Public money should not be sunk into docks
I just read the article in The Tribune about Welland Recreational Canal Corp. getting $60,000 in federal funding to repair or replace docks along the recreational waterway.
The $60,000 is estimated to cover about half of total cost. This is all well and good, but I question the need for docks along the waterway when recreational watercraft are banned from using the facility.
The article goes on to state that the Pen Financial Credit Union Flatwater Community Centre docks at the end of Thorold Road are the main concern, but that others along the waterway are also in need of replacement or repair.
This is just another example of public money being spent to the benefit of the entitled few. If these facilities which are/can only be used by a handful of people need repair, or replacement, then let those who benefit from their existence, or their sponsors, pay for the maintenance.
Welland Mayor Frank Welland Mayor Frank Campion said “making sure these facilities are accessible to everyone and safe to use is a key reason they are replacing the docks” — but in fact, they are not accessible to everyone, and public moneys should not be used for their upkeep.