Today's date: Friday September 22, 2017 Vol 50 Issue 38
   
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Fair warning

Dear Editor:

RE: Last minute notice of requirement for tent permits irks Aberfoyle Fall Fair organizers, Sept. 15.

 An incorrect piece of information was included in last week’s Advertiser.

On Sept. 1, one week before the Aberfoyle Fall Fair was to begin, we sent an email to a key agricultural society contact. That contact later assured me that the email had been forwarded to other board members, including Vince Klimkosz.

We had received information from the agricultural society on Aug. 30 indicating that tents would be used. As such we advised that sometimes they require building permits and we attached the guidelines for tents. Our staff also explained that if any help was required with the paperwork for getting a permit and inspection to please let us know.

The information regarding the requirements was not last minute and was provided when we knew what was being proposed.

In my view our staff were doing their jobs and doing them well.

Mayor Dennis Lever,,

Indigenous struggles

Dear Editor:

The energy and expense required by indigenous people to ensure their Constitutional rights is unconscionable. Justin Trudeau, enough is enough. Be upright - fulfill your campaign promises.

Sandra Bray, ELMIRA

Keep name

Dear Editor:

RE: Councillors now encouraging cottagers’ association to rename Swastika Trail, Sept. 15.

I spent a good many years living in Wellington County and this issue seems to come up every 10 years.

I hope the cottagers who control the name of their road hang on to it. The swastika is an ancient symbol. The Nazis twisted it on its side and perverted it.

When the Elora Legion held its annual Remembrance Day dinner, I never had any trouble in wiping my feet on the Nazi flag.

Swastika Trail has nothing to do with Nazis. It is simply unfortunate that such war criminals appropriated a name that had been in Puslinch Township for decades, and should remain there for many more.

David Meyer, CHATHAM

Legal right

Dear Editor:

If you experience an unplanned pregnancy, and abortion is an option for you, do not go to a “pregnancy centre” such as the one in Fergus.

You will not receive unbiased information there on sexual health, abortion or contraception, especially if you are not married.

It is every woman’s legal right in Canada to choose to end her pregnancy. If you have concerns about approaching your family doctor, you can call or go directly to one of the clinics listed below. There is no need for a doctor’s referral. There is no need for parental consent. Confidentiality is strictly maintained. Doctors and registered nurses are on staff, as well as counsellors who are medically trained and regulated. Almost all procedures are covered by OHIP.

The following are reproductive clinics - not pregnancy centres - in southwestern Ontario: Freeport Health Centre, Kitchener; Women’s Clinic, Hamilton; Pregnancy Options, London; Women’s Clinic, Brampton; Onyx Urgent Care, Mississauga; Bay Centre for Birth Control, Toronto; Bloor West Village Women’s Clinic, Toronto; Cabbagetown Women’s Clinic, Toronto;  Choice in Health Clinic, Toronto;  Morgantaler Clinic, Toronto; and Women’s Care Clinic, North York.

 

 

 

Shaindel Zimmerman,, ARISS

Local leadership

Dear Editor:

William Pollard once said, “Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.”

Centre Wellington is on the cusp of many changes. As a community, we will see our population virtually double in the next 25 years. For this reason, I felt compelled to write this letter.

Recently, council met to “brainstorm” and discuss some new ideas designed to improve the quality of our local government. Rapid growth and ever increasing federal and provincial regulations are placing a huge strain on the efficient operations of municipal governments. This burden is rendering some current methods of operation ineffective and obsolete.

Unfortunately, the six-hour meeting produced very little substantial action. It appeared that many in attendance chose to do everything in their power to obstruct and thwart the advancement of any new progressive thoughts.

Councillor Stephen Kitras’ suggestion for a budget committee which included citizen participation was doomed before the discussion even started. Instead of asking staff to prepare a report on the feasibility of such an idea, several members of council chose to speak proudly of “Centre Wellington’s 2015 Strategic Plan” and the wonderful role it has played in advancing our priorities.

This despite the fact that during this year alone cost overruns on several capital projects have now reached into the $2 million range. Further overruns are more than likely since the design for the Victoria Street pedestrian bridge in Elora is not yet completed and excessive costs could force council to strip out certain unique features that add to its overall beauty.

All of this, coming about as the result of poorly conceived cost estimates and a slavish devotion towards a plan that requires the township hit a certain number of infrastructure targets before the next election regardless of the availability of adequate funding.

Some members of council have expressed their concerns about these issues, but all to no avail.

The current leadership has chosen to ignore their voices in the misguided belief that they know the road to the future better than anyone else. It is not hard to see that with the type of challenges looming up ahead for a growing community, Centre Wellington will soon require a very different type of leadership.

I urge you, make every effort to talk to your members of council and ensure that the voice of this community is heard.

Fred Morris,

Save heritage structure

Dear Editor:

Councillors of the Township of Centre Wellington will make a very important decision at the council meeting on Sept. 25.

A demolition permit has been requested by the new owner of the log structure that was the first school in Elora, built in 1842 at 37 McNab Street, on the south side of the river.

On Sept. 12 Heritage Centre Wellington, the committee of council, unanimously recommended that this building be conserved through heritage designation, but the last word will be with council.

This building’s history is well documented. It was built 10 years after the founding of the village and is one of the oldest existing structures in Elora. It served as the common and then boys’ school until 1866. A branch of the county grammar school shared the building, educating students from across the countryside.

Opening in 1849, the grammar school remained at McNab Street until 1859, when it moved first to the site of the present Bowling Green, then to the location of the Elora Centre for the Arts.

The association of this building with the efforts of a pioneering community to provide education for children, as well as its early log structure, make this a treasure that must not be lost. The building is recognized on the municipal heritage register with an ‘A’ rated listing, which would have been conveyed to the buyer who applied for a demolition permit.

If given heritage designation, it cannot be demolished, but the owner can still extend the building with a complementary design.

This early school vividly illustrates the value placed on education by early settlers and the building remains today as a tribute to that very Scottish quality.

Now, when the struggles of pioneers have gained new appreciation through research, education, provincial legislation and the draw of heritage tourism, we expect the councillors of Centre Wellington to uphold the mandate of the province: that significant cultural heritage must be preserved.

If necessary a log building can surely be repaired, but the first school in Elora is a significant community treasure that can never be built again.

Beverley Cairns, ELORA

Wilken memories

Dear Editor:

I was moved to write this letter on reading the article in your recent addition noting the 50th anniversary of the founding of Ron Wilkin Jewellers, and I thought I would respond with a personal anecdote.

The previous jeweller with a store in that location in Fergus was George Butler, and I can recall as a young boy living in an apartment downtown in the Commercial Hotel building across St. Andrew Street from the Grand Theatre, that we would rely on the clock which hung in the window of Butler’s Jewellers to remind us what time we were due home.

I think the large clock continued to hang there after Ron Wilkin took over the business on Mr. Butler’s retirement.

In the early 1970s, I was an impoverished student at the University of Windsor Law School. I was keen to propose to the love of my life, my wife Heather (Jack), but as with most students, had very little money to spare.

I approached Ron Wilkin as a 20-year-old, with no job, and no money to discuss the purchase of an engagement ring. While it was far from the most expensive ring in the shop, it was one of the largest purchases of my lifetime. Ron Wilkin agreed to sell me the ring on 100% credit - no money down - and even allowed me to take the ring even though it had not been paid for.   I recall paying him the huge sum of $40 each month until the ring was paid for. Fortunately for me, when I presented the ring to Heather, she said yes.

I have always remembered Ron Wilkin’s generosity to me, and to his faith in me in trusting me to make the modest payments that I had agreed to. That generosity I think inspired me to try to reflect those virtues in my own life, although I am certain I have fallen short of his example on many occasions.

It was that kind of approach to his customers which surely accounts for his many decades of success, which is being continued by his son Graham.

I am assuming that Ron Wilkin’s son Graham Wilkin gets his first name from the maiden name of his mother, the former Inez Graham.   My wife Heather (Jack) Halls had the pleasure of having Miss Graham as her teacher (she thinks in Grade 2) and again in her new persona as Mrs. Wilkin (she thinks for Grade 7).

She too has fond memories of the skill and kindness of Mrs. Wilkin demonstrated when she was a teacher in our local schools.

Brad Halls, FERGUS

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