English visitors enthralled with Cape Breton
My wife Cynthia and I have been recent guests of friends here in Cape Breton. We came here largely to attend to certain matters associated with my late Uncle Emmett’s estate, he having spent considerable time here prior to his untimely passing.
Cape Breton was merely a name to me, a place, if you will, that he and his wife, Gisele, would regularly visit. While he spoke favourably of it and especially of the warmth and hospitality of its people, I could not truly appreciate the meaning of his words until Cynthia and I experienced for ourselves what he and Gisele shared on a regular basis.
For some five weeks we have been here. Shortly we shall return home but, if I may say so, not without a measure or regret and sadness. Cape Breton has been a welcoming place and its hospitality second to none.
We especially enjoyed our attendance at local theatrical presentations. Cynthia is most interested in the arts and as she repeatedly says: “Cape Breton has a rich and deep cultural tradition, steeped in native roots, Celtic culture and the evident imprint of ethnic groups from every corner of the world.”
In our part of England there is a certain homogeneity and we miss the sense of diversity that we experienced here. Further, there is the land itself. There is an inherent beauty to your island that few places can match.
We simply wanted to indicate to you (and your readers) our thoughts and to tell you that the profoundly moving features of Cape Breton will bring us back. I am retired and Cynthia retires this coming summer. We located a lovely cottage near Main-a-Dieu, have purchased it and will be spending our summers here commencing this year.
Business affairs brought us here but it is a desire to continue experiencing the pleasures of this island that will keep us coming back. George Hawksworth Whittington, England
Hospital visit a positive experience
There has been ongoing discussion respecting health care in the area. I wish to relate the following:
Recently, I had a health scare. Fortunately, it was a false alarm. Nevertheless, an EHS unit arrived at my door in under five minutes. They were the epitome of efficiency and professionalism. Even having the good common sense of turning off siren and emergency lights when entering and egressing my property.
I was quickly examined and bundled off to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital where I was immediately assessed by admittance personnel and seen by a doctor forthwith. Tests were done. I was surveilled by nurses virtually constantly. EHS personnel dropped by to see how I was and wish me well. Test results were ready in approximately a half hour.
The doctor spent 10-15 minutes with me reviewing the results and making health-related inquiries. I was discharged approximately three hours later with the admonishment if the symptoms returned not to hesitate to come back.
All in all I found the entire process positive, efficient and professional. Frankly, it was contrary to much I have heard and read of late respecting health care locally.
I personally wish to thank the doctors and staff of CBRH for their care and attention. Parker Rudderham Coxheath
Personal attacks by party leaders out of line
It was infuriating to see such a personal attack on former Liberal communications director Kyley Harris by Tory and NDP leaders.
Harris pleaded guilty to “his part” in a domestic altercation, involving a female companion. He was given a sentence of nine-months probation, which he served. He didn’t inform the premier and he lost a position with a good salary. That’s a lot of punishment.
I don’t condone violence against anyone, male or female. But our Canadian legal system is based on giving citizens the opportunity to turn their lives around, not throwing away the key and publically crucifying them for the rest of their lives. How else can we change negative, human attitudes and behaviour?
I am not surprised by Baillie’s comments. His most consistent quality seems to be the ability to alienate. He is grasping at anything to avoid being turfed by his own party.
I have never met Burrill, but I am very disappointed in him. He is an ordained United Church minister. He seems to have forgotten a basic foundation of Christianity is forgiveness, based on confession and repentance, not on publicly crucifying someone for the rest of his/her life.
Harris has served his courtimposed sentence. His career was in public communications. That’s what he did for a living. He is hardly a Barrabes! He is a single parent trying to raise a son. How many males do you know who have custody of his child?
Should Premier Stephen McNeil have given him a job? Why shouldn’t he be permitted to return to that field to make a living? Isn’t giving someone a chance to turn his life around a premise on which our legal system and Christianity are based? Would this have become an issue if the altercation had involved a male companion?
This type of gender agitation is very dangerous. It feeds the anger of young, disengaged and resentful males who go on to develop an angry, masculine, social code based on anything separate from mom, and all things female.
Magistrates are very capable of imposing sentences to fit the situation. They do it every day. Justice should be decided on facts – not on gender, race, religion, or political gain.
Would I feel the same way if this had been the Tory or NDP communications director? Absolutely yes! I have been a registered member of the provincial Tory party, I campaigned with Frank Edwards and Elmer McKay, and I have voted NDP and Liberal numerous times. My personal political philosophy is probably that of a social democrat. But, in Canada we are governed by a constitution and a Bill of Rights, and sentenced only once for a crime by capable magistrates.
The malicious remarks that forced Harris to resign and lose that income, and likely lose other income opportunities in the future, were made for political gain. But they were not made in the legislature, which means there is no immunity.
Harris should seriously consider Lorne Goddard’s successful defamation lawsuit against Stockwell Day. Given his previous salary, that could be a tidy $3 million retirement package, over a 30-year period. Al Moore Glace Bay
Report card on MLA accomplishments needed
Throughout the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, it’s hard to miss the many signs posted for the MLA candidates running in this election.
Although their ads are in the Cape Breton Post, I am currently undecided as to who will receive my vote. I am not aware of any debates, or if this practice is even used. This could be a very effective strategy in providing information to potential voters.
Whether their party gets in or not, it is my understanding that all politicians have a platform. But at present it seems to me that if they show up at Tim Horton’s for about three weeks before the election, shake a few hands, have a few laughs, don’t miss out on the opportunity for any photo ops and knock on some doors, they have a chance to get elected?
For those whose doors they don’t get knocked on is there a webpage or Facebook page that we can utilize to identify who is running and to educate ourselves on what they are hoping to achieve if elected?
That being said does the MLA running for re-election have any kind of outlet that we can access to find out what they were actually successful in achieving while in office? If not, should they be required to periodically post an update of what is being accomplished on behalf of their constituents? After all, I think we deserve to know as it is public tax dollars paying their salary.
I would be very interested to hear the perspectives on the resurfacing of Highway 125, those affected by last fall’s flooding, keeping the Northside Hospital emergency ward open and the doctor shortage.
Speaking of doctor shortages, there was a rally last week at Memorial High School in Sydney Mines that unfortunately I could not attend. The leader of the NDP spoke, but where was our current MLA or the other candidates? Did they speak as I did not hear anything in the media outlets that they did?
I would also like to hear the candidate’s opinions on our business sector. Unfortunately, businesses are closing. This is evident when you take a drive down bumpy Charlotte Street in Sydney or a walk through the North Sydney Mall that is almost empty. We see the same trend in almost all areas throughout the CBRM during a time when our population is declining.
On another note, I heard a public advisory on the radio from our police department notifying motorists not to swerve around the potholes as it is causing potential accidents and near misses.
So I drive down our roads that are riddled with potholes, try to maneuver around Ashby corner which is impossible without hitting a couple and then hope for the best that I won’t have to endure the high costs of fixing my car as a result.
With all the rain we have been having lately the holes are filling up with water, making them more difficult to see. Personally, I’d rather pay to fix the potholes and put my extra money back in other sections of the economy rather than use it all to fix my car.
It is a shame that the CBRM is in such a state of affairs. Mr. Mayor, what are you planning to do for us? We pay taxes all year. Don’t we deserve better? Pascal Dupont North Sydney