Take the time on Sun­day to re­mem­ber

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NEWS - W. BRICE MCVICAR THE SKINNY

Lest we for­get.

Sun­day marks Re­mem­brance Day and, with it, the an­nual cer­e­monies, mo­ments of si­lence and, hope­fully, a few quiet mo­ments of re­flec­tion on just what it is we’re re­mem­ber­ing, why we’re do­ing it and how it is we’re able to do so be­cause of the sac­ri­fices made by so many.

Lo­cally, there’s been some scut­tle­butt in the city as it has been an­nounced there will be no pa­rade from the Ar­mouries to the Ceno­taph on Sta­tion Street. No pa­rade of vet­er­ans or the Le­gion’s Colour Party lead­ing the way to the som­bre ser­vice. Some have com­plained it’s a shame to see it not be­ing held and have ques­tioned the de­ci­sion.

Now, not mak­ing light of the de­ci­sion or the men and women who made that march each year, it has to oc­cur to peo­ple the vet­er­ans par­tic­i­pat­ing in that pa­rade on an an­nual ba­sis cer­tainly are not get­ting any younger. Cold, damp weather is no friend to old bones and aged joints. The pa­rade may seem a short dis­tance to the younger gen­er­a­tion, but to many who par­tic­i­pated in the pa­rade it was weari­some and tir­ing.

Hav­ing no pa­rade does not lessen the im­por­tance of Nov. 11 events here in the city and hope­fully will play no role in in­flu­enc­ing the size of the crowd to gather Sun­day at the Sta­tion Street site. The city is known for show­ing its re­spect and grat­i­tude to our vet­er­ans — both those still with us and those we re­mem­ber — and with the ser­vice this year fall­ing on a week­end one would hope the crowd will be even larger.

Fam­i­lies, hope­fully, will bring their chil­dren to ser­vices — whether it’s here in the city or else­where — to teach them about the past, about the brave men and women who gave so much so we, as a na­tion, can have so much. At a time when ten­sions across the globe are high and we see, on a daily ba­sis, the abuse of power and the rights of oth­ers be­ing stripped away, it’s im­por­tant to be re­minded of how rights were won, how free­dom was so sav­agely fought for and how, with­out the sac­ri­fice of so, so many, we wouldn’t have the free­dom we are blessed with to­day.

Please, take the time Sun­day to re­mem­ber. At­tend a cer­e­mony, bow your head and show grat­i­tude for what we en­joy daily.

Area coun­ties are go­ing to be hand­ing over a lit­tle less for pub- lic health ser­vices thanks to a re­jig­ging of the lo­cal fund­ing for­mula.

The lo­cal board of health de­cided this past week to change things up based on up- to- date and more ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion in re­gards to pop­u­la­tion in the re­gion. In years past the board was us­ing Mu­nic­i­pal Prop­erty As­sess­ment Cor­po­ra­tion in­for­ma­tion to base its fund­ing for­mula on. Now, though, us­ing Sta­tis­tics Canada data, the board has a bet­ter snap­shot of who is us­ing those ser­vices.

It boils down to fair­ness. Why should res­i­dents of a re­gion, when they’re not us­ing a ser­vice or us­ing it less fre­quently, have to pay the same? Both Quinte West and Belleville, nat­u­rally, will see their share jump as they have the larger pop­u­la­tions. Prince Ed­ward and Hast­ings coun­ties will both be sav­ing some cash.

Fair is fair.

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