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Time to fight city hall on unneeded municipal water, says local reader

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In 2018 a number of home owners in Kawartha Lakes serviced by their own wells and/or septic systems, received a letter from the city stating that because their property was adjacent to or close by a city water line they would still be charged a flat water rate of approximately $400 for the year.

Those affected protested to council and after council discussion Councillors Pat Dunn, Ron Ashmore and Emmett Yeo agreed that it was wrong to charge people who had their own wells and charge for City water simply because they were near a city water line. However, Mayor Andy Letham and the five remaining councillors voted to keep this charge for city water in place.

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Wetlands need our protection, says reader, not MPP’s tabled bill

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Wetlands enrich our lives. They are places where we can observe and learn about a diversity of plants and animals while enjoying a quiet, natural environment.

But wetlands accomplish much, much more. They are crucial in preventing climate change through carbon storage which takes place in vegetation, sediment and dead plants. Complementing our efforts to reduce the use of fossil fuels, removal of carbon from the atmosphere is essential to avoid a climate crisis.

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City’s ATV task force must put health of citizens ahead of everything else

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City's ATV task force must put health of citizens ahead of all else

It is outrageous that the Kawartha Lakes ATV task force wants to open up essentially all roads in the City of Kawartha Lakes to ATV and Side by Side use as can be seen when one views the last task force meeting of March 4.

What is most troubling is the fact that the committee members have not consulted the local health unit for an opinion on what effects such a move would have on the health and safety of area residents. Public Health Ontario released a report on the epidemiology of ATV-related injuries in Ontario in 2019 and found that the Haliburton-Kawartha Pine-Ridge Health Unit (to which our city belongs) had the fifth highest rate of Emergency Room visits and hospitalizations of the 34 health units in the province.

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We need climate change accountability with new bill before Parliament, says reader

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Imagine you create a budget. You want to eliminate wasteful, unhealthy spending in 10 years.  Maybe it’s omitting the cigarettes, or the weekly case of beer, or the family-sized packs of candy and cookies.  Then you put the kids, the smokers, and the beer drinkers in charge of monitoring your progress toward your goal.

And they don’t have to report on that progress for, oh, say 10 years – the year by which you want to have reached the goal.  And if they miss the target?  They just have to say:  Yup, we missed it.

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Liberal’s bill on conversion therapy is flawed, says reader

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Conversion therapy is an abhorrent practice that should be banned in Canada. I’m glad that MP Jamie Schmale recognizes this. (Schmale under fire for seeking guidance from constituents on outlawing conversion therapy.)

I am also thankful that he is engaging his constituents as to their thoughts on Bill C-6 (conversion therapy).

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Recognizing the person behind the outstretched hand

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I appreciated Nancy Payne’s article on panhandling and felt that it was thoughtful and fair.

But one point worth adding is that it’s helpful to imagine things from the point of view of the panhandler.

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Ford undermining environmental protections, says reader

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Ford government undermines environmental protections, says reader

The Ford government is taking steps to undemocratically undermine Ontario’s environmental protections.

Ministerial Zoning Orders, a little used tool allowing the government to override protective legislation in times of emergency, has been used excessively in the last two years.

One example is the case of the Lower Duffins Creek, a provincially significant wetland which, if the Ford government gets its way, will be destroyed to accommodate a warehouse and parking lot. There has been prohibition on development in this unique wetland since 1991.

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Reader says Ford’s pro-development bills are hurting environment, seniors

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There is an old adage that goes way back in time and that has been used by political leaders of all stripes. That adage is, ‘never waste a good crisis.’

The basic premise is that in times of crisis the public’s attention is almost totally focused on the crisis at hand, and a government in power can often push through legislation that would normally get much more scrutiny and public attention/outcry, were it not for the singular focus on the given crisis. War is a good example of this.

Our current crisis is, of course, COVID-19. Our provincial government under Premier Doug Ford has made good use of this technique in 2020, largely through omnibus bills where legislation is hidden, often under the guise of dealing with the pandemic.

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We need to know where and how COVID-19 is spreading

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Asymptomatic testing coming to area schools

An open letter to Dr. Lynn Noseworthy, medical officer of health for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

Dear Dr. Noseworthy:

Now that the cases in HKPR regions are starting to climb, it would be helpful if you would have a stronger presence locally, so that we will not lose our flat COVID curve.

We, the public, need more information. For example, we need to know where in this huge geographic region the new cases are happening. We need to know the context: PSWs on the front line of care? Grocery stores? Workplace? Home gatherings?

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DriveTest reality serving GTA people doesn’t match up with Ontario’s COVID colour codes

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DriveTest centre in Lindsay faces community scrutiny in shadow of pandemic

You had an article recently about the DriveTest in the Lindsay Square Mall being open to people from Toronto or elsewhere, even with the surge in COVID-19 cases in Toronto.

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