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Reader Suggests That Approving 6 Stories Could Invite More Proposals

Dear Editor,

In reading some of the articles and comments from readers regarding the proposed LTC/'campus of care', I have found it impossible to not address at least one of the several issues. For example, I am not going to get into the fact that we have seen no proof that all of these units are actually necessary or that there is no proof it can be properly staffed.

Not one of us opposing the height of the proposed building has opposed the concept of usage for the property. By all means, build it and perhaps they will come.

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Support For Proposed Pumped Storage Facility

Dear Editor,

I am in favour of the proposed power station on the Meaford Tank Range. A social benefit of growing up in a small town is that you get to know and appreciate a wider spectrum of society: labourers, professionals, merchants, farmers, all in the same school playground or pool hall.

We used to have diverse industries supporting hundreds of families, training students, but even the historic hardwood flooring companies are gone. We should encourage, not deter, new industry for young families to live here and to fill the schools and playgrounds.

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Reader: Don’t Be Too Quick to Support Pumped Storage


In the July 10th Meaford Independent, Mr. Dave MacDougall attempted to legitimize support for the pumped storage project. With much respect to Mr. MacDougall and to others who seem willing to see this project proceed, I will offer the following comments so as to appeal to your reconsideration of advocacy for spending $3.3 billion for a mechanism which will dump 400 megawatts of waste heat into our environment on a continuous basis.

Firstly, we need to recognize the misunderstood concept that this project has some mitigating effect on 'global climate change' (a reference made by MacDougall to Mikkelson’s claims at TC Energy). Canada’s population represents about 0.4% of the global total. Our current coast to coast contribution to global greenhouse gases is about 1.4% of the world’s gross production. If Canada completely disappeared tomorrow and took all its greenhouse gas creation with it, the resulting change in global warming would be non-measureable, so, essentially it’s zero.

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