

Thanks from the skating club

            On Oct. 15, the Bobcaygeon Skating Club and Country Ford hosted a Ford Drive for Your community event and barbeque at Strang’s Valu-Mart. We would like to say a special thank you (See photo, page X) to Steve Smith and the local Ford dealership for helping us with this amazing fundraising event—and for their donation.

            We would also like to thank Strang’s for allowing us to use their parking lot for the day and barbeque. This event would not have been so successful without all the people who came out to test-drive a car. And to all those who generously donated, sponsored prizes and volunteered during the day, thanks to you too.

            This fundraising event raised $3,500 for our club. The funds will go a long way to ensure we are able to continue to offer our “learn-to-skate” programs to area families.

Rachel Charity

Bobcaygeon Skating Club

Cost Neutral? Really?

            There are only three pots of money: the federal pot, the provincial pot, and the municipal pot. Those three pots are filled with taxpayer’s money. Governments have no product, they make no profit, they put nothing in the pots.

            Governments play a shell game. The feds take a chunk of tax money, then give a bit to the province, who gives a bit to the City of Kawartha Lakes. All three governments take their substantial cut to pay their staff. The three highwaymen rob the taxpayers then split the booty.

            There are no “cost-neutral” projects. The cost of the $8 million CKL building (See Big budgets approved, Dec. 2, page 6) will, at some point in the game, be taken from our wallets.

            Once we have the building then it becomes a financial liability—maintenance, heating, interior upgrades, security, and the like. We will pay for them too.

            In this modern age, paper-pushers can work just as well from home. There is no need to house them in a new building. We are still maintaining empty buildings of the former municipalities. What is wrong with using them as satellite offices? And what is wrong with staying put?

            Remember that we have so many people who, because of taxation, live in substandard conditions, have insufficient food, and are cold at night. Unfortunately, we live in the post-truth political age. Facts and ethics count for nought.

            The same argument is true for the mysterious “funding” to support the cost of our water and waste-water systems. All “funding” is our tax money.

            It is depressing to think that the “brains” behind CKL, the staff, think that we can’t see through this nonsense. It’s even worse to know that council cannot see it at all.

Peter Weygang

Bobcaygeon

A challenge to conserve water

            I was reading an article recently by Kawartha Conservation asking the public and businesses to try to reduce our water usage. This is a good message as water levels are almost at a 30-year low.

            Then I was reading the Environmental Registry and saw that Lafarge Canada was issued a permit in November to take water from four wells in the City of Kawartha Lakes. The maximum they can take from each well ranges from 1,200 litres to 1.8 million litres daily.

            I thought, wow that is a lot of water this industry is taking. Why am I bothering to try to conserve? No more cutting showers short for me.

            I emailed an environmental engineer I know (my son) and told him I was becoming cynical. He shared his thoughts: industry does not use this much water all the time and the water they pull is hopefully from a very large, very secure, water source that can sustain a large withdrawal.

            I was reminded that because some industry uses more water doesn't mean your use is meaningless.

            Okay. I will continue to try to conserve. If all 13 million people in Ontario use one litre less a day, that’s a huge amount of water we can conserve.

            I still need to be conscious of the water I use—BUT so does industry. I hope Kawartha Conservation sent the same message to them.

            On the environmental registry there were also notices regarding other companies taking water for bottled water. That is a whole other "kettle of fish."

Janet Klein

Trent Lakes

Thanking Kinettes

            On Tuesday evening, Dec. 8, the Kinettes held their 48th Christmas party for the single ladies of Bobcaygeon.

            Held at the Legion, it provided an opportunity for neighbours and old friends to get together to celebrate the festive season.

            There was turkey with all the trimmings, lights, Christmas carols, gaily wrapped presents—and a hilarious rendition of the silly song: “eight old ladies locked in the lavatory; nobody knew they were there. . . .”

            The night ended with the ringing of bells announcing the arrival of Santa Claus, who had a gift for everyone.

            Well done, Kinettes.

Dorothy Hannon

Bobcaygeon

City naïve on closures

            Websters’ definition of “naïve” is: “having an unaffected or simple nature that lacks worldly experience, artless, lacking or revealing the lack of deliberate or careful analysis.”

            This word, naïve, so accurately describes the attitude of the mayor and bureaucracy in Kawartha Lakes city hall in the continued closure of community facilities outside Lindsay.

            To state that “staff recognize and appreciate the efforts of these volunteers, their dedication and community pride,” etc., and “intend to work with the local community to meet local community needs,” shows clearly how out of touch this centralized bureaucracy in Lindsay has become.

            They take away those things that communities work for and take pride in, and expect them to continue to help the bureaucracy. It’s an affront to our intelligence.

            Maybe the game is to force organizations to have to use city facilities, which have priced themselves out of the market.

            The writer would like to know how many facilities have been closed or had support reduced in Lindsay, as its contribution to this soul-destroying exercise, which has been centred on the rural communities?

Fred Brecht

Coboconk

The kitty litter question

            I believe the majority of us believe in recycling—and do responsibly recycle our waste. People are reasonable about the purpose, and respond positively—until it gets down to small, picky details which do not seem reasonable.

            Is the program truly this nit-picky? The gentleman’s letter in the Nov. 18 Kawartha Promoter (Clear bags unworkable, unfair, unreasonable) raised some relevant points. Why only one white bag?

            I use plastic bags from stores that don’t charge for them for kitty litter. Why should I pay for clear bags for kitty litter? What does council think can be hidden in soft, stinky bags of kitty litter?

            We are told this program is beginning because people are not recycling. How many people are not recycling?

            I have no problem with the large, clear bags. When I lived in Trent Lakes, this was introduced and I never had a problem with the white bags for kitchen garbage and other plastic bags for kitty litter or dog poop.

            Are the garbage-collecting people expected to inspect all garbage now, plus get around their route in the usual time? If, upon emptying my garbage can, a kitty-litter bag is seen in the large, clear bag, does the collector say—“Whoa, there’s a bag in this large, clear bag that isn’t clear. Put this bag of garbage back in the garbage can and leave it.”

            Should this happen, the can will stay there because I cannot lift it. I have to put the garbage bag and bin contents in the car and drive them to the curb to fill the garbage can and bins. No doubt there are many people in Kawartha Lakes who have trouble getting the garbage out and the containers back in every week.

            All such decisions have a ripple effect on individuals, so let’s have the questions answered reasonably, and adjust the process accordingly, and not left to bureaucrats who can only respond “because it’s the rule.” (Ed.—see The midnight hour approaches for clear bags, page X.)

Elizabeth Bray

Bobcaygeon

Farewell to Boon Docks

            Change is inevitable and life goes on, but it was a sad day seeing the sign, Boon Docks, being removed, heralding the closure of a unique and interesting business.

            Thank you Karen, for your ever-present smile and welcoming demeanour over the last seven years. It was always a pleasure vsiting your lovely store. You will be missed.

Val Holland

Bobcaygeon

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