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Appreciates coverage

Dear Editor:

Thank you very much for your coverage of Puslinch Township.  My brother and I appreciate it a great deal.  

We are pleased with the comprehensive coverage and clear explanations given of Puslinch council meetings, as well as accounts of celebrations, events and crimes, such as the recent arsons.

We realize that covering Puslinch entails more effort than reporting on happenings in the northern part of Wellington County, stationed as the Wellington Advertiser is in Fergus and separated as Puslinch is from the main body of the county by the city of Guelph.

Thank you to Mike Robinson for a job well done and to editor Chris Daponte, who preceded Mike as reporter for this township.

Marjorie Clark, PUSLINCH

Report suggestions

Dear Editor:

RE: The OPP Annual Report.

As a taxpayer I would like to see that I am getting value for money spent. Therefore I am offering some suggestions.

Standardize the OPP report so people can see the performance we are getting year to year. Some suggested areas for year-to-year comparisons include: utilize the “Top 10 calls for criminal offenses”; offer the total cost of policing and the number of officers year to year; include performance criteria like number of crimes per category versus number of crimes solved and successfully prosecuted.

I suggest other citizens or county councillor Lynda White and her team probably have suggestions to add to this list. With a standardized report, taxpayers might feel they are getting value for their tax dollars.

John Bossie, PUSLINCH

Violates rights

Dear Editor:

The Wynne government is poised to pass Bill 84, which forces physicians to take a patient’s life or refer them to someone who would.

If Bill 84 passes without any amendments to allow for consciences rights, Ontario will be the only jurisdiction in the world that forces physicians to act against their moral convictions and/or personal beliefs.

The Coalition for Healthcare and Conscience represents more than 110 healthcare facilities with almost 18,000 care beds and 60,000 staff and over 5,000 physicians across Canada.

Their members all agree that taking a patient’s life or referring for this procedure violates at least one of the following; the Hippocratic Oath, religious convictions, mission and values, professional ethics, creed, or deeply held conviction that health care should heal people, not hasten death.

Bill 84 as it is now written violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Section 2, freedom of conscience and religion; Section 15 protects against discrimination).

Please contact your MPP and ask that Bill 84 be amended to protect the conscience rights of our valued doctors and caregivers.

Without this protection many doctors and caregivers will cease to practice in Ontario.

Pat Woode, FERGUS

‘It’s your health’

Dear Editor:

RE: Fergus lab among those investigated by public health unit, March 10.

The LifeLabs fiasco is ridiculous. It’s good we have alert people going to the labs to report practices that do not meet required health standards.

The health unit should be required to inspect these labs on a regular basis, unannounced, and then post the results on the front door.

Why did this investigation take four months to be made public? The health unit should have made this public right away.

It wasn’t until the news media reported on the investigation that LifeLabs officials went into damage control.

When the health unit did its inspection Chris Beveridge, director of health inspection, reported LifeLabs officials “weren’t terribly cooperative,” but in a recent letter to the editor (Priority is safety, March 17) CEO Sue Paish says they complied to the health unit request. Sure they complied - or else they would have been shut down.

Remember, if you see something not right, question it and report it to the health unit.

It’s your health and your life. Protect it.

Jay Alexander, FERGUS

‘Pond liability’

Dear Editor:

RE: Hillsburgh library set for construction, March 17

In this article Warden Dennis Lever states, “It is our pond. We do not believe that someone else can drain our pond.” Why not emphasize something more positive instead?

Such nonsense emphasizes why exactly the warden needs to be publicly elected like a mayor for the next municipal election.  

Lever please tell county taxpayers why county council would buy such a pond liability without any plan whatsoever.

The county has not paid one cent of the pond’s environmental assessment costs, but  dumped them on unsuspecting Erin taxpayers - for the county’s pond no less!

This is just another Wellington County screw job!

Lou Maieron, ERIN

‘Wistful anachronism’

Dear Editor:

RE: Cultural suicide and C6 frustration, March 10.

The writers of both these letters state wide-ranging ‘facts’ without a hint of backing them up.

Unless these writers happen to be indigenous, they are claiming entitlement to keep the status quo in place as suits their family’s roots in Canada.  

Face it:  the vast majority of us are immigrants or descendants of same (disclosure:  I have been in Canada since 1968).

The world is changing, and Canada must change as well. We have a disproportionate share of the world’s resources, and we are going to have to develop new ways of dealing with this disparity.

Simply shutting out the rest of the world will become a wistful anachronism.

John Liss, EDEN MILLS

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BUZZ

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People sent to hospital after CO leak at Grand Valley arena
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