Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Letters

Thoughts on Owen Sound Council’s Conditional Support of Pumped Storage Proposal

Dear Editor, During Owen Sound's March 25 Council meeting, Councillor Jon Farmer asked why staff were recommending a sudden vote of support for TC Energy's pumped storage project in Meaford, which had been the subject of stormy debate for at least four years. "I don't understand the rush," he said. It is all too clear why the company was putting pressure...

Enbridge Gas Responds to Recent Letter

Editor, I am writing on behalf of Enbridge Gas in response to the letter to the editor published on April 5, 2024, titled “Thoughts About Bill 165” written by Melissa Tervit of Meaford. While we appreciate the author’s perspective, we would like to provide some additional information on the Ontario Energy Board's (OEB) rebasing decision and its impact on Enbridge...

Frustrated With Dog Owners Who Leave a Mess, But Thankful For Those Who Help Clean Up

Dear editor: A big thank you to Sandy, what a community minded person. Also to Karen, who came along and helped Sandy finish up. Thank you ladies for your time and energy. You are good people. We have a problem with a few dog owners who do not pick up after their dogs and dog owners that pick up after their...

Reader Expresses Frustrations of Dealing With Municipality

Editor, I received a letter from the Municipality of Meaford, dated April 2. Some background to this event is needed. From my early teens, for more than twenty years I was employed in municipal road maintenance and construction. While my main career veered elsewhere, the connection to roads operations never completely ended. In the last few years, I've been increasingly alarmed at...

Projecting Ahead to 2035 for Electric Vehicles

Editor, The Government of Canada is mandating all new cars manufactured in 2035 be electric. Presently there are 9.4 million cars operating in Ontario. I believe it would be a very conservative estimate to assume there will be 1 million electric cars (EVs) by 2035 in Ontario. There are already 270,000. Most of these cars will be charged overnight. A...

Reader Not Impressed With Province ‘Bullying’ LCBO to Reintroduce Paper Bags

Editor, Did I miss the day that most of the provincial issues of affordability of food, shelter healthcare, and other basics needs of life are all pretty much solved? I’m so glad that Doug Ford has focused on the next major Ontario problem by bullying the LCBO into re-introducing paper bags. Articles about this ridiculous “initiative” seem to focus on what the...

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Reader Suggests Government’s Investment in Healthcare Too Little, Too Late

Dear Editor, The province announced a $110 million investment to create new and expanded inter-professional primary care teams. Our MPP, Rick Byers, says our share is $1,695,000, which is less than 2% of the total. Mr. Byers said it will help connect “approximately 4,000 unattached patients in Durham, Markdale, Meaford, Owen Sound, Saugeen Shores and Wiarton.” Specifically, a new Indigenous...

Thoughts About Bill 165

Dear Editor, Thank you so much for including my previous letter in the Meaford Independent. As someone who cares about our shift to cleaner energy sources, I found the recent press release from the Western Ontario Wardens Caucus, featured in the March 14 edition of the Meaford Independent, quite intriguing. It talked about the Keeping Energy Costs Down Act, 2024, which...

Thankful For New Marriage Policy at Grace United

Editor, I have my own rant and rave to share with you and the community. My rant is about how many people view and treat people who identify as two-spirited, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transexual, queer, intersex, asexual and other (2SLGBTQIA+). It breaks my heart that people do not listen and learn and see beyond misinformation and narrow stereotypes. It angers...

Reader Questions Opposition to Pumped Storage Proposal

Dear Editor, There are many questions that need to be answered with the Pumped Storage proposal, but it seems that too many people don’t want to know the truth. If they got away from propaganda and seriously thought about it, they would save themselves a lot of worry. For instance, it defies logic that DND would allow civilians to work in...

Trees & Outdoor Spaces Important For Students

Editor, Thank you to everyone, both School Board staff and concerned parents and community members for attending the March 21st information session at Macphail regarding the portable placement proposal and impact on the “Kindy Forest”. I did not grow up in this area, but I am no stranger to rural communities. That is one of the reasons I love living and...

Thoughts on Council Remuneration

Editor, Regarding your recent editorial about the councillors receiving little pay, perhaps “little” needs defining: When I was Reeve of Thornbury in 1977 and 1978, the pay was $1,000 per year, which equates to $4,723 in today’s dollars. Councillors received a bit less, the Mayor a little more. I doubt my old friend Ed Besworth made much more as Reeve of Meaford....

Reader Suggests Moratorium on TC Energy Project – Wants Answers About Contamination, Remediation and Long-tern Public Health

Dear Editor, There are many concerns about the environmental harms TC Energy's proposed pumped storage project will have on a part of the Niagara Escarpment – a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve – and the waters and aquatic ecosystem of the Georgian Bay basin. They range from causing fish kills and endangering species at risk; to destroying wildlife habitats; increasing greenhouse...

Pumped Hydro vs Battery Grid Storage

Editor, I have owned lithium storage batteries for 10 years. 100 kw in my car and 40kw in storage for my solar system. I know a lot about their reliability, strengths, vulnerabilities and costs. If you buy grid storage batteries today and for the next several years, you will buy Lithium Ion Technology. Other battery technologies are under development but are...

Thankful For Recent Performance at Meaford Hall

Editor, This is a quick note to thank the Meaford Hall for last Thursday’s “Sue Foley: One Woman Guitar” concert. From the first bars of Ms. Foley’s blues intro on her Spanish guitar to her clear emotive vocals, I knew we were in for a great ride. It was a great show for fans and new fans alike. She pays tribute to...

Gambling Ads Still Feature Celebrities & Sports Stars

Editor, Several months ago, I had my letter published regarding the excess of commercial ads encouraging gambling. Effective February 28, 2024, there was a supposed “ban” on sports stars, entertainers, influencers and other celebrities from appearing in commercials encouraging people to gamble. Yeah, right! Thanks to the incompetence and indifference of both AGCO and the Provincial government, a hole was left in...