LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Hopefully, Ford’s advisers will be heard
After the shock and dismay of the provincial election I wish to thank the photographer who took the picture of Doug Ford supporters holding a sign that appeared to read “hel(sic) is on the way.”
While I am not any kind of fan of Mr. Ford, I know he has some talented people who have been elected to serve the people of Ontario and I really hope he has the wisdom to listen to them.
He is a fan of U.S. President Donald Trump and we can only hope he doesn’t try to emulate that babbling bombastic buffoon.
Just a quick word to the voters of Ontario, we had a turn out of 58 per cent which, given the importance of this election, where change was necessary, is pathetic. It is said we get the government we deserve so let’s hope we can do way better than that.
John C. Duquette
Local residents’ environmental concerns ignored
RE: “LAKEWOOD DEVELOPER DOING WORK TO PROTECT TOADS,” JUNE 11
How is it that in Niagara our local media will almost always find a story to support the development lobby without question and will always ignore the concerns of the residents most affected?
Under provincial endangered species legislation activity in or around their habitat that may “kill, harass or harm the endangered species and their habitat” is prohibited.
Because this does not support developers, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (you know, those guys committed to protecting our environment?) devised an Overall Benefit Permit.
The only actual “benefit” is to the developers.
The Lakewood developer applied for and has one.
The idea that there are any survivors of this particular endangered species colony on the Lakewood site in Wainfleet, after all the tree destruction and heavy equipment activity all over the habitat is quite ridiculous.
Your apparent support for his “environmental efforts” are badly misplaced and in fact only support his continued efforts to intimidate those local residents who live in the immediate area and whose concerns, to date, have never been seriously considered by local media outlets such as yours. Andrew Watts
Trudeau an embarrassment to Canada: Reader
For many Canadians it is hard to see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the international stage embarrassing Canada. Instead of acting like a statesman discussing international issues on substance he acts like a pre-programmed child talking about his very narrow ideological agenda with gender equality as his favourite topic.
Lacking the necessary skills in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum with the world’s top business leaders; in China during a trade mission enraging the Chinese government by arrogantly lecturing them about gender equality; and in India angering the Indian government.
The G-7 meeting in Quebec was a waste of time and taxpayer dollars. The main theme was again about gender equality beside attacking Donald Trump.
It would have been great if Trudeau acted as a Canadian patriot caring as much for Canadians as Trump does for Americans, but that has not been the case. His open border policy for example is putting Canada’s safety at risk; selecting his government based on gender equality instead of merit is short changing Canada; and his discrimination of Christians, while favouring Muslims is un-Canadian as we saw with the summer jobs grants. Rob Janssen