Saturday, May 25, 2024

Letters

Reader Offers Thoughts on Federal Budget

Editor, The new capital gains tax introduced by the PM and his merry Liberal band in their recent budget is estimated to raise over $9 billion over the next five years. What they have failed to recognize is that this could drive many entrepreneurs from Canada, especially software and AI companies, who seek more advantageous capital gains taxes elsewhere. It is entirely...

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

Dear Editor; Good for Owen Sound Council! Clair Balfour’s April 18th letter asks why Owen Sound Council voted to support the Pumped Storage proposal when four other Councils opposed the proposal? I can clarify that. I’ll warn you. It’s pretty ugly. Councils who considered facts and performed due diligence have conditionally supported the proposal. Subject to key criteria being met. When the required...

Reader: Correcting Misconceptions

Editor, I’m unsure where Mr. Carr gets all of his numbers but some, many, are dubious to me. The assumption that EV owners will charge their cars to 100% every day is bogus. Even gas vehicle owners do not fill up every day. EV owners with no home plugin would not go to a public charger every day either. The assumption...

Pumped Storage Unknowns

Dear Editor, Firstly, kudos to the Meaford Independent for being our best local advocate and political watchdog, thank you! There has been much controversy about the pumped storage contract, and as much as I've read about it I still have several crucial unanswered questions which go to the heart of the viability of the project. 1. Who's paying for this project? As...

Reader Wonders Where Workers Will be Housed if Pumped Storage Project Moves Forward

Dear Editor, With all the pros and cons of the proposed pumped-storage project buzzing around, I'd like somebody to answer this question: "Where are workers and their families going to live?" From Wasaga Beach in the east, to Owen Sound in the west, and to nearby points to the south of Meaford, including Meaford, there is a shortage -- perhaps non-existence --...

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...