Sunday, January 24, 2021

Letters

A New Year Snowman

Editor, I would like to share this incredible snowman that my kids had built with their grandpa! I was amazed when I went to the backyard, turned the corner and saw this giant snowman being built up. It was heartwarming to see this, and one of my friends suggested that I email you with some good news!! As you can see...

Another Meaford Retailer Closes Shop

Dear Editor, The closing signs in the window of Stuff to Read/The Source is one of the saddest things I saw over Christmas. We lost the best part of the community. Al was always there for any author, musician, event planner, or person befuddled by technology. Now we have lost him. As he said, “If people insist on shopping out...

Budget Thoughts

Editor, I read the recent coverage of budget talks. First, the fact that anyone was present at the final meeting is amazing, considering the significant COVID upswing. It was interesting to read Mr. Bartley's comments about 'thousands of pages', and challenging anyone to find cuts. (For the record, I have no issue with Mr. Bartley;j ust responding to the municipal sentiment...

Residents Helped to Get Council to Pause on ITFD Plans

Editor, In the December 9 Meaford Independent’s article covering the Municipality of Meaford’s deferral of the sale of their 25% equity interest in the Inter-township Fire Department, no reference was made to the primary reason why six Council members voted in favour of taking more time to ensure that the interests of those most impacted were being considered. Two concerned taxpayers...

Reader Opposed to Proposed Conservation Authority Changes

Editor, I am a constituent and resident of Meaford, Ontario, and I am writing to express my strong opposition to Schedule 6 in Bill 229. I am requesting that Schedule 6 be removed from Bill 229. I am also requesting that the Ontario government show a better commitment to protecting Ontario's wetlands and forests. Protecting, supporting and recovering from COVID-19 should...

School Board Advises on Winter School Closures & Bus Cancellations

Dear Editor, Parents/Guardians: This is to update you on the process for school bus cancellations and school closures that may occur during the 2020 – 2021 school year. School bus cancellations are the decision of the bus companies, while school closures are the decision of the principal and Bluewater District School Board. This winter, school closure decisions will be impacted significantly...

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Access to Public Washrooms a Struggle During Pandemic

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, We had an experience last weekend that our restaurants should learn from. We had to go to Cambridge for family reasons. After three hours on the road and handling dogs and heaven knows what, we needed a toilet and soap and water. We stopped at a fast food restaurant where food is eaten with hands....

Greenbacks for Greenery

Letter to the Editor Editor, That is the title of an article from The Economist. It starts with "trying to solve one of renewables knottiest problems. Solar and wind power are intermittent, so green utility firms must store excess energy and release it when no sun shines or wind blows". At the top of the solution list is water pumped storage. Greenbacks...

Support For New Library

Letter to the Editor Editor, I am a proud supporter of our new Meaford library. We should as a community embrace this beautiful facility. Yes we have many empty stores and struggling restaurants—victims of COVID-19 and financial exhaustion. It is a stressful time.But there on a corner sits a wonderful building, a testament to people pulling together offering enrichment, education, a...

Reader: South Georgian Bay Is Under Siege

Letter to the Editor Editor, My wife and I are moving to Meaford this winter. We have been made aware of this “Pump storage” idea and to put it mildly we are very concerned! Environmentalists should be appalled that ANY such proposal that affects our pristine waters of Georgian Bay, or anywhere on our Great Lakes System should be viewed with EXTREME...

Concern That the Public is Being Misled

Letter to the Editor Editor, I am sharing this letter that I originally sent out to John Mikkelsen of TC Energy and copied our Mayor Barb Clumpus on Monday, October 12, 2020. I have not received any response from either to date. I can understand why TC Energy would not respond but I would expect that our Mayor should. Regardless of whether...

Grey Bruce Health Unit: Kindness not Bullying – Please

Letter to the Editor Dear Community, As COVID-19 cases continue to climb, I want to discuss a very important unintended consequence that has become more common in recent months. This unintended consequence is that many people and their families have been victims of bullying after testing positive for COVID-19.Please do not take this note as an indication that we are not...

Reader Not Impressed With New Library

Letter to the Editor Editor, I had a first time visitor to Meaford this week. Was proud to driver her around to view Memorial Park, Lakeview Cemetery, the harbour and waterfront, Meaford Hall, the old fire hall, was delighted to see tennis and pickleball courts. Everything was going find until she saw the new library. It sits there like a big 'blackhead'...

Reader: There is – Us and Them

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, Born and raised in Sydenham Township, to this day I call it home. Living just one concession from Georgian Bluffs and the City of Owen Sound I use all the amenities of these two municipalities. To provide my address as Meaford, is very confusing to many.I have been very fortunate to have the Emergency Services...

TC Energy Says Pumped Storage Facility is an Environmentally Responsible Solution For Ontario’s Growing Energy Demands

Letter to the Editor Editor, I would like to thank Meaford resident Caryn Colman for sharing her open letter to Alex Ruff, MP, which appeared in the October 9, 2020 edition of your paper, regarding TC Energy’s proposed Pumped Hydro Storage Project. Caryn suggests that we need to change our relationship with energy, at home and at work through conservation. She...

Reader: Pumped Storage Cannot be Honestly Defended

Letter to the Editor Editor, Ontario’s electrical energy consumers and taxpayers must demand transparency and honesty from TC Energy with regard to their continued pursuit of the installation of a pumped storage facility atop the Niagara Escarpment. TC Energy consistently falls short of this behaviour in its promotion and defence of this antiquated technology.TC Energy’s John Mikkelsen, in his recent submission...