Today's date: Friday April 28, 2017 Vol 50 Issue 17
   
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Appreciates Advertiser

Dear Editor:

Congratulations on winning awards at the recent OCNA competition! I am sure the Adsett family deserves the trust people have in this newspaper. There is a large following of readers, even in the nearby counties.

I remember Kelly Waterhouse’s column was chosen as a winner recently. Years ago my own paper in Eramosa won several awards - but it was Bill Adsett who had supported me in my wish for a local paper for Rockwood-area news, and thus I am still interested in the Adsett connection.

Also, people love your Letters to the Editor page and people tell me when my mail is used (which helps my ego).

Sytske Drijber, ROCKWOOD

Barn cats available

Dear Editor:

Cats Pippa, Piper, Kringle, Sphynx, Dapple and Iota are all looking for freedom; they want to live a natural but safe life.

Some of these cats arrived at the Upper Credit Humane Society as transfers from high-kill facilities because of their temperament or as strays.  The difference with cats suitable for the barn cat program is that  they seem to be unhappy with the shelter confinement; the call of the wild sears through them and they yearn for a less restrictive life but still need caregivers who will feed and make sure they are housed suitably.

UCHS puts in many months of time to try and turn around cats that are deemed to be feral and many of them become domesticated and go on to live happy lives in a family setting. Unfortunately for these cats who have been with us  for  4-6 months in our open free roaming rooms, they are still not suitable for home adoption.

These lovely cats are now searching for a home that is outdoors where they are not confined but have the warmth, food and another companion cat to bond with and are housed safely.

Would your farm, workshop or acreage benefit from a barn cat? The cats come already spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Even though they have not bonded with  humans, they usually love other animals and enjoy their company so where possible we place two together; they make great exterminators for your barn or workshop, they are generally low maintenance, you save a life, you add character to your barn or workshop

 UCHS ensures barns have caretakers who feed and water the cats, are warm for the winter and that survival of the cats are top priority.

 Please check out our requirements at: http://uppercredit.com/adopt/barn-cat-program.

We do all site visits, provide services for containment areas and provide set up supplies at no cost. Donations specifically for the barn cat program are appreciated. Please call the Shelter at 519-833-2287  or e.mail info@uppercredit.com.

Judith-Anne Kolu,

Grow the Greenbelt

Dear Editor:

April 22 marked the 15th anniversary of a bold move that signaled a sea change in the public perception of the countryside – from an area of development-in-waiting to one where rural communities and natural functions were valued and protected.

The Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, released on Earth Day 2002 was the cornerstone piece in an emerging “smart growth” movement. It is hard to believe, but just two decades ago ideas like stopping urban sprawl and protecting water supplies were considered radical.

Our movement was solidified in February 2000 as developers and the Town of Richmond Hill were set to pave over the last remaining moraine lands along Yonge Street. This sprawling development would have totally cut off the natural east-west connectivity and compromised the moraine’s ecological integrity. The proposal proved to be the spark that ignited protests downstream, through communities across the GTA. By December 2001, the Oak Ridges Moraine Act was passed through an all-party, unanimous vote in Ontario’s Legislature. This was the watershed moment for the movement to protect the water, nature and communities of the entire region.

Decades earlier, the movement to protect the Niagara Escarpment demonstrated the need for provincial oversight of regional planning.

Building off regional approaches to planning pioneered on the Niagara Escarpment and Oak Ridges Moraine, came the much larger Greenbelt in 2005. The Greenbelt knit together the ecological jewels of the escarpment and the moraine, adding protection to agricultural land and a natural system of wetlands, forest and valley lands surrounding the GTA.

The Greenbelt, currently spans nearly 2 million acres, is a inspired vision for the region. These plans were intended to protect the region’s most valuable natural and agricultural resources, and stop ever expanding urban sprawl across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. This bold vision for the region is a testament to the bold thinking of three different provincial governments and dedicated activists spanning decades.

However, it is becoming painfully obvious that the bold vision of the last decades will not be enough for the decades ahead. Urban sprawl has leapt over the Greenbelt, threatening farmland and natural lands in areas including Brant, Simcoe, Waterloo and Wellington counties. Currently, hundreds of thousands of acres of agricultural land that provide essential ecological services are slated to be developed over the next 20 years. Sprawl marches on.

In the same spirit and tradition that brought forward protection for the Oak Ridges Moraine, Niagara Escarpment and Greenbelt, a new wave of activists are calling for provincial intervention to protect other moraine systems across the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

As we celebrate the legacy of 15 years of Oak Ridges Moraine protection we are urging the government to pick up the baton to plan for the future. In the coming weeks we will see whether the government will grow the Greenbelt to protect vulnerable water supplies.

Debbe Crandall and Caroline Schultz,

Locals lauded

Dear Editor:

Recently Erin council addressed an issue that proved to be somewhat contentious, and in my view unnecessarily so.

What was essentially the crux of the issue was Nestlé Waters Canada wanting to provide the town with a financial contribution based upon the amount of water they draw from a well located in Hillsburgh.  Nestle has been drawing water from this well since 2001, having been given approval to do so by the province of Ontario.

As readers will be aware, the town doesn’t have the authority to tell the province what to do - it’s most typically the other way around.  The only way to stop companies like Nestlé from bottling our groundwater is if the province stops the long-established practice.

I have been informally polling members of the community on this issue during my travels for weeks.  After speaking to many residents, there were two aspects that appeared to stand out: either residents were entirely unaware of the issue, or they were overwhelmingly in support of accepting Nestlé’s offer.  Those that were aware understood that the issue isn’t about the town approving the selling of water – it’s about getting something from a major corporation when in real terms we aren’t entitled to anything under the law.

A number of well-informed local residents attended our council meeting where we discussed the issue, while an overwhelming number were admittedly from out of town. I would like to extend my personal thanks to the residents of Erin who took an interest in the matter, showed up at our meeting and conducted themselves responsibly and with dignity.

It’s not always easy to stay calm and level-headed when emotions are involved, but I am heartened by the actions of the residents of our great town who demonstrate time and again why this is one of the best communities to live, work, and raise our families.

For me, it validates my choice to move here decades ago, and speaks to why people continue to want to call Erin home.

Mayor Allan Alls, ERIN

The milk question

Dear Editor:

The U.S. enjoys a $445 million trade surplus with Canada in milk products. Milk can be divided into two basic products: milk we drink (fluid) and everything else (cheese, yogurt, ingredients in processed food [ice cream, cake mix, etc.] and so on). NAFTA treats these two classifications separately.

Class 7 milk (ultra filtered) crosses the border duty free. A Canadian processer decided to buy Canadian and 75 U.S. farmers did not get their contracts renewed. Complaints were made that Canada changed the regulations. No changes have been made.

The quota system in Ontario tries to balance production with demand. The U.S. has surplus and dumped over 1,000,000 litres of milk last year. Unlike most Ontario dairy farms that are family owned with about 70 cows being milked, the U.S. is moving to large corporate farms with as many as 30 to 40 thousand lactating cows on individual farms. The largest dairy farm in Ontario has roughly 1,000 cows.

This unregulated growth is driving the small producer out of the market - not trade with Canada. The trend in dairy farms is to use a system in which the cows are free to wander in to an automated milk parlor at anytime. No employees are required.

Case and the Autonomous Tractor Company have developed tractors with no cab that will drive to the field, do the required task, and work 24 hours per day on its own. Contests like the AgBot Challenge augment industry’s drive to automation.

The U.S. has the highest agricultural subsidies in the world, which also aids in reducing producer costs. Trump’s blaming others will not solve the problems the U.S. has created at home.

Chris Woode, FERGUS

‘Soaked in emotion’

Dear Editor:

RE: Erin council votes to accept Nestlé Waters’ voluntary levy, April 21.

I congratulate the Erin council for accepting, or more accurately, re-instating the Nestlé Waters voluntary levy.

Mayor Allan Alls is correct. The outraged, just-say-no climate lobby is perpetually soaked in emotion while devoid of facts.

By contrast, Dr. Andreanne Simard’s review was based on both historical and technical facts while, thankfully, devoid of emotion.

Personally, I rarely use bottled water as our tap water is clean and will continue to be plentiful. I do keep a large supply of bottled water in our cold cellar.

My advice to the climate lobby is simple: if you don’t agree with bottled water, don’t buy it.

Doreen Henschel, ROCKWOOD

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