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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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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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More jobs needed before new Fenelon Falls housing complex, reader says

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Shovels in the ground this spring for housing development in Fenelon Falls?

Your headline “Neighbours oppose handful of geared-to-income apartments in Fenelon Falls” sold the sizzle — a deep dive into the full issue might have given your readership a full view of all the opposition.

I do not abut the land in question but do reside in the surrounding area. All residents of Fenelon Falls should be concerned with the lack of transparency that has occurred with this pending project.

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City’s decision ‘ludicrous’ on Kent Street trees

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I am stunned and disappointed that the City would not use the silva cells (New project in downtown Lindsay supports healthy tree canopy – August edition of The Lindsay Advocate) on both sides of Kent Street.

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‘Basic Income Plus’ could be even more ambitious

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I love the policy proposals in your recent editorial regarding Basic Income Plus, although I think it could be even more ambitious.

We must demand it be implemented at the federal level and funded with federal dollars. Canadians should not be burdened with the costs of much-needed reforms that are long overdue – and we don’t have to be.

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You have a choice: Save the Grand, reader tells new owners

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To the new owners of the Grand the citizens of Lindsay ask that you please work with owner Charlie McDonald and save our iconic restaurant.

There are few things left that reminds us of our humble beginnings.

The Grand the building and the Grand the bar are two different things to most of us.

The bar-restaurant has been here for 160 years and Charlie and his staff have made it a home away from home for over 10 years.

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‘Social determinants’ of gun violence need to be addressed

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Gun amnesty update from police

This is in response to the article in the Advocate’s June 2020 magazine edition, “The Great Debate” on the proposed federal gun law.

Removing the newly listed (and unlisted) prohibited firearms won’t end or significantly reduce gun violence as the government, and society, are collectively seeking.

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Ford government moving to privatize health care, reader says

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I am beyond disgusted at the Ford government. Premier Doug Ford is moving ahead with Bill 175, which seeks to privatize home health care — even as he cries crocodile tears over the horrible conditions at long-term care homes.

As citizens of this country, we have worked, paid taxes (through which politicians get paid) and contributed to the economy by buying foods, electronics and all of the  commercial products from corporations that maintain their success — and profits — from our money.

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