Sunday, April 18, 2021

Letters

The Best Engineered Structures Are Subject to Failure

Editor, I would like to comment on the April 1, 2021 letter submitted by John Mikkelsen, Director, Power Business Development, TC Energy. His letter addressed the issue of 'Safety' of the proposed project. From my own experience in the mining industry, I can confirm that even the best engineered earth containment structures are subject to failure. There have been several recent...

COVID & Climate

Dear Editor, Dr. Jowett's thought-provokoing juxtaposition of these two areas of public concern begs the question: are we nervous of these issues because we lack enough facts or is it about contradictory conclusions drawn from the facts that we do have? Medicine and climate are areas of soft science where numbers can be used to suggest statistical correlations (e.g. CO2 and...

MP Ruff: Never Pass a Fault

Editor, The shocking allegations brought forward by women in the Canadian Armed Forces have made it evident that there are still members – and more disturbing – also senior leaders who somehow think improperly exercising their position of authority over women is acceptable. It’s not. I’m writing this to express my disappointment and as a call to action to my former Canadian...

TC Energy Responds to Recent Letter to the Editor

Editor, I would like to thank Louise Buccella for her letter, published in the March 25, 2021, edition of The Meaford Independent, in which she states her concerns regarding the safety of our proposed pumped hydro storage facility near Meaford. We understand that safety is important to the citizens of Meaford, particularly those who live near our proposed Pumped Storage Project....

Thoughts on Cost of New Library

To the Editor: I find your recent editorial relative to the 'actual' end cost ( to the ratepayer) of the new library to be somewhat misleading. You claim that ratepayers have the benefit of $1.3 million in development costs to be collected from new developments. This may be true eventually, but for now this $1.3 million had to be borrowed,...

Thoughts on COVID & Climate Change

Dear Editor, Confusion in people’s minds after seeing media reports on COVID or climate is understandable. We hear diverse things about a virus that is ‘novel’ and therefore not yet understood by our health practitioners, and we hear opposing opinions about climate and whether it could be controlled by humans. It appears that washing hands, physical distancing, wearing masks have all...

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Thoughts on Expansion of Paramedic Program in Grey County

Editor, Wonderful news! Our community paramedics are being bolstered to help keep seniors safe and in their homes. In our eighties, my husband and I can attest to their effectiveness, kindness, responsiveness, and expertise. Case in point: February 18, paramedics came to our home to test me for COVID. (I had been instructed by my eye surgeon’s office I had to be...

Reader Pleased With Vaccination Experience

Editor, A week ago I received a phone call to give me a date for my 'over 80 COVID vaccine date'. I arrived on time today Tuesday, March 16 at 1:45. There were many cars filling the parking lot and some 50 seats on the arena floor. Ten or twelve seats were unoccupied awaiting the next vaccine. I was promptly registered...

Reader: Proposed Project Will Be a Man-Made Environmental Disaster

Editor, In reference to your recent article dated March 11, 2021, 'This Week’s Rants', I wanted to acknowledge your support for the neighbouring community that could someday be impacted by the TC Energy’s proposed PSP. We are not a forest below a 375 acre reservoir with a 20m wall dammed as illustrated on the TC Energy website, but approximately 300 permanent...

Reader: Federal Conservative Party Denying Reality

Dear Editor: Although I saw the letter you received in response to my own letter submitted March 9th, I planned to ignore it. Presumably The Editor doesn't need readers lobbing sticks and rocks back and forth at each other in the paper like it's their own private chat room etc. Already did what I could. Better to just walk away. Then...

We Are in the Midst of a Climate Emergency

Editor, Ron Hartlen wrote in his letter of March 18 (responding to Mr. Mason’s letter of March 11) that there are “many well qualified, experienced scientists, geologists, geophysicists around the world who...tell us that there is no urgent CO2-emissions crisis.” He is correct, there are many who do so, however these many are still a minuscule proportion of scientists in...

Reflecting on the One Year Anniversary of COVID-19 in Grey Bruce

Editor, We are in the midst of exceptional, once-in-a-lifetime circumstances. It was on March 18 last year Grey Bruce saw the initial cases of COVID-19. Those first few cases were all travel-related. Ten days in, the tenth case for the region became the first attributed to community transmission. Infectious diseases are the origins of public health. A pandemic is something public health...

Reader Notes Meaford’s Doggie-Doo Problem

Dear Editor, I moved to Meaford in October. Yes, I am part of the COVID-inspired mass exodus from cities to a more quiet lifestyle closer to nature. I am very happy to be here and am generally excited for Meaford's future. I recently went for a walk through Beautiful Joe park and up part of Trout Hollow trail and was dismayed...

Praise For Ontario’s Medical Care & Meaford’s Hospital

Editor, On Monday, September 18, 2017, I got to see firsthand how lucky we are in Meaford to have such a dedicated and skilled emergency team. In the weeks prior to the said date, I had been feeling weak and felt like I was running on 'one lung'. I had difficulty climbing stairs and was always catching my breath. The weekend of...

In Defense of ‘Climate Deniers’

Editor, In his letter of March 9, Bruce Mason, with reference climate change, said, in part: "I usually find a way to tell deniers that they are too stupid to be in the room when the adults are talking..." Mr. Mason's style and language reflects that of those who use the arrogant, dismissive term 'climate deniers'. There are many well qualified, experienced scientists,...

Hard Truths Can Rightly Create Discomfort

Dear Editor, Years ago I saw a video of an interview that the former Vice President, Al Gore, was giving on TV. The subject was Climate Change denial. Mr. Gore compared fighting Climate Change to the fight for Civil Rights in the Southern U.S. in the 1960's. He said that Black Civil Rights leaders had done just about everything they...