Today's date: Friday March 23, 2018 Vol 51 Issue 12
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Bad idea’

‘Dear Editor:

I go to John Black Public School. I think that Canada’s new law to make marijuana legal is a bad idea. I think that it is bad because I think there may be more overdoses on the drug and the only people that should use it would be the people with prescriptions.

I think that people without prescriptions shouldn’t be doing marijuana. I think this drug will mess you up and I know this because a study that I read about college students found that students who smoked the drug found that they had less critical skills, ability to hold their attention, less memory, and their learning was diminished.

In a study on postal workers they found those that tested positive for marijuana got in more accidents and were more likely to be away from work. I think marijuana and alcohol are probably both just as bad, but I don’t think adding the availability of marijuana will be any better for our community.

Brad Page, FERGUS

CIP tax exemption?

Dear Editor:

Guelph-Eramosa Township is moving quickly to develop, approve and implement a Community Improvement Plan (CIP).

A CIP is a mechanism for circumventing any form of financial bonusing by municipalities to existing or new private sector businesses. The township’s urgency for a CIP stems from a desire by certain members of council to approve some level of long-term property tax exemption for Xinyi Glass Holdings, a China-based company intent on building a float glass manufacturing plant in the township.

CIPs are an economic development tool for use within provincial guidelines. They are intended to be a driver for existing business improvement and retention and as an incentive for attracting new commercial or industrial enterprises in order to substantially increase total tax revenue for the township.

Primarily they are for use in supporting the re-development and re-construction of existing structures or facilities, rather than in assisting with or facilitating greenfield projects in undeveloped areas.

The challenge with a CIP is to ensure that any long-awaited and much needed benefit, such as a bump in tax revenue, is not given up in exchange for too little. Xinyi Glass’ decision to acquire land and build a plant in the township was made without any promise of incentive other than anything offered by the province.

Xinyi’s business model indicates little by way of direct economic value for the township other than the property tax they would be assessed. Consequently, absent any measurable community benefits, the granting of a property tax exemption would be akin to making all other taxpayers forfeit a long-awaited municipal inheritance. Exemption amounts once granted are never recovered.

Guelph-Eramosa has too little revenue to meet the backlog of immediate and oncoming costs associated with roads, bridges and other infrastructure requirements. At present the township’s accumulated shortfall for this work is over $33 million. Property tax represents the township’s single largest source of revenue so a decision to give up any amount of this tax would undermine the ability to do what needs to be done.

Council has a responsibility to steward all of the township’s current and future resources, particularly tax revenues. Taxpayers have a responsibility to be informed and watchful of CIP activity.

David Wolk,

Fergus fans

Dear Editor:

We love this town! Fergus has been our home for the last 17 years, and it has everything we need.

We get our teeth checked at Grand River Dental, our eyes checked at Upper Grand Eye Care, and our dog is in perfect health thanks to the crew at South Tower Animal Hospital. We grab our groceries from Zehrs, our lumber from Dixon’s, and we’ll swing by Giant Tiger to see what’s new.

All in town; no need to head to the “big city.” We have the Black and White and Tandoori Grill, both excellent! We have Reliable Ford and Robinson’s Chrysler (one of each in our driveway). All in town.

Pool, rinks, diamonds, schools, all here. Friends, neighbours, take a moment, look around, and appreciate the services we have available to us.

Like we said, we love this town!

Mark and Monica Pardue, FERGUS

Greenbelt concerns

Dear Editor:

I have some concerns about the proposed expansion of the Ontario Greenbelt.

The proposed expansion involves territory mostly covered by two conservation authorities, i.e., those for the Grand River and the Nottawasaga watersheds. Both authorities have done a good job over years of managing development on lands important for water resource protection.

Via the proposed Greenbelt expansion, the province seems to have snubbed the two authorities and proposed a conflicting approach - in fact, one which will not be as good since it does not include whole watersheds. If the province deems that there is a deficiency in the mandates and functions of the two authorities, why not fix that rather than setting up a contrary process?

The Greenbelt legislation involves a balance between protecting farmland and natural features, recognizing that some balancing of conflicting interests is involved. That equilibrium is ignored in the proposed expansion.

If you consider, for example, the proposed expansion around Guelph, the intent would be to inhibit expansion of the city to the southeast - the preferred direction at present - and thus encourage expansion onto the better farmlands to the north and west.

A third concern involves a shift in control of development and resource protection which would occur with the intended expansion, from local municipalities - who also control river conservation authorities - to a bureaucracy based at Queen’s Park.

I consider this to be a step in the wrong direction.


Help bring Kaden home

Dear Editor:

On Feb. 21, 3-year-old Kaden Young was swept into the Grand River. The pain and anguish are unimaginable. The camaraderie and compassion shown reinforces belief in humankind.

Bridges are wrapped in blue lights to light Kaden’s way home. People contribute from near and far.

Donation and ribbon boxes are located at Belwood Country Market, Belwood Super Snax, Elora Information Centre, Goofie Newfie, Shaw Music, The Grand 101, WR Designs, Michael Cressman Salon and Saunders Bakery.

A heartfelt thank you for donations to Belwood Country Market, Belwood Super Snax, Bentley House, Breadalbane, Brew House, Elora Community Theatre, Elora & Fergus Tourism, Fergus Massage, Forge, Goofie Newfie, The Grape House, Jester’s, Joanie’s, Michael Cressman Salon, Red Door, Ron Wilkin Jewellers, Sensational You, Shaw Music, Uniquely Pure and WR Designs.

Tremendous thanks to Centre Wellington Fire and Rescue, the OPP, Township of Centre Wellington, Wellington County, GRCA, and all the remarkable citizens for your unending support.

Volunteer search teams are organized daily at 9am at 9 Mill St., Amaranth. Your help is needed.

Please support fundraising and volunteer search efforts.

Together, we can help bring Kaden Young home.

Silvana Sangiuliano, BELWOOD

Logo lunacy

Dear Editor:

Re: The new Ontario Cannabis Store logo, which reportedly cost $650,000.

A graphic artist was interviewed on CFRB recently. She quoted $250 for the same logo. Tools required: a pair of compasses, a typewriter and a direct line to Kathleen Wynne.

I give up.

Jim McClure, CRIEFF

Must do something

Dear Editor:

RE: Say no to carbon tax, March 15.

Paul Dunnill is aware that we are emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere from many sources, but he appears to be unwilling to do anything to avoid the consequences.

Already we are experiencing the consequences of rampant burning of fossil fuels for transportation, industrial processes and energy production, as well as the practices of conventional agriculture and changing land use.

And the consequences are only going to get worse! More than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries have warned: “To prevent widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss, humanity must practice a more environmentally sustainable alternative to business as usual. Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out.”

It is not suggested that we stop using fossil fuels overnight, but that we gradually replace fossil fuels with other sources of energy.

While there are many ways of accomplishing this, such as using regulations and incentives, most economists say that the least costly policy is predictably increasing revenue neutral carbon tax.

Doing nothing is not a choice for a liveable world.


Thankful for kindness

Dear Editor:

On March 16, shortly after 12pm, I had the terrible experience of seeing my husband’s car roll down our laneway and across the highway to the other side.

My sincere thanks to the person in the white truck and the other person in (I think) a grey car who stopped until I could get the car back on our laneway.

You will never know the kindness you have shown to me if I didn’t write this and put it into the Wellington Advertiser.

Marlene Pryde, FERGUS

‘Bite the bullet’

Dear Editor:

RE: Water and wastewater services in the Town of Erin.

Before we moved to Erin, we had the same challenge in Lorne Park in the 1960s.

After bitter wrangling, we all toed the line, because government and developers amortized this additional cost over the following 20 years, which made it more palatable for us young mortgage holders.   

Erin is a dream community with only a few headaches. Whoever said that the price would increase if you   don’t proceed on this once-in-a-lifetime project is very correct.

Bite the bullet and you will be pleasantly surprised.

Digging up Main Street will  be a headache, but in the end you should be happy with a modern town with little extra costs.

We now live in Guelph as I am too old for a house.

Charles Lewis, GUELPH


Dear Editor:

RE: Green energy improving, March 8.

Gord Cumming’s letter is historically accurate and correct, while the scenario he propounds is both intelligent and well thought out.

It is commendable to wish for a better future, but unwise not to recognize the present day reality at the expense of that same future. This reality can be expostulated in one word, namely - plastic.

Beginning with the humble toothbrush our society is dependant upon plastic. It is an integral part in computers, cell phones and regular telephones as well as televisions. Modern window frames are plastic, thereby saving many trees, while today’s machines, including our motor vehicles, contain many plastic parts. Likewise, life-saving machines in our hospitals contain necessary plastic.

While huge ocean-going freighters, an integral part in world trade and commerce, are, thankfully, no longer coal burning steamships, they are diesel-electric powered.

The vast airliners that interconnect the world serving the needs of millions of people are jet powered.

This raises the question: from where and how do we acquire this plastic? It is obtained by continuing to pump crude oil out of the ground and then refining it into its various lubricants and fuel sources. Thousands if not millions of jobs are created to manufacture, maintain and propel a myriad of plastic items.

The next time we sit on a plastic chair, purchase a bag of milk, or gratefully accept a plastic bottle containing medication from the pharmacist, bear in mind these realities.

Pragmatism must overrule wishful thinking!

Peter Morris, ROCKWOOD

‘Socially-just’ weaning

Dear Editor:

RE: Say no to carbon tax, March 15.

Paul Dunnill is correct in saying people still have to drive, but does not want a carbon tax. Does he realize that regulations, subsidies, free allotments, exemptions, tax breaks, etc. to industries and businesses are all forms of taxes that someone (i.e. the average taxpayer) has to pay?

 It has been shown that the cheapest, most efficient and most cost beneficial way of changing behaviour and reducing emissions is through the use of carbon pricing. Read the reports from the EcoFiscal Commission.

The most socially just way to help wean people off fossil fuel use is through carbon fee and dividend, where the money collected goes back to every citizen. In other words, governments do not get to keep the money - thus government revenues are not increased.

Average families will be better off under carbon fee and dividend. Every other method of addressing climate change costs all of us more money.

Gord Cumming, GEORGETOWN



Community Guide Spring 2018


Website to ensure residents on voter’s list
Groves Hospital now offering free Wi-Fi
Birthplace of rugby
Celebrate World Theatre Day at the Fergus Grand Theatre
Teen arrested for bringing weapon to school


Olivia Rutt and Jaime Myslik
Stephen Thorning - 1949-2015
Kelly Waterhouse


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