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ORVs and backyard chickens in Lindsay? No thanks, says reader

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ORVs and backyard chickens in Lindsay? No thanks, says reader

The recent Kawartha Lakes City Council approval for the operation of recreational off-road vehicles (ORVs) on Lindsay’s paved streets and trails has exposed a serious flaw in the administration of this municipality.

The City of Kawartha Lakes was cobbled together by the provincial government in 2001 without the initiative or support of most of the population.

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People are nothing but economic units now

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Thanks for your article — a scholarly article — on “A Poverty of Time. (Benns’ Belief, March edition) I am tempted to quote Welsh poet W. H. Davies.: “What is this life if, full of care/ We have no time to stand and stare.” 

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Show us the GO bus, Laurie Scott

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Laurie Scott, MPP, I received your newsletter. On your list you say you want to support health and long-term care, local businesses, and local infrastructure.

I would like to know what you mean by infrastructure. For more than 10 years many people in our city are looking for a GO bus connection. Not everybody in this city owns a half-ton truck or SUV to drive to Peterborough or Toronto for a medical appointment. Our town of more than 21,000 people is growing. We need transportation! Beaverton, Cannington, Sunderland are connected to a GO bus, why not Lindsay?

Gunter Schubert, Lindsay

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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ORVs and backyard chickens in Lindsay? No thanks, says reader

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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